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

    9th October 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

    10th July 2020

    star rating  The Wings museum has a fantastic collection of aircraft items from the second world war. It has UK, German, Japanese and Russian items and tells the whole story of the... read more

    11th May 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  Absolutely amazing
    great staff (and geoff!!) woulod recommend to anyone of anyage hand on experience
    Just go
    JB TC and big J

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    5th July 2023

    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  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  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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    8th September 2020
  • 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  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  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  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  Such a wonderful museum, so much to see and learn. Every volunteer was so helpful, eager and informative, really lovely to have been shown some special treasurers and then found... read more

    avatar thumb Mrs C
    9th September 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

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    20th June 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.

    5th July 2019

    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  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  This is a fascinating museum, with exhibits displayed as they were found, not repaired. It puts another aspect on the awful times of war.
    A very interesting exhibit is photos... read more

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    14th November 2022

    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  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

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    17th August 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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    3rd August 2021

    star rating  Could not fault the guys who work here! From the second we approached the entrance, we were warmly greeted by a fantastic gentleman! Ended up chatting to him for a... read more

    avatar thumb Webby123123
    26th April 2023

    star rating  We loved this museum! Fascinating mix of war time objects and salvaged planes. Really interesting stories told of the aircraft and war time and lives tragically ended too soon.

    2nd July 2022

    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  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  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

    avatar thumb Stuart M
    28th August 2020

    star rating  Such a wonderful museum, so much to see and learn. Every volunteer was so helpful, eager and informative, really lovely to have been shown some special treasurers and then found... read more

    9th September 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

    8th October 2020

15 minutes from Gatwick Airport
25 minutes from Brighton

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