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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.

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
BH23 6BA
Telephone: 01202 473141

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.

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?
The Opening Hours can be found on the official website.

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

Accommodation: postcode - BH23 6BA

Museum Aircraft

Museum Aircraft & Cockpits:
Boeing 737-229 (G-CEAH)
BAC One Eleven (ZE432)
BAe 125 (ZD620)
Chichester-Miles Leopard (G-BRNM)
Jet provost T5A (XW310/G-BWGS)
Percival Provost (WW450)
Colomban MC-12 Cri-Cri (12-0135)
British Aerospace Jetstream 31
De Havilland Vampire T11 (XE856)
English Electric Canberra PR.7 (WT532)
Grumman American AA-1B Trainer (G-BBFC)
English Electric Lightning (ZF582)
Gloster Meteor NF14 (WS776)
Grumman American AA-5B Tiger (0979)
Handley Page Herald (G-BEYF)
Hawker Hunter F6 (XG160)
Jet Provost T3 (XM404)
North American Harvard 11B (KF388)
Sepecat Jaguar GR1 (XX763)
Vickers Vanguard Simulator
Vickers Viscount 806
Avro Vulcan (XH537)
Westland Wasp (XT431)
Westland Wessex HAS3 (XT257)
Air-Command 582 Girocopter
Handley Page Victor (XL164)
Hawker Hunter GA11 (WV381)
Phoenix Drone (ZJ469)
Northdrop Shellduck Radioplane (XR346)

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.