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Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Christchurch

(4.3/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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  • We took 2 toddlers here and found it fabulous. This is not an air museum up to the standards of Duxford or Hendon, but something special. Some of the planes are weather beaten,they are in various stat...  more »
  • We use Bournemouth Airport and have noticed this museum. Lovely hands on feel for the visitors old and young. If you are an aircraft buff and looking for publications lots of books here. Everyone was ...  more »
  • What a great place, run solely by volunteers, passionate about aircraft. We were on holiday and were driving past and happened to see the sign 'Aviation Museum', so went in. So glad we did. We spent a...  more »
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  • I took my mum to this museum about 2 weeks ago now at the weekend as my Grandad was in the air force. At first you think you have gone the wrong way as there are lots of signs for the children's theme park 'Adventure Wonderland' but if you stay with it you will realise that they actually share the same car park but in no way are they connected in regards of facilities so no cross over i.e. screaming children. The exhibit has lots of retired planes, it is a great experience where it allows you to really get up close to the planes and even sit in most of the cockpits and fiddle around with the switches and dials which was great for some photo opportunities. Me and my mu have relatively short attention spans however there was enough to keep us at the attraction for about 3 hours. We especially liked the 'Palmair' exhibit which told us all about the small but mighty airline which kicked off the trend of going on holiday from Bournemouth Airport. You got to go into half of one of their retired planes where there was a video and a dress up to style yourself either as cabin crew or pilon which could have been fun however it could have done with a good wash so we decided not to. There are lots of places to sit, relax and eat picnics in the centre of the museum which may I add is 95% outdoors in a grass field so I would recommend taking your wellies if the weather is a bit dodgy that day. There was not the facility to buy something savoury to eat so I would recommend taking a picnic or eating somewhere near. I only live down the road in the beautiful Southbourne so this was not a problem for us. All in all a great attraction that should be supported as it is a great time capsule for our modern day heritage. It is very cheap to get into compared to other things to do in the area and I would definitely consider visiting again in a year or two. The car park is treacherous as there are many pot holes, this however was fun as I own a small 4X4 and we had a mad 10 minutes after going in,out and over the bumps causing a big splashes which was hilarious, I would even consider going again if I was passing just for this element!
  • Small but impressive collection of aircraft, visitors are actively encouraged to be hands on and sit in the cockpits
  • Lovely place. Very hands on.
  • One of the best museums around. You can climb into the cockpits of various planes. Space for a picnic but bring your own food and drink.
  • Old and ragged, but nice little outdoor museum.