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Bournemouth Aviation Museum
Bournemouth Aviation Museum.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum - Wikimedia Commons

The Bournemouth Aviation Museum is located next to Bournemouth International Airport, near the village of Hurn in Christchurch.

The museum contains a number of aircraft, aero engines and cockpits. It has also recently restored a Boeing 737-200 named 'The Spirit of Peter Bath' and it is believed to be the only museum in Europe to include a 737-200 in its collection.

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History
Originally called the Jet Heritage Museum, it was established in May 1998, and was housed in the Jet Heritage hangar on Bournemouth Airport. In August 1999 it became the Bournemouth Aviation Museum.

Due to a planned airport expansion, and the airport unable to offer an alternative site, the museum had to close down in December 2007. Salvation came in autumn 2008 when the museum re-opened having relocated to Adventure Wonderland adjacent to the airport. Unfortunately, the One-Eleven and Herald did not make the move.

The museum now has the advantage of being on the same site as Adventure Wonderland which is rated as Dorset's No 1 tourist attraction.

New exhibits are always being added including the recent arrival of the Boeing 737 and the museum encourages visitors to sit in the cockpits of most of the exhibits for a truly hands-on experience.

Bournemouth Aviation Museum & Travel
Bournemouth Aviation Museum
Merritown Lane
Hurn
Christchurch
BH23 6BA
Telephone: 01202 473141

Car:
Bournemouth Aviation Museum is located next to Bournemouth International Airport, near the village of Hurn in Christchurch. Follow the signs for Bournemouth International Airport or Adventure Wonderland. The satnav postcode is BH23 6BA.

Bus:
A new Yellow Buses route 14 with a stop at the Museum started on October 30th 2016 from central Bournemouth passing through Winton, Moordown,Northbourne and West Parley.

How much does it cost?
The admission fee can be found on the official website.

What are the Opening Hours?
Oct 30th 2016 to March 26th 2017:
open daily - 10am to 4pm.

March 27th 2017 to Oct 29th 2017:
open daily - 10am to 5pm.

Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day. Open on New Years Day.

For more information then visit the
Bournemouth Aviation Museum official website.


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Local hotels for the Bournemouth Aviation Museum.


Museum Aircraft




Bournemouth Aviation Museum Photograph:

Bournemouth Aviation Museum.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum - Wikimedia Commons


Museum Aircraft:
Avro Vulcan B.2 nose (XH537)
Boeing 737-200 (G-CEAH)
de Havilland Vampire T.11 (XE856)
English Electric Canberra nose (WT532)
English Electric Lightning nose (ZF582)
Gloster Meteor (WS776/K)
Hawker Hunter F.6A (XG160)
North American Harvard (KF488)
Hunting Percival P.56 Provost T.1 (WW421)
SEPECAT Jaguar (XX763)
Vickers Vanguard nose
Vickers Viscount nose (G-OPAS)
Westland Wasp HAS.1 (XT431)
Westland Wessex (XT257)

Unusually for such a museum, its policy is to have open cockpits and visitors are encouraged to climb into the cockpits and press knobs, turn dials, pull levers, flick switches, etc.

The museum also has several aero engines on display.

The museum does not have a hangar so the aircraft and aero engines are displayed outside.