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“worth the visit”

Highland Aviation Museum
Ranked #31 of 93 things to do in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Highland Aviation Museum is a family friendly, educational attraction just next to Inverness Airport. You can see a range of real life historic military aircraft and even go inside & pretend to be a fighter pilot. For the more avid enthusiasts, there are a wealth of technical facts and historical artifacts to browse. Our displays contain materials dating back as far as WW1. Come along to enjoy a great couple of hours.
Reviewed September 18, 2013

My Hubby and Dad went here and enjoyed every minute of it. They actually managed to spend quite a few hours here, was surprised they didn't get thrown out. They have both said they would like to go back

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Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Went here today and had a great time . Gentleman working today was full of information and very friendly . Not the biggest of places but so much to do and see . At the moment there is 5 cockpits you can sit in 2 small ones ( buccaneer and lightning ) and 3 large fuselages you can get into including a good sized section of a Nimrod . All cockpits have most of the instruments,seats and joysticks still in place . This place is well worth a visit even if your not that much into aircraft and very reasonably priced

2  Thank Ian M
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Yes, its tucked away on an industrial estate which is part of RAF Dalcross... now Inverness Airport.
Yes, its only open on a weekend. This is clear on the museums website and is normal for any kind of small volunteer run organisation like this.
If you want shiny restored "museum pieces" you're looking in the wrong place, but if you want to touch, feel, and experience these great pieces of history I dont know where else in the UK you could get the freedom to do so.
My 2 daughters have absolutely no interest in aircraft, and I have to say they weren't too thrilled about the visit when I mentioned it. They havn't stopped talking about it since we left. Musuem trips are so often a case of staring into glass cases and standing behind roped barriers for them, so this was and exciting and interesting visit.
The price... well today it was £15 for a family of 4. Cheaper than 20 minutes shovelling offal down your throats at McDonalds. Cheaper than a visit to the cinema. Cheaper than a round of drinks at the pub.
We stayed for almost 3 hours and would have stayed longer if we hadn't missed lunch! And in terms of value for money thats the best £15 Ive spent over our entire Highlands holiday this year! Even the souvenirs are good value!
The chap on "duty" was incredibly friendly and helpful, not only informing us regarding getting hands on with the exhibits, but actively encouraging it. A genuinely nice bloke and oviously extremely knowledgeable and passionate about both the exhibits and aviation in general. A real breath of fresh air compared to the oh-so-common student filling in weekends for beer money reciting from printed cards that you see in many museums.
In short, we all came away today glad that we had found the museum, and wishing we had found it years ago when we started visiting the highlands.

2  Thank Michael T
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Only open at weekends, as stated on the signs and website, it really doesn't look much tucked into a corner of industrial estate, however it is a little gem!
Staffed by genuine enthusiasts, hugely knowledgeable, and you actually can touch stuff, in fact it's encouraged!
Nimrods quite interesting, and you can sit in plenty of planes and fiddle with the usually off limits switches and controls, kids will love it, big kids even more!

Thank murphwiz
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Ok so it`s not that big, but compared to some of the big nationals down south, this is a true hands on experience for all. I`ve been to Hendon and Duxford several times and you don`t get to sit in as many planes as you do here. Yes they are nice and shiny in there but for true aviation people and kids, getting close and touching them is the real reward we`re after. The review by canoesrus is totally wrong, if he was a true aviation enthusiast as he claims he would love this place and not slate it and state that the planes should have been scrappped instead of being put on show. The people down marking it for only being open at weekends have to realise this is run by volunteers, how else can they open it during the week. Every sign and leaflet clearly states this. There is plenty of parking outside on the road as well so no problems there. This is a wonderful place keeping the history of aviation in the area alive. With only 4 aviation museums in Scotland (3 are on industrial estates as well) and no others in the north this is a must visit place for anyone interested in flying and aviation. It costs a lot of money to buy historic airframes and find space to display them these days. The museum only came about with sheer hard work and determination by the people who dreamed it, planned it, set it up and now run it, so it deserves full support from everyone.

1  Thank tormentilboy
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