Manx Aviation and Military Museum

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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 British Aerospace ATP and an Embraer Bandeirante passenger 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. The cockpit and nose section of a Second World War Bristol Bolingbroke bomber can be closely inspected, showing the cramped conditions which airmen had to endure. There is also a garden including memorials to the Canadian and Polish Servicemen who were killed on the island in aircraft accidents during the Second World War.

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.

The World War I gallery tells the stories of Manx people 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 and from the men serving at the war front. These personal artefacts and the stories are both very moving and also inspiring; the Museum hopes 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.

Ronaldsway Airport, Ballasalla, IM9 2AT
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Awards

  • AccoladesUNESCO Biosphere Partner UNESCO Biosphere Partner 2021

Opening Times

Winter opening (1 Oct 2022 - 30 Apr 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:30

* Open every Saturday and Sunday until 30th April 2023. Open daily from 1 May 2023 to 29 September 2023. Open during school half-term holidays. Open at any time by appointment.

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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