The RAF Manston History Museum

The RAF Manston History Museum

The RAF Manston History Museum

The RAF Manston History Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A museum based on the history of this famous airfield from 1916 to the present day. On show are aircraft and artifacts illustrating various aspects of the airfield, squadrons and personnel from World War 1 up to modern search and rescue operations and its move into Civil Aviation BAC Canberra B(I)6 (cockpit) Canadair CT-133 Silver Star de Havilland Chipmunk T.10 Gloster Meteor TT.20 Handley Page Victor K.2 (cockpit) Hawker Hunter F.6A (cockpit) Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B (cockpit) Huntair Pathdfinder Panavia Tornado GR.1 (cockpit) PZL TS-11 Iskra Nieuport 17 (repro) SEPECAT Jaguar GR.3A Slingsby Cadet TX.3 Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1 Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter Westland Wessex HU.5 Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.B2 Pitt’s Special S1 We also have a large selection of military vehicles including a FV432 armoured personal carrier, a WW1 truck used in the film Warhorse and Wonder Women & RAF Mk10 fire engine.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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stuart m
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Oct 2021
Just wanted to briefly share my thoughts on this museum we visited for the first time . My Wife brought me a Birthday present for the Manston Spitfire Experience which was superb simulator and no doubt the closest thing I'll ever get to the real thing!!

The instructor Simon was brilliant and so knowledgeable too. I was able to fly over central London then under the Queen Elizabeth Bridge on my way to Whitstable, then onto a landing at Manston itself....and I didn't crash either! All great fun in a real Spitfire cockpit!

The museum is free admission and run by volunteers and packed with memorabilia & exhibits relating to RAF Manston as well as a REAL Spitfire and Hurricane on show!
Written October 9, 2021
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Sue R
Sandwich, UK279 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
After visiting the Spitfire Museum, grandson asked if we could visit this museum which is opposite.

There is a small charge. This museum has some excellent scenes/set up homes in the war time, alongside old airplanes as well as some fittings from the Manston airport.

We all enjoyed ourselves here, would deffiently recommend.
Written February 20, 2020
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Brett B
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
An absolute must visit. Friendly, welcoming and informative. Thanets premiere museum has everything for the young and mature visitor. Along with the newly built Naafi Cafe, this really is a wonderful day out!!
Written September 8, 2021
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TootlesLondon
Newton Abbot, UK123 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo

Had a great Sunday morning looking round both the Spitfire museum and the little RAF, Manston, museum. Really amazing to see all the planes and memorabilia. The thing that got me the most were the photos of young men ready to do their duty many not coming home. Poignant especially when we know they were fighting extremism and racism, many things we are fighting again today.
Written November 28, 2021
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winchcombe1_13
Cheltenham, UK156 contributions
Dec 2021
Superb display of flying memorabilia.
Well worth a visit and good value.
I didn’t know that Concorde had landed here!
From Jaguar and lightning aircraft that my father flew in whilst senior photographer at BAE Wharton to photos of the pilot of the Messerschmitt 109 who accidently landed here, thinking he was in France… fascinating.
Written December 7, 2021
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angelamusic1
Bedfordshire, UK159 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
At only £3 entrance a great museum packed with information and lots of planes. A lovely place to keep dry. It can get a bit chilly in there but adds to the authenticity. Also visit the hurricane & spitfire museum which shares the carpark.
Written March 11, 2020
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Michael B
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK86 contributions
Sep 2021
A great depicyion of what it must have been like on a front-line airfield during wartime (and you can't get more front-line than Manston!). Also of the many efforts over the years to convert it into a civil airport. It is particularly evocative as one of the family was a Wing Commander flying Typhoons out of Manston and was shot down in 1943 over occupied France - and survived as a POW.
Written September 30, 2021
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Sassa78
London, UK37 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
What a gem of a place. I have been to the spitfire museum before. But saw this and thought why not superb.

£2.50 adult entry bargain. Would definitely pay more. Why has excellent access for wheelchair users such as my dad. Ok no lift to first floor but a ramp allowing lots of display space.

Great access to some cockits and fuselage.

Very friendly staff

I will return

Will definitely return
Written February 8, 2020
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Mark C
Sheerness, UK4 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
Three members of staff on duty, two on the entrance were very friendly but the third, a cantacaras white bearded rude miserable old fart completely ruined my visit. He wasnt interested in even listening to my request. I think they need a reminder that they are open to the public and therefore need to engage the public. I also found the aircraft on display in horribly poor condition,glass display cabinets filthy with finger prints, weeds growing up under the outdoor exhibits and everything filthy with dust. They don't in my opinion deserve to be the guardians of such historic artifacts. I went initially to see the new exhibit having heard they were now in possession of a a Lightning but this is displayed in such a fashion that a decent photograph is almost impossible. It begs the question why do they bother? They seem totally disinterested in the visitor experience. Thouroughly disappointed at the whole experience. It's only saving grace is that it only cost £2. Perhaps an increase in admission and bit of TLC are in order. And maybe train the staff in a bit of customer service.
Written August 1, 2015
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Michael E
Birchington, UK34 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
I have passed the building many times and due to the drab green finish to the exterior i didn't think it was worth a visit, how wrong I was its an amazing historical gem of aviation history and for the small entry fee a joy to visit
Written August 29, 2017
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM