Welcome Back to the National Naval Aviation Museum

by Katie King |Katie@ewbullock.com

Welcome Back to the National Naval Aviation Museum


Pensacola, Fla. – (May 3, 2023) –The National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) is thrilled to welcome back EVERYONE to the museum starting today and wants to take this opportunity to remind locals and visitors alike that the public access waiver onto NAS Pensacola has been reestablished.

“We cannot express how excited and grateful we are to welcome everyone back to their museum,” said Ret. Adm. Kyle Cozad, President and CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to remind all visitors of these simple ‘Know Before You Go’ tips to help make their experience that much smoother.”

U.S. Navy requirements for NASP base access:

  • All general public visitors to NNAM will be required to enter and exit NASP through the WEST GATE ONLYon Blue Angel Parkway.
  • All guests 18 and older must provide a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license* or a passport to gain access. (*A REAL-ID license has a gold circle with a star in the top right corner of the license. To learn more about REAL ID requirements, click here.)
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
  • All vehicles entering the base may be subject to inspection.

NNAM is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, NASP west gate access remains open to the general public only until 3 p.m. daily.  While on the base, the public will be able to visit the Pensacola Lighthouse, Fort Barrancas, Blue Angels practices, and the National Naval Aviation Museum. Access to Barrancas National Cemetery is always available through the Visitor Control Center to individuals with family interred at the cemetery.

Foreign nationals are allowed on base with certain restrictions, for more information click here. Guests with boat trailers will not be allowed to enter. Access will be dependent on available parking at the National Naval Aviation Museum and Pensacola Lighthouse. Once parking is full, public access will be halted until more parking becomes available. Temporary traffic control points will be located on base to prevent public access to other areas of the installation.

The following restrictions apply to all visitors:

  • No weapons (firearms/knives) allowed (to include concealed weapon permit holders).
  • No backpacks/coolers allowed (diaper bags or medically required bags are acceptable and subject to search).
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed.
  • No drones allowed (countermeasures will be taken)
  • Persons with felony convictions are not authorized base access.
  • All vehicles and personnel are subject to security searches and background checks.
  • No visitors with boats or boat trailers.

Upon entering the museum, NNAM staff will conduct personal bag checks and random metal detection.

The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Media Note: For more information about the National Naval Aviation Museum or Foundation, contact Hannah Pennell at (850) -308-8936 or hpennell@navalaviationmuseum.org. 

About the National Naval Aviation Museum
The National Naval Aviation Museum features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Be sure to visit Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post-WWII era including presidential helicopter, Marine One. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling 3D and HD flight simulators. Don’t miss the drama and power of the new laser-powered Giant Screen digital theater. The Cubi Bar Café offers a unique dining experience, and the Flight Deck Store is the perfect place to find a souvenir that captures the spirit of Naval Aviation. Museum admission is FREE. NAS Pensacola is limited to current Department of Defense (DoD) ID cardholders (active duty service members, retirees, and their families) and Veterans who possess a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs that displays the Veteran’s eligibility status. The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.NavalAviationMuseum.org.
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