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.
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