Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Opening times:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 10am-3pm

The museum is available for private hire on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Royal Air Force College Cranwell is probably the most famous landmark in RAF history. Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum portrays the fascinating story of this historic establishment from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the current day. The experience includes interactive exhibits including a Jet Provost flight simulator, Vampire T11 Cockpit, exhibitions and artefacts. There is also a courtyard area with a Jet Provost aircraft. The museum also runs a programme of fascinating exhibitions exploring the wealth of aviation’s remarkable heritage as well events suitable for all ages.

With its refreshment/reading area and impressive retail space, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum is the ideal place to stop for an hour or two.

Events & Exhibitions

‘Animals at War’

This exhibition takes a brief look at some of the roles animals have played in conflict from WWI to the current day, and also tells the stories of some of the animals that have been awarded the Dickin Medal, the animal’s Victoria Cross.

Don’t miss out! Your last chance to view the exhibition is Monday 17th April.

Discover More exhibition

‘A Tale of Two Apprentices’

Coming up in May – explore the fascinating story of Frank Whittle and his progression through the RAF leading to his most remembered project, the Jet Engine.

The exhibition offers another perspective in the story of Herbert Tomlin, an RAF apprentice and one of ‘Trenchard’s Brats’.

Family Fun

The team at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum have put together a family pack for you to enjoy at home, please click below to view and download these, and don’t forget to share your creations with us on Twitter!

Family Activities

Schools and Group Visits

In 2019 we were pleased to receive the Sandford Award for our heritage education offer, which consists of an exciting programme of workshops compliant with the National Curriculum.

We also provide a memory box for use in care homes and groups – please click the buttons below for more information.

Education pack  Booking form  Resource boxes

Schools Invite Group booking information

More information about our volunteering opportunities

Interested in volunteering? Email the team to have a chat about opportunities.


Opening hours

Opening Hours
Day Times
Monday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The museum is available for private hire on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please email the team to book.

Please note – the museum will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Free, with a nominal charge for group visits.

Assistance dogs are welcome on site.

Disabled Access

The museum is all on ground level, and a wheelchair is available to use on request. Please read our Access Statement 2022

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