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“Good Jet Story, but too small, 1.5 hour max visit”
Review of Jet Age Museum

Jet Age Museum
Ranked #2 of 80 things to do in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Dedicated to the preservation of Gloucestershire's rich aviation heritage, Jet Age Museum is an all-volunteer, registered charity. We tell the story of the Gloster Aircraft Company, focussing on the first Allied jet flight. Our mission is the preserve the past and inspire the future by telling the stories of the people and places that put our County at the forefront of the aerospace industry.
Reviewed 12 August 2014

A good start to this museum which is run entirely by volunteers. The exhibits are interesting, there just aren't enough of them. The cafe is useful after going around to help support the museum.

PROS - free parking on site
- the DVD playing of the whittle jet engine was very interesting (not loud enough to hear properly though)
- its FREE - entry is free, but a donation is expected as it is charity funded. To be honest I think they should start charging £5 entry as quite a few people left without donating anything.

CONS - too small and not enough exhibits
- the cafe is very basic with a small menu, but it is clean and helpful staff

2  Thank Nigel R
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Darren L, Museum chairman at Jet Age Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2014

Many thanks for your feedback; I'm sorry you thought our museum was too small. The building, which opened officially in May and houses 7 airframes, 3 cockpits and 21 display cabinets covering the history of Gloucestershire's aviation heritage and the people behind it from the early 1900's, is very much the beginning of our journey. We have planning permission for another two bays at the rear of the building, which, with a fair wind and more donations, we'll be able to start in 2015. We are, as you point out, entirely dependant on donations and these, and our visitor numbers since opening have exceeded our expectations. 'Phase 2' will enable us to house the other 4 airframes on display outside and provide a much-needed restoration workshop for the half a dozen more aircraft and many hundreds of artefacts we have amassed in storage. VAT rules that we used to save on the upfront build costs prevent us from charging an admission fee but we are ahead of our most optimistic forecasts at this early stage and hope we can sustain the level of support we have received.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We found this on our visit to Gloucestershire following a recommendation by a friend and we were not disappointed. Our party ranged from 10 to 60 and everyone enjoyed it! An entertaining afternoon seeing the planes and getting a hands on experience in the flight deck of a couple of them. The volunteers are superb, very passionate about what they do and are happy to spend time answering questions and talking about their experiences. A small café caters for tea and coffee and there are also hot snacks on offer. This attraction is not charged for and yet it is well worth making a good donation and please make sure you ask them for a gift aid form so they can benefit from that too, especially as they do not get any funding. We will definitely be visiting again soon.

2  Thank Felicity b
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

This is a real gem for those who enjoy the more vintage aeroplanes of our time. It has a number of Gloster Meteors, a Javlin, a Gamecock and number of other interesting displays. Although it is small and there are only few planes in the museum with a few more static displays outside, the enthusiasm of the volunteers to help you and explain some of the details and history really make this a great place to visit.
Although we didn't use it, there is a café in the museum with seating for about 20 or so and appeared to be very clean and welcoming.
Again, we didn't have time to look in it but there is a Vulcan cockpit which you can go inside. No worries, we will do that next time as admission is free!

2  Thank ChrisGandTheBean
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We live in Gloucestershire and a work colleague told us about the museum. We took my husbands parents who are in their 80s to look around. Father in law did his National service in the RAF and absolutely loved looking around and chatting to the volunteers. There was a young volunteer who was a such a lovely lad and so knowledgable, spend ages chatting to him. He wanted a career in plane restoration, we hope he gets the opportunity to do this as he was so passionate.

Entry is free, donations encouraged so they can continue with the work.

10 out of 10, will definitely go again.

3  Thank Julia046
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We visited the Jet Age Museum as we had a family interest in the history of the Gloucester Meteor. We had been recommended to visit by a family friend. We were not disappointed. It was truly amazing in displaying the Gloucester aircraft and the story of Whittle and the engines. It was clearly displayed and very interesting. It is run by volunteers who clearly know their stuff. Plenty to do for the children too with smaller exhibits for them to enjoy. The gift shop and coffee shop was good too. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend this to anyone. Not only because it is absolutely free, but of major historical interest.

2  Thank HFH245
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