Bournemouth Aviation Museum
WE ARE OPENING!
The relaxation of the rules in respect of the Covid 19 pandemic means that Bournemouth Aviation Museum can re-open to the public. At first it will be on a restricted basis. We will open Friday to Monday only commencing from 10th July.
For updates please visit the website directly.
Our museum is a truly hands-on experience. We have many interactive exhibits with most of our aircraft cockpits available for you to actually sit inside. From the famous English Electric Lightning to the mighty Westland Wessex Helicopter – all are available for you to view up close.
A visit to the museum is a memorable and educational time out. You will learn about the variety of exhibits and their various operational roles as well as getting an insight into the local aviation heritage. Located adjacent to the airport and open daily you are sure to catch a glimpse of the live action right on our doorstep.Once your visit is complete why not visit our shop where we have some exciting ideas of gifts and a heaven for anyone interested in aviation. You can even visit the shop without entering the museum, just in case you fancy browsing the aviation memorabilia.
Originally established in May 1998 as the Jet Heritage Museum (housed in the Jet Heritage hangar on the Airport) the museum had the advantage of visitors being able to see work under way on Jet Heritage’s fighter collection as well as access to an outside viewing area. June 1999 saw an open day at the museum where, as well as the Jet Heritage aircraft, visitors were treated to a visit by Concorde. Problems within Jet Heritage saw the company go into liquidation in August 1999 but, being a separate Charitable Foundation, the museum side remained in business. It then became the Bournemouth Aviation Museum, run by a team of volunteers. Exhibits ranged in size from an Isaacs Fury to a BAC One-Eleven: The One-Eleven proved a popular venue for children’s parties.
Museum operations continued until the end of 2007 when Bournemouth Airport dropped a bombshell – Due to planned airport expansion they would not renew the lease of the museum hangar as it was needed for car parking. The airport was unable to offer an alternative site and the future looked bleak with the museum shutting on 19 December 2007. Salvation came in autumn 2008 when museum re-opened having relocated to Adventure Wonderland adjacent to the airport. The majority of aircraft were transported to the new site, but, unfortunately, the One-Eleven and Herald did not make the move.
The museum now has the advantage of being on the same site as Adventure Wonderland – so visitors have two excellent venues to visit at the same location. The museum aims to have, as many exhibits available to sit in as possible – children of all ages love the hands on experience. New exhibits are always being added and the recent arrival of the Boeing 737 will enable children’s parties to be hosted once again.
Plenty of free parking available.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|3 - 16 Years||£3.00 per ticket|
|Adult||£7.00 per ticket|
* Coronavirus Opening - From 10th July, Friday to Monday. Please check website for updates as days and times may be subject to change.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good70
- Dangerpantz1Christchurch, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayA bit run downFriday, 6th March 2020Not bad for kids but most of the exhibits are a bit shabby and run down, I’ve been there before but it seems to have deteriorated. Read full review
- Gavin WWimborne, United KingdomSo very interestingWednesday, 8th April 2020So very interesting. Small outdoor are but with some fascinating insights in aeroplanes and flight. Pleanty of parking and reasonable entry. staff very knowledgeable. Read full review
- -_-Plane-_-nerd-_-77Winchester, United KingdomGreat little museumFriday, 8th May 2020Located right by the Bournemouth Airport runway, so nice and easy to find, they even write down when all the planes are leaving so you can go up to the viewing platform and see them take off. Very... Read full review