City of Norwich Aviation Museum

City of Norwich Aviation Museum

City of Norwich Aviation Museum

City of Norwich Aviation Museum
4.5
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The museum started out as an aviation enthusiasts group for members of the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company way back in 1977. The membership was later opened up to non employees and a temporary site was secured on the 17/35 runway at Norwich Airport. In early 1982, museum exhibits included Avro Anson (TX228), Westland Whirlwind (XP355), Sea Vixen (XP919) and a Dassault Mystere IV (121). 1983 saw the arrival of our Vulcan bomber which flew in to the airport after its retirement from service. By 1985 the museum had moved to its present site and an air fair held to help raise funds to expand the museum. At this time the Anson had gone (having been damaged beyond economical repair during gales) but Vampire (XD373) had arrived. 1986 saw another air fair on 14th September that saw attendance figures break the 20,000 barrier and another arrival, T-33 (16718). Over the next few years, services were laid, the main exhibition hall erected and the arrival of more aircraft.
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Geoff B
4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
The volunteers at the museum were very welcoming and knowledgeable. I was told the story by Mike about how the museum received the English Electric Lightening in bits from a scrap yard in Portsmouth. He described how putting it back together was like doing a very large Airfix kit which took several years to complete.

I can highly recommend visiting the museum that also has several indoor displays detailing aviation in Norfolk, and a superb Café that is able to provide gluten free food.
Written April 24, 2022
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roverlei
London, UK39 contributions
Feb 2022
It's volunteer-run, but they do a great job. The indoor displays are heavily focused on WWII flying, which isn't my interest, but I enjoyed some of the stories of individuals, particularly the Czech and Polish men who flew for the RAF. The outdoor aircraft displays are probably what most want to see. Consists of mainly 50s and 60s jet aircraft, some of which make for great pics. I particularly am interested civil aviation and hence very much enjoyed the Avro RJ-85 and the 2.5 Fokker F27s! Nice little shop with books, posters and models to buy. Good for both big and little kids. I easily spent 1.5 hours here.
Written February 16, 2022
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Frederick W
Gravesend, UK242 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
As stated in the title we saw this place on trip advisor while staying in great yarmouth. It was only 30 minutes drive from seashore haven caravan park. The staff of volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable about all the exhibits on site. It was a lovely place to visit and we will try and visit again with our 9 year old grandson as we think that he would like it. Thanks again for a nice time.
Written July 14, 2021
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Mark J
Bulkington, UK277 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This aviation museum on the North side of Norwich airport is a small but interesting place to visit. The museum tells the story of its WW2 days as an American airbase till the wars end and then it's early days of Norwich airport. The museum has many exhibts to look at, then you go outside to the planes themselves. This is a family friendly place to come to, wrap up warm tho as this site can be windy. You can also see planes take off from the airport while you are at the museum. The museum is easy to get to and is signposted.
Written January 30, 2020
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Roeland
Deventer, The Netherlands13 contributions
Nov 2019
Nice museum out of town, but easy to find. Many historic artefacts on display that you can actually touch as well. The airplanes outside are positioned a bit closely together, so that it is almost impossible to make nice photos of them individually.
Written February 12, 2020
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Urbantourer
Bath, UK56 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Loved the tour of the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod. Clyde, the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and the history of the Versatile Nimrod is fascinating. They have s wonderfully cared for display of planes including a Vulcan on display outside and much more memorabilia indoors in beautifully collated displays. There is a shop and cafe, friendly helpful staff, if you like planes it’s a must see!
Written May 13, 2022
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KayleighLou93x
Norwich, UK40 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Loads of different aircrafts to look at. Very knowledgeable staff who approach you and ask if you’d like to know any info about the planes. Reduced price at the moment as the inside museum is currently closed.
Written September 2, 2020
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James B
30 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We had a family visit to the museum. After many years of meaning to go and regularly driving past we finally made a visit. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. I was surpised with how much there was to see and the collection of actual aircraft is impressive. The highlight was most definately the additional tour around the Vulcan Bomber someone who used to fly them during the height of the Cold War. I could have sat and listened to him for hours. I would definately recommend a visit to this museum. We will definately be going back.
Written February 2, 2020
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francophileonthemove
Lot-et-Garonne, France1,161 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
I was so thrilled to visit this lovely museum specifically to see the Air UK exhibits. All of the volunteers are charming and the coffee shop is super but a special thank you to curator Matt Taylor who came in specially to open up the Air UK aircraft for me. The main F27 exhibit is perfect and looks as though she’s ready to take flight with 44 passengers to somewhere like Aberdeen or Jersey. She really is stunning!

Thank you Matt and all of the volunteers for their commitment to the Air UK heritage. I salute you.
Written May 2, 2022
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shazbat56
17 contributions
Mar 2022
Very enjoyable experience. Specifically visited to see the Vulcan Bomber and the RJ85. I was particularly interested in the RJ85 as I had been involved in the production of similar aircraft (BA146) at British Aerospace, Hatfield. I would like to express my thanks to the gentleman who permitted me access the cockpit and fuselage, which really made my day! Thanks to all concerned involved in the running of this excellent museum.

Sharon Darragh.
Written April 3, 2022
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