The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a unique museum located in Rhinebeck, New York, that offers a glimpse into the world of antique aviation. It boasts one of the largest collections of early airplanes in the world, many of which are flown during weekend airshows, allowing visitors to witness their magnificence up close.

The Aerodrome also features an impressive collection of airplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, early engines, and memorabilia from the years 1900-1935. Visitors can explore four museum buildings that display aircraft from the Pioneer Era, World War I, and the Lindbergh/Barnstorming era.

No visit to the Aerodrome is complete without seeing the Museum, which is open to the public from May 1 to Oct 31, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum

The story of aviation starts at the Pioneer Building, where the first biplane hang gliders that inspired the Wright Brothers can be seen. You can marvel at the historic “Flyers” and follow the decade of innovation with Bleriot, Curtiss, and other pioneers of aviation. These men and their machines were truly magnificent.

The History of Flight Building is where it all comes together. You can explore a comprehensive exhibit of aircraft, vehicles, engines, and memorabilia that make up our static display, paying tribute to the glory of man’s conquest of the air.

Bi Plane Rides

Biplane rides on a 1929 New Standard D-25 are available from May 1, 2022, to Oct 31 on weekdays and weekends. From May 1 to June 17, rides on weekdays are by reservation only, and weekend rides are on a first-come, first-served basis. From June 18 to Oct 16, weekend rides are also on a first-come, first-served basis, but weekday rides are by reservation only, before and after our Air Shows. After Oct 16, weekday rides are by reservation only, and weekend rides are on a first-come, first-served basis. Our biplane can carry up to four passengers per flight, with a minimum of two passengers required. The flight duration is approximately 15 minutes. In addition to biplane rides, we also offer Lighthouse and Lighthouse and Mansion Tours. So, bring your sense of adventure and camera, and experience the thrill of flying in a vintage biplane.

The Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum was established in 1993 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization to continue Cole’s legacy. Our mission is preserving, restoring and flying the aircraft of the Pioneer, WWI, and Golden Ages of Aviation.