• 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  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

    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  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  A really informative and moving collection of artefacts, organised into themed displays. None of the polish of the bigger museums and all the better for it!

    3rd September 2021
  • star rating  What a little gem this place is ! we called in on our route doing the London to Brighton classic car rally , don't be put off by the... read more

    1st June 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  Very disappointed with this museum. Scruffy and untidy. No logical layout and very little in the way of real aircraft

    avatar thumb alan p
    18th November 2023

    star rating  Lovely collection of interesting artefacts from WWII, cleverly assembled to tell stories from the time. Well-informed volunteers provide a wealth of extra information.

    avatar thumb Leona C
    8th July 2023
  • star rating  This museum while small is of great interest to ww2 enthusiasts and aircraft fans alike, unlike the sterile world of the more main stream museums, wings has managed to capture... read more

    14th July 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  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  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 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  Visited with a group of friends all of whom are WW2 reenactors. Great visit, so much to see. Friendly staff who made us feel very welcome. Definitely worth a visit.

    avatar thumb moggymark
    12th February 2022

    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  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  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

    8th October 2020

    star rating  In an unassuming farm barn, in the middle of the rolling Sussex countryside, lies an absolute gem of a place, which filled up my Sunday beautifully. This is a quite... read more

    6th March 2022

    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  Thank you to Daniel and his co-workers for an excellent guided tour of this fascinating museum. Lots of exhibits, but not too many, making the tour of the museum easy... read more

    18th February 2022
  • star rating  Second visit to this amazing museum and collection of ww2 artefacts. Loved going inside the Dakota and the fact it was a prop from Band of Brothers is amazing. ... read more

    30th August 2022

    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  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
    30th May 2021

    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  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  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 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  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

15 minutes from Gatwick Airport
25 minutes from Brighton

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