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Manx Aviation and Military Museum, Ballasalla
(4.7/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
The Manx Aviation and Military Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of aviation and the military on the Isle of Man. The museum is open at the weekends throughout the year and every day from late May to the end of September. Visits at other times and guided tours can be arranged by appointment. Entry to the museum is free. The Museum was opened on Remembrance Day 2000.

The museum is located in Castletown, Isle of Man right next to Ronaldsway Airport to the south of the island on the main Douglas - Castletown road.

On display amongst the many pieces of wartime memorabilia is one of only a handful of fully restored Morris-Commercial C9/B self-propelled Bofors 40 mm guns.

Other displays cover Jurby and Andreas airfields, the Isle of Man Home Guard, the history of Manx Airlines and a series of small exhibits called \"One Man's War\" which give brief details of the military service of named individuals in the RAF, Royal Navy and Army. One of these displays is dedicated to Polish pilot Stanislaw Podobinski of 303 Squadron, RAF, who died when his Spitfire crashed into high ground on the Isle of Man.
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  • Driven past lots of times and finally to go in. What can I say friendly, facinating, moving. Well worth a visit excellent. 
  • I have been here several times with groups of children aged between 9 and 11years old. It doesn't look much from the outside but once inside the surge of interest and enthusiasm is just palpable. Ther...  more »
  • Great for learning about the history of the island and seeing all the models and gadgets preserved from wartime days. 
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  • A fascinating little museum detailing the IOM's role in the first and second world wars. There's also a few displays about other conflicts. One reviewer was moaning that there are only two planes, which is true, it's a museum which tells to personal stories of people on and off the Island during conflict. If you want to see lots of aircraft then there are many museums with huge collections and vast budgets to look after them. This place is small, it's run by volunteers and they tell the stories of ordinary people in very well. A great way to spend a morning or afternoon.
  • Can't believe I've never been here before. Such an interesting place and the volunteers are informative and very helpful. We will be visiting again.
  • Situated right next to Ronaldsway airport, this little gem packs so much into limited space. Fascinating historical viewpoint from a Manx perspective. Free entry (donations gratefully received). Volunteer staff help make it a unique experience. Go see for yourself.
  • Well done.
  • 2 Planes that is about it