• 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 events are still 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.

WINTER OPENING TIMES 2021/2022

Winter Opening Times From 15th January 2022:

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Last admission is 3.00pm

** 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.

VISIT US

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our TripAdvisor Reviews…

  • star rating  Small, but perfectly interesting.

    Spent 90 mins here, and their ww2 artefact collection is very impressive.

    I particularly liked the air raid shelter.
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    binman66
    8th September 2020

    star rating  Visited this amazing little Gem today, mesmerising and chilling at the same time. Great wor

    avatar thumb Elaine
    9th October 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
    30th May 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
    10th July 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

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    23rd October 2020

    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
    3rd April 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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    30th May 2021

    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

    kayb873
    8th October 2020
  • 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
    5th July 2019

    star rating  Great museum focused on WW2 and RAF, the volunteers really know their stuff and have a passion for their subjects. Great to hear they filmed the Band of Brothers in... read more

    avatar thumb Andrew S
    17th August 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  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

    avatar thumb jackie
    17th October 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

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    15th June 2021

    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
    15th August 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

    avatar thumb Russell G
    29th June 2021

    star rating  Was very interesting ended up talking to 2 very nice volunteers who gave me and my friend some very interesting history about all the artifacts in the building... read more

    avatar thumb josh p
    16th September 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

    star rating  A really informative and moving collection of artefacts, organised into themed displays. None of the polish of the bigger museums and all the bette

    avatar thumb Tom G
    3rd September 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 lot

    avatar thumb Nice2019
    3rd August 2021

    star rating  I went today with my son ( loves war/aviation stuff ) my dad ( also an aviation enthusiast ) and my mum. Whilst I popped to the toilets the kind... read more

    Sonia B
    29th July 2020
  • 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
    4th November 2020

    star rating  We visited the Museum yesterday. The star attraction was the start up of a renovated Merlin engine from a crashed Halifax bomber. This was a considerable engineering feat and is... read more

    avatar thumb Peter C
    10th October 2021

    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

    avatar thumb DoctorTechnical
    20th June 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
    11th October 2019
  • 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
    28th August 2020

    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

    avatar thumb leighleigh
    11th July 2021

    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  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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    20th June 2021

15 minutes from Gatwick Airport
25 minutes from Brighton

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