Midland Air Museum
Midland Air Museum
4.5
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  • Mark W
    5 contributions
    Great aviation museum
    Brilliant museum & a total hidden gem. The staff are friendly and passionate about the planes on display. They try to make stuff as hands on as possible, keeping kids entertained. I would highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 April 2023
  • nobodytoknow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom66 contributions
    Be sure to get the Vulcan tour!
    An eclectic collection of aircraft indoors and outdoors, many models and informative section on the development of the jet engine. The shop had extensive stocks of books, souvenirs and Airfix-type models of all sorts of militaria. The highlight of my visit was a tour inside the Vulcan flight deck by a well-informed and enthusiastic member of the Museum team. You definitely want to ensure that tour is available when you visit. Also, I'd think twice about going if it's raining heavily as most of the aircraft are, unsurprisingly, outdoors. Being a man of a certain age, I found the exhibits and engineering interesting, although I wouldn't call myself an aviation enthusiast. I expect if you are, you'll thoroughly enjoy this museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 July 2023
  • arby27
    Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom273 contributions
    A really great place to visit
    Everyone here is friendly and enthusiastic and the exhibits are really fascinating. We were invited to go into the cockpit of the Vulcan bomber and even my wife, who is not an airplane enthusiast, was impressed. Some of the exhibits are looking a little worse for wear but they are well set out so you get to see them all. And the section devoted to Frank Whittle & his development of the jet engine - despite lack of government support - is really informative. A great place to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Maarten v
    Zeeland, The Netherlands187 contributions
    Recommended for any aviation enthusiast
    Very nice museum with a large collection of interesting stuff and airplanes outside. Friendly staff that explained stuff and even let us sit in some cockpits, even the Vulcan with a very good explanation of the airplane. Defenitely a go for any aviation enthusiast that also likes the history of it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Clgw73
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom47 contributions
    Back for a update
    Remembering that I came here several months ago, I thought another visit was due. Last time, there were aircraft in dire need of a face-lift, and happy to say a few have been done. There are aircraft though that need some tlc and please remember the museum is run solely by volunteers who dedicate their time here. For those who want a souvenir, there's little in the way of actual museum related stuff eg mugs. If it's model kits and books though, you'll be thoroughly satisfied. There's a cafe if peckish and toilets as you enter the museum. Google has transport with a 30 minute walk from the closest bus stop, yet the 42A passes the museum. £8.95 does seem a little steep for entry, considering there is the Raf museum at Cosford and it's free. But please remember, without the fee these aircraft would potentially be on the scrap pile. Worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 October 2023
  • 51plus
    Northampton, United Kingdom139 contributions
    Interesting display of planes
    Excellent museum all round. A lot of information about the inventor of the jet engine, Frank Whittle, and how the British Government didn’t recognise the potential of his work and ensure the patents were kept up to date, so other countries were able to benefit from his research and make their own jet engines….. lots of model aircraft of all sorts, and real aircraft both inside the building and outdoors. You can get inside some planes and we were lucky to have the opportunity to climb up into the cockpit of the Vulcan bomber where an extremely knowledgeable guide explained what we were looking at (thanks Alan!) After about 3 hours walking round we were pleased to sit down in the cafe area and have a pot of tea. (They do have biscuits, chocolate and crisps, but no sandwiches or hot food) The shop sells aircraft related books and models. All in all a very pleasant visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 October 2023
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Peter
East Leake, UK9 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Going in late Autumn/early Winter was not the best of choices, as the museum is not heated, and of course the exhibits outside are exposed to the elements.
The history of Frank Whittle was pretty good, and getting close to the Avro Vulcan was nice, and had not realised just how big the wingspan was.
A lot of the exhibits outside need some TLC, and the inside seemed cluttered.
Having said that, the kids enjoyed it.
Written 1 December 2023
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51plus
Northampton, UK139 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Excellent museum all round. A lot of information about the inventor of the jet engine, Frank Whittle, and how the British Government didn’t recognise the potential of his work and ensure the patents were kept up to date, so other countries were able to benefit from his research and make their own jet engines….. lots of model aircraft of all sorts, and real aircraft both inside the building and outdoors. You can get inside some planes and we were lucky to have the opportunity to climb up into the cockpit of the Vulcan bomber where an extremely knowledgeable guide explained what we were looking at (thanks Alan!) After about 3 hours walking round we were pleased to sit down in the cafe area and have a pot of tea. (They do have biscuits, chocolate and crisps, but no sandwiches or hot food) The shop sells aircraft related books and models. All in all a very pleasant visit.
Written 26 October 2023
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Clgw73
Gloucestershire, UK47 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Remembering that I came here several months ago, I thought another visit was due. Last time, there were aircraft in dire need of a face-lift, and happy to say a few have been done. There are aircraft though that need some tlc and please remember the museum is run solely by volunteers who dedicate their time here. For those who want a souvenir, there's little in the way of actual museum related stuff eg mugs. If it's model kits and books though, you'll be thoroughly satisfied. There's a cafe if peckish and toilets as you enter the museum. Google has transport with a 30 minute walk from the closest bus stop, yet the 42A passes the museum. £8.95 does seem a little steep for entry, considering there is the Raf museum at Cosford and it's free. But please remember, without the fee these aircraft would potentially be on the scrap pile. Worth a visit.
Written 14 October 2023
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Jamie S
Leighton Buzzard, UK7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Fantastic, what a place. We aren't even that into planes but we were hooked here.

The promise of a view inside the Vulcan helped.

The staff were all super friendly and really knew their stuff, especially about the Vulcan. It's all well laid out too, helps when you pick a nice day to go!

As for the Vulcan, wow, what a machine.
You climb up 2 small sets of ladders into the navigation area where upto 5 people sit and a volunteer runs through how they would have worked.

Unfortunately, we were in a queue at the bottom unaware of what was happening, so we all got a bit frustrated when the people in front took half an hour inside. I must apologise again to the fantastic volunteers for my outburst there. But just be aware there can be a wait.

The actual cockpit is off limits, but you can see it and climb the ladders towards it for a view.

Absolutely fantastic, we will be visiting this place again.

Oh just to note too, they let my 3 Yr old son climb into the vulcan too and the volunteer was very accommodating.

Brilliant, worth a visit for the Vulcan alone!
Written 6 August 2023
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Maarten v
Zeeland, The Netherlands187 contributions
Jul 2023
Very nice museum with a large collection of interesting stuff and airplanes outside. Friendly staff that explained stuff and even let us sit in some cockpits, even the Vulcan with a very good explanation of the airplane. Defenitely a go for any aviation enthusiast that also likes the history of it.
Written 22 July 2023
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Jessica T
7 contributions
Jul 2023
Very interesting place lots to see friendly staff good location as we were staying at the nearby chef and brewer pub and i was going to do flight simulator at 1.30
Written 16 July 2023
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Wanderer46837170523
Birmingham, UK5 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Small friendly museum, very nice to ponder and imagine these great planes in action.
Small but a nice afternoon out.
Written 14 July 2023
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arby27
Sawbridgeworth, UK273 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Everyone here is friendly and enthusiastic and the exhibits are really fascinating. We were invited to go into the cockpit of the Vulcan bomber and even my wife, who is not an airplane enthusiast, was impressed. Some of the exhibits are looking a little worse for wear but they are well set out so you get to see them all. And the section devoted to Frank Whittle & his development of the jet engine - despite lack of government support - is really informative.
A great place to visit.
Written 11 July 2023
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nobodytoknow
Glasgow, UK66 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
An eclectic collection of aircraft indoors and outdoors, many models and informative section on the development of the jet engine. The shop had extensive stocks of books, souvenirs and Airfix-type models of all sorts of militaria.

The highlight of my visit was a tour inside the Vulcan flight deck by a well-informed and enthusiastic member of the Museum team. You definitely want to ensure that tour is available when you visit.

Also, I'd think twice about going if it's raining heavily as most of the aircraft are, unsurprisingly, outdoors.

Being a man of a certain age, I found the exhibits and engineering interesting, although I wouldn't call myself an aviation enthusiast. I expect if you are, you'll thoroughly enjoy this museum.
Written 10 July 2023
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KatieMarshall72
7 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Went to the museum with the intention of seeing the Vulcan inside and out. Paid for tickets at 10am when the museum opened and looked around. Vulcan not open to view inside straight away. Looked around rest of museum then came back to the Vulcan at the end of our visit at 10:30am, to be told that there was a group looking round it and we would have to wait an hour and a half before we could see inside. We had already been round the museum so it wasn’t worth waiting an hour and a half for 5 minutes to look inside. We were not told this when purchasing our tickets otherwise we wouldn’t have bought them. Why are group visits booked on a weekend at peak time and general visitors not allowed to see the main attraction when they have paid for their ticket as well?
Written 1 July 2023
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