Great Aviation Museums

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Welcome to the Aviation Museums Section. As this section grows I shall put up much more detailed, illustrated pages including lists of aircraft at each museum, photographs and other information.

For now, this page serves as a list of museums, mostly in Britain, that have an aviation connection to a greater or lesser extent. Some of these museums are obviously of national significance, IWM, RAF Hendon, RAF Cosford, Flixton, Newark, Shuttleworth, etc. and their major content is specifically aviation related.

Other museums have very little aviation content, but may contain something related to aviation that is of significance to their geographic area, perhaps due to a local person who had a significant connection with aviation.

Before you drive for miles to find that aviation icon, use the links below to make sure you are going to find what you are looking for. But bear in mind that the smaller museums may well contain the greater surprises.

And please bear with me if there are errors or om missions. If you spot any required corrections, particularly wrong or unserviceable links, or museums which have been left out, or which should no longer be included, please email me. Any anecdotes or stories related to any museum or its contents would also be greatly appreciated.

I am Norfolk based but travel quite extensively and I offer illustrated talks on aviation related topics, including aviation pioneers, warbirds, historic aircraft and the men who flew them, where these aircraft can be found in some of these great museums. If you are interested in hearing a talk please just email me. Thank you.

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, Dickleburg, Norfolk

306 Bombardment Group Museum, Thurleigh, Bedfordshire

Battle Of Britain Bunker, London

Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre, Lincolnshire

Bentwaters Cold War Museum, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Berkshire Aviation Museum, Woodley, Berkshire

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum, Wiltshire

Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Hurn, Dorset

Boxted Airfield Museum, Essex

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Avon

Brooklands Museum, Surrey

Bruntingthorpe Aircraft Museum, Lutterworth, Leicestershire

Caernarfon Airworld, Gwynedd

Charnwood Museum, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Classic Air Force, Newquay, Cornwall

Classic Air Force Airbase, Coventry, Warwickshire

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, North Rauceby, Lincolnshire

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, Croydon, London

Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum, Camelford, Cornwall

De Havilland Aircraft Museum, Colney, Hertfordshire

Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Yorkshire

Dunkeswell Memorial Museum, Devon; Alas, Curently Closed.

Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries & Galloway

Duxford IWM, Cambridgeshire

East Essex Aviation Museum, Essex

East Midlands Aeropark, East Midlands Airport, Derbyshire

Eden Camp, Malton, Yorkshire

Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum, Hampshire

Fenland & West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Cambridgeshire

Firepower - Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich, London

Flambards, Helston, Cornwall

Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset

Fort Paull Museum, Yorkshire

Gatwick Aviation Museum, Surrey

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Cheshire

Halesworth Airfield Museum, Suffolk

Harrington Aviation Museum, Northamptonshire

Helicopter Museum, Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Highland Aviation Museum, Inverness

Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent

Hooton Park Trust, Cheshire

Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Imperial War Museum, London

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Jet Age Museum, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Lanarkshire

Kent Battle Of Britain Museum, Hawkinge, Kent

Langham Dome, Holt, Norfolk

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, Headcorn, Kent

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire

Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park, Manchester

Manx Aviation & Military Museum, Ronaldsway Airport, Isle Of Man

Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum, Suffolk

Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre, Lincolnshire

Midland Air Museum, Coventry, Warwickshire

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, Angus

M Shed, Bristol, Avon

Muckleburgh Collection, Weybourne, Norfolk

Museum Of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Hampshire

Museum Of Science & Industry, Manchester

National Museum Of Flight, East Lothian

National Museum Of Scotland, Edinburgh

Newark Air Museum, Nottinghamshire

Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Norfolk

North East Land, Sea & Air Museum, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

North Weald Airfield Museum, Essex

Norwich City Aviation Museum, Norfolk

Oban War & Peace Museum, Argyll

Parham Airfield Museum, Framlingham, Suffolk

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire

REME Museum Of Technology, Arborfield, Berkshire

REME Museum Of Technology, Lyneham, Wiltshire - Opening Soon, we hope.

Romney Marsh Wartime Collection, Brenzett, Kent

Rougham Tower Association, Suffolk

Royal Air Force Air Defence Museum, Neatishead, Norfolk

Royal Air Force Bircham Newton Heritage Centre, Norfolk

Royal Air Force Manston History Museum, Kent

Royal Air Force Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum, Ramsgate, Kent

Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford,

Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, London

Royal Air Force Scampton Heritage Centre, Lincolnshire

Royal Air Force Wickenby Memorial Collection, Lincolnshire

Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham, Kent

Science Museum, South Kensington, London

Science Museum, Wroughton, Wiltshire

Seething Control Tower Museum, Seething, Norfolk

Shoreham Aircraft Museum, Kent

Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre, Sussex

Shuttleworth Collection, Bedfordshire

Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville, Leicestershire

Solent Sky, Southampton, Hampshire

Solway Aviation Museum, Carlise Airport, Cumbria

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, Doncaster, Yorkshire

Speke Aerodrome Heritage Group, Merseyside

Stondon Motor Museum, Henlow, Bedfordshire

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Purleigh, Essex

Sywell Aviation Museum, Northamptonshire

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Sussex

Tettenhall Transport Heritage Centre, Wolverhampton, west Midlands

Thameside Aviation Museum, East Tilbury, Essex

ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum, West Midlands

Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire

Trenchard Museum, RAF Halton, Berkshire

Ulster Aviation Collection, Lisburn, County Antrim

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Hollywood, County Down

Vulcan Experience, Doncaster, Yorkshire

Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group Museum, Sleap Aerodrome, Shropshire - No Known Website

Wattisham Station Heritage, Suffolk

Wellington Aviation Museum, Moreton In The Marsh, Gloucestershire

Wellesbourne Wartime Museum, Warwickshire

Welsh Spitfire Museum, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Wings Museum, Balcombe, West Sussex

Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire