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“Like a chap's shed - but none the worse for that” 3 of 5 stars
Review of De Havilland Aircraft Museum

De Havilland Aircraft Museum
Salisbury Hall, London Colney, St. Albans AL2 1BU, England
(0) 1727 826400
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Essex
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“Like a chap's shed - but none the worse for that”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Popularly known as the Mosquito Museum, it is a bit more than that as its official title "de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre" suggests.
For those who have any interest in the nuts and bolts of de Havilland aircraft, this is a place you must go to. It's not a smooth, polished, consumer-oriented place like Duxford or Hendon but a workplace with stuff to see and handle.
Yes, unlike most museums, you can pick up a piece of fuselage or engine part from a workbench, feel its weight, and have a chat about it with the bloke working on it. There are some interesting preserved aircraft, notably the only autogiro that de Havilland made. Other aircraft are in the open and suffering a bit. But the doors of aircraft like the Heron, Dove, Horsa glider are open. Climb inside. Sit on the seats.
There are lots of informative panels describing the developments and personalities. There are loads of model aircraft too.
There is a book shop and some days you can get a cup of tea and sit in the picnic area. There are toilets and car parks. The approach is along a single track roadway from the B556, Ridge Hill and 300 metres from M25, J22. There are brown tourist signs marking the place but it is still easy to miss the narrow entrance.

Visited July 2013
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“Home of the only WW2 prototype aircraft still in existance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Fine collection of deHavilland aircraft at the plece where the famous Mosquito "wooden wonder" was developed. Not open every day so it's important to check its website before visiting - but a most for aviation enthusiasts

Visited April 2013
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“A good way to spend a couple of hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you like avaition history and junk yards you will be in your element. Home of the Mosquito, (De Havelland main site is a few miles away), this appears to be run on a shoestring. A number of decaying planes in the open and a lot of intersting history and exhibits, we cannot afford to lose p,aces like this. Give it your support

Visited August 2012
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“Not many people know this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The DH Heritage Centre owes its existence to the foresight, imagination and enthusiasm of one Walter Goldsmith, artist and ex Marine Major who purchased Salisbury Hall and, knowing of its role as De Havillands Design Office during WW 2 and the birthplace of the Mosquito, acquired the prototype for display there in a Robin hanger and this became the nucleus of the DH collection. It is hoped that a large new hanger/exhibition hall can be erected to house many of the a/c currently stored out in the elements, thereby preserving them for the future.
Don't be deterred from visiting by the recent disparaging remark by a TV presenter that it is 'a boneyard' nothing could be further from the truth given the many hours of (unpaid) highly professional work put in by the volunteers many of whom are retired ex DH staff . DHAHC is unique in its hands-on policy for visitors and all the volunteers are happy to answer questions and spend time with the visitors whose patronage the Centre relies upon. In the not-too-distant future it is planned that the prototype Mossie will be restored a standard that will ensure its future for the next 70 years and beyond.

Visited July 2013
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“hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

dont miss this. if you have any interest in history or aircraft or both get along to this small but quite brilliant musuem. the sad fact is that it is all that remains of an incredible company and era, when Britain really did acheive great and groundbreaking engineering feats. take time to explore and tell your friends

Visited July 2013
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