Experience 100 intriguing aviation years in the National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport (just 45 minutes from Amsterdam). The Aviodrome, with its very large collection of historic planes, is a unique aviation theme park and is opened year round. The interactive Aviodrome exposition and the dynamic theme park bring history back to life. Regularly special activities and events are organized for the public. During school holidays special activities for children are organized. The National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome is a great day out for young and old alike.
The 'time machine' takes visitors back to 1896, showing them key events in Dutch aviation history on the way. Now the journey though history can really begin. Authentic Dutch aircraft are presented in beautiful displays that, together with many visual and sound effects, provide the right period atmosphere. When museum guests visit 'the 1930's' they can board the 'Pelikaan', a beautifully simulated pre-war KLM Fokker airliner, to experience what air travel must have been like in the early years of passenger air transport. In the 'top-down' theatre visitors take on the role of passengers in a hot air balloon, flying over some of the most interesting sites in the Netherlands. The size of the post-war passenger aircraft in the exhibition hall will certainly impress. The concept of flight is explained in the 'aviation lab'; hands-on experiments show how and why aircraft can fly.
Apart from the beautiful museum exhibition Aviodrome has much more on offer. A 250-seat movie theatre offers spectacular viewing of wide screen aviation films. In the T-2 hangar outside, the Douglas DC-2 'Uiver', the last flying DC-2 in the world, can be seen. The DC-2 will soon be joined by the Lockheed Constellation, a graceful airliner from the 1940's, which is also in flying condition. The Aviodrome boasts the largest replica in the Netherlands: the Schiphol 1928 building. An exact replica of the 1920's Amsterdam Airport terminal building. Children will love the flight simulator in which the thrills of flying a jet fighter can be experienced first hand.
For current visiting hours, please visit the website of the museum.
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- Text: Nationaal Luchtvaart-Themapark Aviodrome
- Photos: Alex Ossel