Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum
4.5
Educational sitesHistory Museums
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Royal Air Force College Cranwell (the first Military Air Academy in the world) is probably the most famous landmark in Royal Air Force (RAF) history. Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum portrays the fascinating story of this historic establishment from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the current day. Discover the history of the RAF Cranwell/RAF College Cranwell through artefacts, story boards, displays and exhibits. Try your hand on our interactive exhibits including a flight simulator where you can attempt to land a Jet Provost on the runway at RAF Cranwell before your fuel runs out! The museum also has a programme of changing exhibitions; the current exhibition 'A Tale of Two Apprentices' tells the story of two of RAF College Cranwell's apprentices, Sir Frank Whittle and Herbert Tomlin. During school holidays (including Bank Holidays) the museum offers family-friendly craft activities on their 'Make-It Monday' sessions. Free entry, donations are welcomed.
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  • Richard
    Llandybie, United Kingdom429 contributions
    Brilliant Informative Museum.
    This is a lovely, informative museum. A lot to see & all well laid out, with hands on items for all ages. The guides are very friendly and informative as is the charming young council lady. Small cafe area and shop, with toilet facilities.
    What a great review, we’re so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Cranwell Museum and found the guides friendly and informative. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 3 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Brian
    28 contributions
    August Lincolnshire Aviation History
    We stopped on the way to Newark Air Museum, during a Lincolnshire aviation weekend trip, from East Kirkby & Coningsby. A lovely little, very personal, museum about the history of RAF Cranwell. Made to feel very welcome by the very personable and knowledgeable volunteer team. Very informative historic museum, with a very interesting apprenticeship section contrasting a very well known name with another apprentice. Drop in if you're passing, we'll worth the visit
    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review - we're happy to hear you found the team personable and knowledgeable, and glad you found the museum informative. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 16 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • jon b
    Burnley, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Interesting visit
    Excellent staff, willing to engage and spend time explaining. Good displays and exhibits fully explaining the life of of aviators from early balloon defences to modern jets. All this set on the doorstep of Cranwell RAF College.
    Thank you for your wonderful review Jon - we're pleased to hear you found the museum interesting and the staff willing to engage and explain. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 16 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 15 August 2023
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Susan S
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fabulous little museum full of history and information.very lovely lady who was so knowledgeable.
Small gift shop close to RAF Cranwell college and airfield.
Written 19 February 2024
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Sleaford, UK2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We decided to do a quick visit at 2.30pm with our grandsons as a last minute decision knowing the museum closed at 3pm. On arriving at the museum we met the lady running the venue, who was very negative. She stated the cafe, shop and all interactive displays were closed and the access to the aircraft outside was locked. I did apologise for our late attendance but felt half an hour would be more than enough time for the children and it did not state on the website, that things are closed down from 2.30pm. The boys enjoyed the exhibits and we finished our look round in about 10 minutes.
We will visit again at a more earlier time but hope for a more friendly reception from any staff member!
Written 16 February 2024
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jon b
Burnley, UK9 contributions
Aug 2023
Excellent staff, willing to engage and spend time explaining.
Good displays and exhibits fully explaining the life of of aviators from early balloon defences to modern jets.
All this set on the doorstep of Cranwell RAF College.
Written 15 August 2023
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Thank you for your wonderful review Jon - we're pleased to hear you found the museum interesting and the staff willing to engage and explain. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 17 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Brian
28 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We stopped on the way to Newark Air Museum, during a Lincolnshire aviation weekend trip, from East Kirkby & Coningsby.
A lovely little, very personal, museum about the history of RAF Cranwell. Made to feel very welcome by the very personable and knowledgeable volunteer team. Very informative historic museum, with a very interesting apprenticeship section contrasting a very well known name with another apprentice. Drop in if you're passing, we'll worth the visit
Written 7 August 2023
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Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review - we're happy to hear you found the team personable and knowledgeable, and glad you found the museum informative. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 17 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Richard
Llandybie, UK429 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely, informative museum. A lot to see & all well laid out, with hands on items for all ages. The guides are very friendly and informative as is the charming young council lady. Small cafe area and shop, with toilet facilities.
Written 26 June 2023
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What a great review, we’re so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Cranwell Museum and found the guides friendly and informative. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 3 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Amy Griffin
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Wow, what a place!! We are local and we're just looking for somewhere to spend a couple of hours before the kids go back to school. We arrived and were immediately greeted and made to feel welcome. We were taken around the museum and everything was explained to us. Lots of interactive things to do for the little ones and a wealth of history were there for all to see. We especially liked the animal display of those that had helped in the wars and the progression of aviation history. Had a lovely little gift shop and a little coffee corner at great value. We then went back in and spent time in the courtyard looking at the plane and finishing off our drinks. Already looking g forward to coming back to see what is on offer at Christmas. Thank you so much for answering our questions and sharing your knowledge with us
Written 28 October 2022
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Thank you for your review, we’re so pleased to hear you had a great time at the museum and hope you manage to visit again soon!
Written 11 December 2022
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DocEvil
Wareham, UK11 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Fascinating museum full of exhibits and interactive experiences to educate and inform in a fun way. The museum is compact and would keep a family busy for a good hour. Unexpected bonus of a full size Jet Provost to marvel at.
Written 24 October 2022
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Thank you for your review, we’re really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the museum and hope you can come again soon.
Written 26 October 2022
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Roger Micklethwaite
1 contribution
Sept 2022
A great flying visit to an interesting museum, cheerfully greeted by “Debbie “ who informed us what the museum was about.
There are interactive displays for the younger visitors, but for us it told us about the rich aviation history of RAF Cranwell over the years.
Well worth a visit.
Written 29 September 2022
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Thank you for your great review - we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the museum and the information on the history of RAF Cranwell. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 10 October 2022
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Zoe C
London, UK49 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
I visited this museum with my history mad husband and our baby daughter and we had a wonderful experience. The museum was empty when we arrived so we spent a lot of time chatting to the lovely staff who are very knowledgeable, as well as being kind and helpful, especially the gentleman who my husband enjoyed talking to about planes. It's a small museum but really interesting and a must for anyone interested in aviation history. There are a few interactive exhibits too which children would enjoy including a flight simulator. At the moment there is a temporary exhibitions on animals in war which was fascinating. Thank you!
Written 25 June 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review - we’re so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the museum. We’ll make sure to pass your comments on to the staff and volunteers on duty and hope to see you again soon!
Written 26 June 2022
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Kevin L
Sleaford, UK48 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
I visited on Friday specifically to see the Rebuilding Heroes Exhibition & it’s a fascinating insight into the early days of burns treatment but it is also apparent Mcindoe recognised the mental trauma & looked to find ways to treat that too an insight into a man and his staff of whose efforts should be far more well known.
Although a small museum it is well set out and very informative well worth a visit and you can get coffee and a cake too .
Written 6 February 2022
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Thank you for your kind review, we’re really pleased you enjoyed the Rebuilding Heroes exhibition. We have some of our previous exhibitions on our website which you may find of interest: https://www.heartoflincs.com/exhibition-collection We hope you’ll visit us again soon!
Written 13 February 2022
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CRANWELL AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum is open:
  • Fri - Mon 10:00 - 15:00