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“Home Grown History”

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Manston
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

This is the kind of thing I like. Community based history projects.
It's not a huge museum, but it has a lot of information and some nice exhibits.
Loved getting up close to the Spitfire.

1  Thank Pananian06
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

When visiting Kent for a few days i decided to visit this lovely memorial museum.
This museum is separated into two parts,on one side is the Spitfire Memorial Museum which charges a small fee of £2.00 per person.It houses several displays of Hurricanes and Spitfire used during the wars.You also have the chance to look at a couple of cockpit replicas which give an insight into what it was like to sit on the inside of these wonderful planes.
There are some planes that were still under restoration but still wonderful to look at.
Also on display were a 1940"s sitting room,a cold war fighter control room and a wonderful collection of photographs where you try to imagine what life was like during that period.
There is a large sales counter situated by the entrance which sells various airfix models and memorabelia of the spitfires and hurricanes.
The hurricane memorial building is across the car park,there is no admission fee.This building also has a large sales counter where a large selection of aviation related items can be purchased.
There is also a large cafeteria which offers hot and cold meals and drinks and if it is a nice day,you can sit outside on the patio and take in the views across the airfields.
Both of these museum buildings have an extensive number of military memorabelia which are well worth seeing.
If you are into the history of the RAF and the world war,visiting this museum is a must.

3  Thank PhilfromCheshire
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

As I live so close to this museum I do go quite regularly, has an excellent cafe, with really great home cooked food at good prices. The museum has letters and photographs given by families who lost young lives during the War, some of the letters are heart rending especially when you look at their ages. Some really great pieces of history on display, and some of the uniforms don't look comfortable at all.

2  Thank Sheree E
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Very good value and staff great. Museum well worth a visit as well even if the topic isn't your interest.

2  Thank GroupCaptain
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

A great place to have a snack in the restaurant (good light menu and friendly service) then wander through to the museum and relfect on what was achieved by the Spitfires and Hurricanse in WW 2; plus occasionally see planes taking off and landing at Manston (seen the Red Arrows twice so far).

2  Thank Norman P
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