The Cradle of Aviation Museum is an aerospace museum located in Garden City, New York on Long Island. It commemorates Long Island’s part in the history of aviation. It is located on land once part of Mitchel Air Force Base which, together with nearby Roosevelt Field and other airfields on the Hempstead Plains, was the site of many historic flights. So many seminal flights had occurred in the area, that by the mid-1920s the cluster of airfields was already dubbed the “Cradle of Aviation,” the origin of the museum’s name.
Today, the museum contains over 60 aircraft and scale models of airplanes from various time periods and an actual unused Apollo Lunar Module, LM-13. The museum is one of the more popular Air and Space museums in the United States and is well known for its innovative installations, including unique audio-visual, hands-on, and interactive exhibits. In addition to the museum itself, the complex houses the JET BLUE DOME theater featuring IMAX 70 millimeter format films as well as a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, as well as the Red Planet Cafe, which is decorated to look like a space station on Mars. Click Here to visit their website