The de Havilland Aircraft Museum is located at London Colney in Hertfordshire.
The collection is built around the definitive prototype and restoration shops for the de Havilland Mosquito and also includes several examples of the de Havilland Vampire.
de Havilland Aircraft Museum Map
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum was the first aviation museum in Britain, when it opened to the public on 15 May 1959, just 18 years after the Mosquito Night Fighter W4052 had been flown out of adjacent fields by Geoffrey de Havilland Jnr.
The de Havilland Mosquito design team first came to Salisbury Hall in October 1939. A barn like hangar was erected across the moat where the first prototype was hand built out of wood by a team of craftsmen, using non-strategic material and non-strategic labour. A total of three Mosquitos were flown out of the surrounding fields to Hatfield.
De Havilland left in 1947 and Salisbury Hall slipped into a derelict condition. In 1955 the Hall was taken in hand by an ex Royal Marine Major named Walter Goldsmith.
The Mosquito Prototype W4050 returned to become the first aviation exhibit housed in a hangar behind Salisbury Hall, saved for posterity by Bill Baird and Walter Goldsmith under what was then known as the Mosquito Appeal Fund. A suitable Robin hangar was found nearby and moved to Salisbury Hall, inside which the Prototype was assembled.
The collection began to expand in early 1968 and the name was changed to the Mosquito Aircraft Museum in 1974. In 1977 the de Havilland Aircraft Museum Trust Ltd was formed to operate the museum, and gained charitable status. The site was prepared for expansion and a hangar erected to protect the historic exhibits. There are now plans to erect a new hangar adjacent to the old one to house more of the exhibits.
de Havilland Aircraft Museum Address & Travel
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum
Telephone: 01727 826400
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum is located next to Salisbury Hall off Junction 22 of the M25. If you are travelling clockwise on the M25 (from Heathrow or M1) you will need to cross over the bridge on the M25. The Museum is Signposted-Mosquito Museum from the London Colney roundabout and is on the B556 to South Mimms. Salisbury Hall and the Museum are visible from the M25. The satnav postcode is AL2 1BU.
A number 84 bus from St. Albans High Street or Barnet and Potters Bar Railway Stations stop just outside the driveway that leads to the Museum. The walk is approximately 200m.
How much does it cost?
The admission fee can be found on the official website.
What are the Opening Hours?
The museum is open from the first Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October (unless otherwise stated on the official website).
It is open from 10.30am until 5pm (last Entry at 4pm) on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
For more information then visit the • de Havilland Aircraft Museum official website. Accommodation:postcode - AL2 1BU