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Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum, Farnborough

(4.6/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
The Farnborough Air Sciences Trust museum holds a collection of aircraft, satellites, simulators, wind tunnel and Royal Aircraft Establishment-related material. It is based in Farnborough, Hampshire immediately adjacent to Farnborough Airfield on the A325 Farnborough Road.Part of the collection is housed in Trenchard House, which includes a library, an archive, and a store. There are aircraft on display, some of which have had significant design and/or development contribution from Farnborough. A collection of wind tunnel models is held in storage, along with documentation and historical records of engineering and technical development. There is also a large collection of plans and drawings relating to the Farnborough and Pyestock sites.The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00. It is managed by the trustees of FAST while day-to-day running is carried out by volunteers of the FAST Association.The museum has received praise from the press. In 2009, it featured in both The Times' 'List of the Top 10 Geeky Holiday Spots on the Planet' and The Sun's Kid's Go Free Top 10 Educational Visitor Attractions.Trenchard HouseTrenchard House was built on the Farnborough site in 1907 as the headquarters of No 1 Company of the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers . Known then as G1 Building, it was the oldest building on the site.In 1914 it became the temporary headquarters of Lord Trenchard when he was appointed Officer Commanding the Military Wing of the Royal Flying Corps. The RFC's first operational squadrons were based in the hangars immediately in front of the building.
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  • Good simulators; knowledgeable staff (especially the Concorde chap) who spent a lot of valuable time with us; wonderful models to buy at excellent prices. Great piece of history for a few hours. 
  • This is a really great place to take children or really its great for any age. There is lots to see including Samuel Cody's replica plane and exhibition, this part was really interesting as we knew no...  more »
  • My husband is an aviation fanatic so I took him here as a surprise on his birthday. Be warned though only open weekends & Bank Holidays. For those who faithfully 'follow' their friend or family member...  more »
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  • This is a fascinating and charming museum with a remarkable assortment of exhibits crammed into the buildings and grounds charting the history of British Aviation. The museum is manned by volunteers who go out of their way to assist and relay stories to add a real personal insight into the topic, and if a member of staff is free they will happily open up some of the aircraft to allow you inside.
  • The best museum I´ve ever visited! Highly recommended by me. People working there are volunteers, who will tell you everything about planes in their collection. They are very nice and kind and they will help you with anything. It doesn´t matter if you are an aviation fool or not, you will love this place and I can guarantee you that you will enjoy each minute spent there.
  • Decent little museum, they have 10 to 20 planes and helicopters outside too
  • Fabulous museum on Aviation. Take time to talk to some of the old timers that actually flew some of the plains on exibit. Home of one of the biggest air shows in the world!
  • A local gem, with a selection of unique and extremely rare objects related to aerospace. Could be improved with a bit more organisation. Volunteers are friendly and very enthusiastic. Free entry well worth a visit.