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“Pricey and you have to pay more for things once inside...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Fleet Air Arm Museum

Fleet Air Arm Museum
RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Yeovil BA22 8HT, England
+44 (0) 1935 840565
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Ilchester
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Fleet Air Arm Museum will thrill the whole family. Get up close and personal with Europe’s largest collection of Naval aircraft and see the first British Concorde.You’ll ‘Fly’ by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the Ark Royal where two enormous projection screens show aircraft taking off and landing. Witness an air sea rescue when a Buccaneer is lost over the side into the sea. There’s even a nuclear bomb.Situated alongside RNAS Yeovilton, you may also see aircraft flying in and out.Visit The Fleet Air Arm Museum. The thrill is being there.
Fareham, United Kingdom
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“Pricey and you have to pay more for things once inside...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

As a family we quite like planes, air shows and museums so were looking forward to our visit here. Pricey admission. We first visited Concorde, which was good. Impressive aircraft and we were able to climb on board, so we were off to a good start. Unfortunately things went down hill rapidly.
The flight simulator cost a family of four an extra £6 for barely 5 minutes. There was one mocked-up plane that the children could sit in , but nothing else. I appreciate that historically valuable planes must just be viewed and not touched, but there are lots and lots of old RN Sea king helicopters etc around, so surely they could have a couple of these for children / adults to sit in?
There were a few computer activities dotted around, but each had a charge of £1. Under several stair wells and in corners were stacks of dusty chairs and tables, which gave the museum a tired forgotten feel.
The signs on the planes often appeared to have been typed out by an aviation enthusiast, rather than aimed at the general public. Some of the information about the planes was very dull, poorly presented and uninspiring.
The Kamikaze display potentially could have been interesting, but it was arranged in an illogical manner and was dry and dull.
Unless you are a real plane enthusiast, I think there is little here to inspire the average visitor. There was so much potential but there needs to be far more staff on hand to talk about the exhibits, and far more child-friendly activites (for free). As a family we were disappointed with the museum.
The toilets in the cafe area were immaculate.

Visited February 2013
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“A great place to visit on a cold, wet day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

On a cold day with 2 moody teenagers this was an excellent alternative to the Xbox. Great staff, very interactive and some beautiful aircraft. The aircraft carrier tour was excellent albeit a little old fashioned. Well worth a visit if your in the area.

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“Awesome museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Great place to visit for a day out and the opportunity to go inside a prototype concord. The museum also has a great selection of aircraft and information.

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“Very interesting visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Very interesting - a chance to walk inside a prototype Concorde - only two seats in fuselage as it was crammed with test equipment; the cockpit is tiny! Helicopters with bullet holes! models of early planes .... and lovely fresh sandwiches

Visited January 2013
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“Come fly with me !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

We have visited several times & always find something of interest whether its just me & my husband or we have our 12 yr old with us plenty of exhibits & interactive displays well worth a visit

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