The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum, Weston super Mare: Hours, Address, The Helicopter Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Helicopter Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is the largest dedicated Rotorcraft Collection in the world, with over 80 helicopters displayed inside the museum's iconic hangar! Favourites include two of the Queen’s Royal Flight helicopters, the world speed record holder G-LYNX (400 km per hour!), the Vietnam Veteran Huey and the Hind Russian Gun Ship. Explore the old airfield's restored Pilots Block where you will find the ‘Weston Aviation Exhibition’ telling the story of Weston-super-Mare’s famous aviation past. Outside on the old taxiway visitors will be wowed by the 30 foot ‘Bristol Bloodhound’ Missile - the rockets of which were made just down the road in Banwell shortly after WW2. You don’t have to be an aviation buff to enjoy the museum and there’s plenty for kids to do - interactive zone, film theatre and ‘Play Copter’ are all family favourites! Regular open cockpit days give you a chance to climb aboard, have the controls explained to you by an expert and pose for a photo!
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Keith B
Weston super Mare, UK310 contributions
Like a "Tardis"so big on the inside with so many exhibits. Excellent Collection and Cafe
Sep 2021
I have been here twice in the last couple of months- August & September.
So many aircraft on show. It is amazing how they got so much in.
A lovely spacious cafe and an abundance of books; old and new on sale with other aircraft related goods all at reasonable prices.
There is also an outside display and separate building showing the history of the airfield and surrounding area.
I've been twice so far because there's so much to take in.
Plans to go again soon
You can return to the museum within the year with your ticket.
The Museum Guide book - excellent value and informative addition to your visit and a very reasonable £3.50.
Written 16 September 2021
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PaulC924
Billingham, UK716 contributions
Well recommended.
Sep 2021
Such a massive collection. We were a bit pushed for time so we didn't really see the full displays. We were verry impressed by what they had and the staff were so friendly.
Written 16 September 2021
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Gregg T
Coventry, UK7 contributions
Not cheap but interesting
Sep 2021
Not to big charity run but my grandson loved Vary interesting and nicely laid out staff were friendly
Written 6 September 2021
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FinediningAmber
Salisbury, UK113 contributions
Unimpressive
Aug 2021
We visited the Helicopter Museum as my husband was taking part in a car event that was based there. I was interested in visiting as it was advertised as the "largest display of Helicopters in Europe". However, having visited other similar aircraft museums (Duxford, Hendon, Army Museum at Middle Wallop) this was not the case.

The helicopters on display were all a bit of a jumble, there was no timeline, or organisation in the displays of any kind. In many cases there were just bits of helicopter - fine if you are an engineering enthusiast but probably not of interest to the general public.

There was nobody (volunteer or otherwise) on hand to answer any questions or provide any information.

I also thought the displays presented a safety hazard for children (bits of metal poking out all over the place). There were signs informing people to watch their children around the displays (not so easily done with excitable children) but nobody enforcing the message.

The cafe was also lack lustre. Instant coffee (again not the quality advertised), a few sorry sarnies - nothing for those with dietary intolerances or allergies, some crisps, ices and chocolate bars. Hardly extensive fayre.
Written 3 September 2021
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Bethany R
Berkshire4 contributions
Museum great, but unfortunately the Board of Trustees hates children
Aug 2021
We visited in a large family group with 8 children between 2 and 6 years old. The Staff and volunteers were friendly and welcoming and the museum had plenty of space even when we were together as one group. There is a large variety of helicopters as well as some information on how they work. The information was mostly a balanced mix of how the helicopter model fitted into technology advances and anything noteworthy about that particular aircraft- a good mix of civil and military. Not very accessible for young children, but easily accessible for older children and adults who know nothing about helicopters when they arrive. It would be easy for the museum to adapt to make fun for younger children as well.

For younger children, there is a helicopter climbing frame outside and a real helicopter you can climb inside and into the cockpit. We attended on a day that was advertised as an open cockpit day, but sadly there were no open cockpits across the morning we were there.

Unfortunately, the whole visit was ruined by a gentleman who turned out to be the head of the trustee board. After we had finished lunch (the cafe staff were happy to let us picnic in the cafe as there were many empty tables), the children all played on a children play table off to the side of the cafe, in a boothed area. The gentleman marked himself out as someone to keep an eye on as he chose to sit in this boothed area right up close to the childen and watched them intently, even after he had relocated to another table.
He then later came back with an incredibly rude and hostile tone to tell me that the children were a nuisance. He said they had been running about (only walking), messing with things they shouldn't be touching (the children's play table) and had been left unsupervised (they had always had at least one adult with them). He then went on to tell me that the children were disturbing the whole cafe (most of whom had barely registered we were there) and said that anyone like us was unwelcome at their museum. Since the only disagreeable thing any of the children had done was exist, I can only assume he means that he would prefer no families with children ever visit. Either that or he objected to me defending my children by refuting all the objections he had- since he had waited until all the men were busy with children elsewhere, he could simply be a mysogynist and objecting to me daring to contrtadict him. Either way, I could not in good conscience recommend the museum to any families in case you were also subjected to abuse from this gentleman.
Written 1 September 2021
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Angela G
New York City, NY8 contributions
Definitely worth a visit.
Aug 2021 • Family
Loads bigger than I expected it to be! Impressive selection of Helicopters, with interesting information on each one. Particularly enjoyed the Vietnam section and watching the 10 minute film on the history of the helicopter in their mini cinema. The staff were all very friendly and ready to answer any questions you may have. A magician was there to entertain the younger visitors with regular shows. We visited the cafe before we left which was clean and bright, with a small selection of well priced meals such as sandwiches, chips, and pasties etc. Definitely a good way to fill a morning or afternoon.
Written 31 August 2021
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Chris B
United Kingdom7 contributions
Excellent day out!
Aug 2021 • Family
We went to the museum yesterday and it was really good. We weren’t sure what to think going in but when we had finished we all agreed it was amazing. They have some incredible helicopters including the Queens helicopter and the helicopter that featured in Black Widow. While we were walking around we met Joe biggles a volunteer there. He was such a nice man who knew a lot about helicopters. There were things he told us that I would have never known without speaking to him. Also the manager was very informative. You could tell that the people were experts and loved telling you about their passion.
Written 26 August 2021
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LMo
3 contributions
Better than i ever expected
Aug 2021
We visited this museum as a family (7, 12, 16) and the mother in law in tow.

Honestly, only visited to fill a gap in our trip as it was near our hotel. However we were not disappointed, everyone seemed to find it interesting and enjoyed the 2 1/2 hours we were there. The helicopters on display have all the history displayed, with volunteers moving around to give you additional information and stories.

There is display engine components to help understand the function which is interactive enough to keep the children entertained. With an aircraft open for the children to sit in and a volunteer was explaining how to fly which was a great addition.

There was a magic show, which was a little cheesy but the children enjoyed it never the less.
Written 25 August 2021
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Gary_Lynne
Dursley, UK129 contributions
Family visit
Jun 2021
Great that you can re use tickets I would have preferred to pay less for them.
Very well laid and nice to see
Written 23 August 2021
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Kezia M
Basingstoke, UK166 contributions
Very good for some people
Aug 2021 • Family
We spent almost two hours here with two teenagers. If you're into helicopters/engineering/history it is very extensive, informative and interesting. However it is not everyone's cup of tea. Plenty of space to socially distance.
Written 21 August 2021
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