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Manx Aviation and Military Museum

A chance to find out more about the significant role the Isle of Man played during the Second World War and beyond.

Overview

The museum is situated at the airport, giving a great close-up view of passing aircraft. Once inside, visitors regularly compare it to Dr Who’s “Tardis” because it really does seem to be much bigger than it looks from outside and it is packed with something of interest for everybody.

You will discover the story of the Manx Regiment - the British Army’s best anti-aircraft unit of World War II. You can see photographs of the Regiment’s guns in action and examine the uniforms and equipment used by its men. The star exhibit is a self-propelled Bofors anti-aircraft gun, one of only four in existence, which represents the weapons used by the Regiment from D-Day onwards.

Four airfields and many military installations, including some top secret ones, made the Island a hive of activity during WW2 and a host of photographs and memorabilia bring to life the surprisingly rich civil and military aviation history of the Isle of Man.

A surprising number of aircraft crashed on the Island’s hills in wartime. Parts from several of these can be seen, along with the stories of the people from many different countries who flew them.

A small gift shop is on site.

Opening Times and Admission

The Manx Aviation and Military Museum is open from 10am to 4.30pm daily from TT practice week in May to the end of September and every weekend of the year.

The museum can also be opened at other times for visits and guided tours by prior arrangement.

Admission is free.

Location and Contact

Manx Aviation and Military Museum, Ronaldsway Airport, Ballasalla, IM9 2AT.

For more information telephone 01624 829294 or visit http://www.maps.org.im/museum .