Bournemouth Aviation Museum
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|
|Winter Season (27 Oct 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
|Winter Season (1 Jan 2020 - 30 Mar 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00*|
|Summer Season (31 Mar 2020 - 26 Oct 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00*|
* Open daily except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good69
- Maurice2908Poole, United KingdomGreat afternoon out with the childrenMonday, 21st October 2019Went ophere with my two young boys. They had a great time. There is so much for them to do. The attractions include a fire engine, double decker bus and about 20 planes. There is a viewing gallery... Read full review
- aliianmowbrayBishops Stortford, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyFamily trip for the boysTuesday, 29th October 2019Took our 13 year old plane mad son. Great value for money. Has basic facilities and no coffee shop but going in lots of the planes was a real excitement for him. He’s a you tube fan and knew how to... Read full review
- Jacqueline FChristchurch, United KingdomNice place to spend a pleasant hour or two on a sunny afternoon.Wednesday, 6th November 2019A simple collection of old planes (and a few other vehicles), most of which you can climb in to. It’s great for plane enthusiasts and small boys. Run by volunteers who love to give help and... Read full review