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Manx Aviation and Military Museum

Type:Museum

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About

By focusing on people rather than events the museum has an unusually intimate and often moving atmosphere. You can discover the amazing story of civil and military aviation in the Isle of Man and also find out about the Island and its people both at home and in the armed forces in wartime. Often likened to Dr Who's "Tardis", and packed full of exhibits ranging from a single button to a full-size aeroplane, the museum has something of interest for everybody.

A wide range of exhibits relating the military and aviation history of the Isle of Man and people who served in the Armed Forces both on and off island. Exhibits include a Bandeirante aircraft, the story of the Manx Regiment, the stories and relics of aircraft accidents, a rare self-propelled Bofors gun, and rare and unique items recovered from the Irish Sea. There is also a Memorial Garden including a Memorial to Canadian Servicemen killed on the island during WW II.

A section of the museum is dedicated to the Manx Regiment which was the most successful Allied anti-aircraft unit of World War Two. The Regiment saw action in England during the Battle of Britain and later in Africa, Italy and Europe.

Watch aircraft passing close by whilst sitting in the sheltered and colourful memorial garden or the picnic area and visit the shop for gifts, books and model kits.

A World War I exhibition commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War. The exhibition combines the history of the First World War with the personal stories of the brave Manx residents who left their homes to go and fight, some never returning. 

The exhibition contains many artefacts and mementos from this time period, from medals, commemorative tins issued to the servicemen from Princess Mary and postcards sent to the men serving at war. These personal artefacts and their stories are both very moving but also inspiring, and those at the Museum hope to do these servicemen justice by telling the real stories of their time at war. 

Guide Prices

Entry is free. The museum is a charity, run by volunteers, and receives no official funding so donations are welcomed to help cover the operating costs and to help in maintaining the exhibits and the development of new exhibitions and facilities.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Accessibility - Level/ramped access is available throughout.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access

Catering

  • Picnic Site - Picnic tables with benches in the museum grounds with good views of activity on the airport. Garden area with seating.

Leisure Facilities

  • Shop

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking available
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Cheques accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - For contact details see above or the website.

Provider Facilities

  • Accept coach parties - A large area is available for coach parking.
  • Dog Friendly
  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs are permitted within the museum provided that they do not cause alarm to other visitors.
  • Group Friendly
  • Toilets - Level access to male and female facilities but, at present, no dedicated disabled facilities.
  • TT & Biker Friendly

Provider Features

  • Indoor Attraction - The majority of displays are indoors but there are a number of larger objects outside.
  • Smoking Some Areas - Smoking is permitted in the museum grounds.

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Available by pre-booking
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Available by pre-booking.
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Available by pre-booking.
Ronaldsway Airport, Ballasalla, IM9 2AT
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Opening Times

Season (1 Aug 2020 - 3 Oct 2021)
DayTimes
Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30

* Re-opening from Saturday 1st August, Thursday - Sundays 10am - 4.30pm for the summer season

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Museum is on the A5 road between the airport and Castletown in the south of the island. Approaching from the north via Ballasalla, take the A5 towards Castletown and go straight ahead at both the airport roundabouts with the airport on your left.  The entrance to the museum is on the left about 120 metres after the second roundabout, marked by large signs.

From Castletown, take the A5 road towards Douglas. On your right you will see the entrance to the playing fields and buildings of King William’s College. The museum entrance is on your right, 400 metres past the entrance to the College.

Public Transport Directions

Heading south from Douglas there are bus stops at the Airport and about 200 metres beyond the museum. It is no more than a 10 minute walk from either stop.

Heading north from Castletown there are bus stops about 200 metres south of the museum and at the Airport. It is no more than a 10 minute walk from either stop.

Taxis are widely available from most centres of population and from the airport.

There are Steam Railway stations at Ballasalla (30 mins walk) and Castletown (20 mins walk) and a request stop at Ronaldsway Halt. If you wish to alight there, advise the Guard before leaving your departure station. 

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