Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Reading
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Remember Douglas Bader flew from Woodley and think the the museum is possibly the only aeronautical vestige remaining from the WW2. For its size it is crammed with varying vintage aeroplanes and assoc... read more »
Besides of the planes, lots of interesting texts to read, brilliant photographs, amazing old objects to see and read about. It's not a big museum, but it's loaded! It was fun to go inside the plane ou... read more »
Cheap entry fee, and a horde of information. That said, this museum is probably best reserved for true plane enthusiasts.
I liked it, a short drive from the motorway. Cost 3.50 to get in and everything has a little short story attached to it. The staff were absolutely nice and while it's not a "wow" place, it's a great place to take your child on a Sunday afternoon.
Visited this museum today along with two friends, 2 senior citizen's and one adult. The museum was well signposted and parking was close to the museum entrance. When you enter you will see the gift shop and a cafeteria area with seating for approximately 25 people. Discounts are available for senior citizen's and large parties or family groups. Visit the website for more information of opening times, directions and entrance times and fees. You will find the website very useful to plan your trip! The museum staff are very helpful, polite and informative, enjoying nothing more than sharing information with visitors on the exhibits and the processes of restoration. Because they are volunteers and enthusiasts they enjoy anything to do with aircraft. The exhibits range from shrapnel to full sized aircraft, from being restored to fully built. The building housing the exhibits has maximised the space and care should be taken walking around, looking down as well as up to avoid collision with wing tips etc. There is a lot of information and reading amongst the displays and exhibits and there are steep steps to an upstairs display area. This museum is nostalgic for the older person and exciting for the very young person. It could be a challenge to navigate for those with limited mobility and a danger for the very little ones going with their parents (No room for running around for small kids inside the building or for buggies and wheelchairs). This museum holds a lot of interesting exhibits and will take you half a day at least to assimilate the information provided. They allow photographs and research with a very customer friendly and orientated outlook. If you crave nostalgia or are interested in early aircraft design, this museum is a must. Support the Museum of Berkshire Aviation, by visiting this site and let you entrance fee contribute to keeping this historical site and its exhibits, for future generations. Historically exhibits range from Bleriot to Concord and everything in between. These planes would have been lost without these volunteers, they have contributed work, money and effort, so that you can enjoy the fruits of their labour, visit this museum and show your appreciation.
For those interested in aviation, this is a great place to pop in and acquaint yourself with Reading's role in aviation. Featuring both models, prototypes and production built machines. Most of them are in a fair state of preservation and restoration efforts are being done with those that are not.
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