• About Wings Aviation Museum


  • The Wings Museum is a totally voluntary organisation run by friendly dedicated volunteers. The museum is a registered charity and a member of Aviation Heritage UK. We are also affiliated with the Royal Air Forces Association, RAFA.

    The Wings Museum is housed in a large "hangar" style building located near to Gatwick Airport and close to Balcombe and Handcross villages in West Sussex. We have been open to the public for over 15 years.

    We display an abundance of original memorabilia representing a wealth of "display themes" including: The Home Front, RAF Fighter Command, The Blitz, Battle of Britain, Bomb Disposal, Home Guard, Air raid shelters, Aircraft Turrets, RAF Bomber Command, US 8th Air Force, Luftwaffe, Russian Front, D-Day and Beyond, and much much more.

    Items on display include aero engines, airframes, cockpits, aircraft gun turrets, uniforms, medals, flying equipment, and hundreds of personal stories of war, sacrifice and courage.

Our UPCOMING EVENTS


*** Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, our 2021 events are subject to changes due to government guidance.
Please check back here, and follow us on Facebook, for more details. ***

We endeavour to present a variety of events throughout the year to entertain and educate visitors to our museum.

These events are currently offered FREE as an added bonus to our museum entrance tickets.

  • 07

    Aug, 2021

  • Rolls Royce Merlin Engine Run

    Wings Museum, Unit 1, Bucklands Farm, Brantridge Lane

    7 August @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    The Wings Aviation Museum is very proud to announce that a 1943 Halifax Rolls Royce Merlin engine from Halifax JD150, which

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  • 09

    Oct, 2021

  • Rolls Royce Merlin Engine Run

    Wings Museum, Unit 1, Bucklands Farm, Brantridge Lane

    9 October @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    The Wings Aviation Museum is very proud to announce that a 1943 Halifax Rolls Royce Merlin engine from Halifax JD150, which

    View Event

** WE ARE NOW REOPEN **

OPENING TIMES

Every Tuesday – Sunday
10:00am – 5:00pm
Last admission is 4.30pm

** THERE IS NO NEED TO BOOK **

MUSEUM ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £8
Over 60s £7
Children 5-12 years £4
Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) £22
Children under 5 FREE

Please remember we are a registered charity, ALL proceeds will be ploughed back into the work of the museum. Last admission is 4.30pm

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our TripAdvisor Reviews…

  • star rating  Brilliant, hidden away, but welcoming and teaming with exhibits. All volunteer staff that are enthusiasts, engaging, informative and helpful. This active museum is continuingly developing and keen for memories, exhibits... read more

    Sussexpellett
    8/04/2019

    star rating  Made a visit to this very good museum on the 25th June, and was made very welcome by the volunteers and owners.

    Lots of artifacts to see with... read more

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    6/30/2021

    star rating  Such a lovely place to visit. My kids loved the stories and interaction with staff. It is not massive but we spent two hours having lots of fun.

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    8/03/2021

    star rating  Very good wartime exhibits with some excellent partial aircraft restorations.
    Interesting radio section.
    Very knowledgeable and friendly volunteer staff.

    kaptinvimes
    7/13/2019
  • star rating  Very interesting visit, really brought home to us the reality of WW2 being fought in the skies over this country and Europe. The personal stories of those heroes made it... read more

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    10/08/2020

    star rating  A hidden jem of a place, a small friendly museum packed full of stuff, well worth the money. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of WW2... read more

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    5/30/2021

    star rating  I had seen the museum on a list of things to do in Sussex so we went along with our 12 year old boy. I love all the human stories... read more

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    7/11/2021

    star rating  Not a great deal to see but military enthusiast would no doubt find much of interest but appears to be a lot more exhibits yet to be shown and not... read more

    Yvonne W
    12/30/2019
  • star rating  The Wings Aviation Museum is situated in a Hangar at Bucklands Farm near Balcombe, approximately 15 minutes drive from Gatwick.

    It is a registered charity, run by volunteers and... read more

    SussexConcierge
    4/03/2020

    star rating  The fascinating way it was laid out. Giving an insight to aircraft from the WW2. Also had a great chat with the person in the radio shack

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    6/19/2021

    star rating  We had passed the sign to the Wings museum on several occasions & always wondered what was there so we decided to take the time to find out.
    Were warmly... read more

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    10/23/2020

    star rating  We had passed the sign to the Wings museum on several occasions & always wondered what was there so we decided to take the time to find out.
    Were warmly... read more

    CatWhisperer88
    10/23/2020
  • star rating  The fascinating way it was laid out. Giving an insight to aircraft from the WW2. Also had a great chat with the person in the radio shack

    avatar thumb Chris C
    6/19/2021

    star rating  A hidden jem of a place, a small friendly museum packed full of stuff, well worth the money. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of WW2... read more

    476stuartb
    5/30/2021

    star rating  This is a great little aviation / WW2 museum. I enjoyed it even more than I expected too; my three year old daughter enjoyed it too, which was a bonus.

    AndrewWBristol
    7/05/2019

    star rating  Had a great visit to Wings Museum yesterday, lots of Aviation related exhibits, recovered wrecks all with intresting and personal stories to give you the background. Went to see the... read more

    175nickw
    8/15/2020
  • star rating  This a thoroughly absorbing and interesting place to visit.
    There's a great deal to take in, so give yourselves plenty of time.
    My Wife was very taken with the navigation... read more

    avatar thumb Bob N
    6/15/2021

    star rating  There is so much to see and explore at this well run museum that you really cannot do it in one visit. We have been twice now and plan... read more

    Christine C
    10/11/2019

    star rating  amazing experience, lots to look at and a wide variety of cool items salvaged from ww2, came here with my dad for father's day/ his birthday and was not disappointed

    avatar thumb Jake Stevens
    6/20/2021

    star rating  A secret collection of genuine artefacts from aviation history in the sussex countryside. A non profitable display supported my volenteers and donations. Its small scale with basic facilities but... read more

    Camper689039
    7/10/2020
  • star rating  Great little museum. It doesn't have a load of planes like some air museums but it does have a lot of interesting stories. You need to take time... read more

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    7/24/2021

    star rating  Had a great time here, so much to see from WW2. Lots of local things that happened during the war. The Dakota from tv series Band of Brothers was incredible,... read more

    N5792CLstuartm
    8/28/2020

    star rating  A building full of STUFF. All of which has obviously been lovingly curated as every oily bit of metal and every odd thing has been researched, identified and explained. The... read more

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    6/20/2021

    star rating  A hidden jem of a place, a small friendly museum packed full of stuff, well worth the money. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of WW2... read more

    avatar thumb Stuart B
    5/30/2021
  • star rating  I had a great time visiting here. There is lots to see from WW2, from restored cockpit displays to bomb disposal equipment and artifact from exhumed wrecks and relics from... read more

    SRP1969
    11/04/2020

    star rating  Smaller than I thought it would be be but still very glad I went along. Lots of exhibits put together with a lot of love and enthusiasm.

    I... read more

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    6/29/2021

    star rating  amazing experience, lots to look at and a wide variety of cool items salvaged from ww2, came here with my dad for father's day/ his birthday and was not disappointed

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    6/20/2021

    star rating  To keep 4 teenagers aged 12-17 interested, this World War 2 based museum is amazing!
    Loads of genuine parts, footage, uniforms, information, all painstakingly collected and displayed!
    The night visit... read more

    Suzanne N
    10/24/2019

15 minutes from Gatwick Airport
25 minutes from Brighton

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