• 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.


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.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday
10:00am – 5:00pm
Last admission is 4:15pm


but you can purchase
Gift Entry Tickets Online NOW!


Adults £12.50
Over 60s £11
Children 5-12 years £7
Family Ticket (2 Adults and 3 Children) £40
Children under 5 FREE

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


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our TripAdvisor Reviews…

  • star rating  a very warm welcome from volunteers at the museum. enormous amount of material and authentic exhibits. the personal stories with medals and photos of actual people from the war... read more

    17th October 2021

    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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    24th July 2021

    star rating  Excellent small museum. The staff are very happy to share some memories and information about the planes, they're also eager to run interactive exhibits such as cockpit tours and radio/... read more

    27th March 2022

    star rating  Have seen the signs for this museum for many years so was curious to check it out. It is jam-packed with exhibits and while planes are the main feature, there... read more

    12th June 2022
  • 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.

    5th July 2019

    star rating  What a fantastic find! A small yet immersive experience, packed with hundreds of rare, original helmets, uniforms, and field gear from World War II. The experience is complete with... read more

    avatar thumb The Kentish Wayfarer
    23rd August 2023

    star rating  A significant and somewhat timely reminder of the people who so courageously defended our shores.
    A genuinely very interesting place to visit for all ages. would recommend everyone to... read more

    Peter A
    14th April 2022

    star rating  Went here with my father and son. There was a wide variety of artifacts and memorabilia on display to keep us all interested. My son particularly enjoyed sitting in the... read more

    24th August 2019
  • star rating  We had often driven past this museum so decided to visit. It was really interesting and the 2 volunteers on duty were really friendly and knowledgeable. There are so many... read more

    avatar thumb Laura T
    23rd January 2022

    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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    20th June 2021

    star rating  My boys loved it. Fascinating artifacts. Very welcoming man who shared his passion and made us very interested too

    avatar thumb Peony B
    29th July 2023

    star rating  Great Museum, very helpful and knowledgable Staff. lots of exhibits and stories to read some very moving to read. if you are interested in the Battle of Britain... read more

    avatar thumb Karen R
    10th September 2021
  • 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
    15th June 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

    4th November 2020

    star rating  Well worth a visit ,facinating information regarding ww11 aircraft and personnel ,and a great tribute to the men and women who fought to keep our freedom alive in... read more

    1st July 2022

    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

    4th August 2019
  • 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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    24th July 2021

    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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    30th June 2021

    star rating  What a hidden treasure!! It’s an amazing little place, which clearly has been loving gathered.
    I could of stayed hours, reading and looking at all of items. ... read more

    1st April 2022

    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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    8th October 2020
  • star rating  The signs to this museum are almost impossible to see,but seeing this slightly eccentric museum is worth the effort.
    There seem to be bits and pieces of virtually every aircraft... read more

    avatar thumb wingate
    8th July 2023

    star rating  I would if they had been open as advertised on their website and on the road signs they had put up on the roads and outside the museum saying it... read more

    18th September 2022

    star rating  Found almost by accident (a leaflet at another site) and decided to take a chance although wasn't sure what to expect - whether there was enough to see. We... read more

    Val C
    31st July 2022

    star rating  Set in the Sussex countryside, not far from main roads, is this little gem! The "hanger" is packed with World War II memorabilia, from personal items to crashed aircraft, a... read more

    avatar thumb Clive
    24th October 2023
  • 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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    19th June 2021

    star rating  Visited this amazing little Gem today, mesmerising and chilling at the same time. Great work kev/Dan

    9th October 2021

    star rating  We visited with our 2 grandchildren aged 11 and 10, and they had such a lovely time. All the staff were very informative, and a big thank you to... read more

    avatar thumb Jackie F
    17th August 2021

    star rating  My partner and I have spoken for years about visiting “Wings”, as we live in the vicinity.

    So, we got there on a warm and sunny morning. We... read more

    Ken M
    13th October 2019

15 minutes from Gatwick Airport
25 minutes from Brighton

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