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This Museum is the repository of artifacts, photographs and film, documents and related heritage memorabilia from Patuxent River and other stations, such as Warminster, PA, and Trenton, NJ, that have been consolidated at Patuxent River. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is dedicated to those who have employed their talents in advancing Naval aviation research, development, testing and evaluation.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sundays noon-5pm. The museum is closed on Federal Holidays, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
Admission tickets cost $9 for adults and $7 for the discounted rate and kids 5-12 will cost $4. Admission is free for children 4 and younger and members.
The museum has various displays, photographs, artifacts, and films relating to Patuxent River Naval Air stations. Currently, two simulators are operating at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. They offer the museum customer an opportunity to experience flight in real F-14 cockpits as you take control of the airplane that you select.
With the opening of a new museum building, the current museum facility will become part of an integrated museum complex. The daunting process of upgrading existing exhibits as well as planning for the exhibits to be housed in the new facility has begun.
The museum is wheelchair accessible.
During the summer of 1814, British and American naval forces moved up and down the Patuxent River.
In June 1814, after a skirmish with Com. Joshua Barney’s US Chesapeake Flotilla, the British blockaded this “mosquito fleet” of gunboats and barges into the Patuxent River. The 500 flotillamen withdrew up St. Leonard Creek (a major tributary of the Patuxent) in hopes of outmaneuvering the bigger British ships. What followed became known as the First Battle and Second Battle of St. Leonard Creek, the largest naval engagement of the War of 1812 on Maryland waters. The British also raided and burned farms, towns, and ports along the Patuxent.
American militia, US Army soldiers, and US Marines came to support Barney’s flotilla. Using gun batteries mounted near the mouth of St. Leonard Creek, they attacked the British, allowing the flotilla to leave the creek and sail up the Patuxent. In August 1814, nearly 50 British vessels carrying more than 4,000 troops sailed back up the Patuxent River, landed at the town of Benedict, marched overland, defeated the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, and captured Washington, DC.