• 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.

Winter Opening Times

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Last admission is 3:00pm

Please Note:
The Museum’s Opening Times have changed for the Winter,
opening only Saturdays and Sundays,
from just after Remembrance Sunday, 12th November,
until February, when the museum is again
open 6 days a week, Tuesday-Sunday.


but you can purchase
Gift Entry Tickets Online NOW!


Adults £10
Over 60s £9
Children 5-12 years £5
Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) £30
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  Visited this amazing little Gem today, mesmerising and chilling at the same time. Great work kev/Dan

    9th October 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

    23rd January 2022

    star rating  Took the kids here, aged 7 and 8, and had a throughly good time. There’s lots of interesting artefacts in the museums and pieces of WW2 memorabilia and part of... read more

    27th August 2022

    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

    28th August 2020
  • star rating  Very much enjoyed our second visit to the Wings Museum. There is so much to see and take in that it merits a second trip.

    Each object has a... read more

    avatar thumb Chrissie B
    7th November 2021

    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
    19th June 2021

    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  a rainy winter Sunday seemed the perfect excuse to visit somewhere we had often passed signs to but never visited and I am very glad we did. very helpful and... read more

    8th February 2022
  • 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  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

    avatar thumb Alec B
    30th June 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

    avatar thumb leighleigh
    11th July 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  Visiting on a rainy Sunday morning with my husband and 4yr old. My husband is a military history enthusiast and was blown away with just how much was crammed into... read more

    20th August 2019

    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  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

    15th August 2020

    star rating  First we have to say that the customer service was warm and friendly.

    The museum has a lot of interesting artefacts on display and will need a second... read more

    20th October 2019
  • 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  Visited on 1 November with our 6 and 9 year. The place is full of great exhibits and really worth a visit. Our kids loved it and would have spent... read more

    3rd November 2019

    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  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  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

    10th October 2021

    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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    29th June 2021

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

    avatar thumb Elaine
    9th October 2021
  • 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  Would highly recommend visiting the Wings Aviation Museum, Have wated to go for ages.. wasnt disappointed, The Volunteers were excellent, very informative and helpful

    27th July 2022

    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  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

    23rd October 2020

15 minutes from Gatwick Airport
25 minutes from Brighton

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