Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Opening times:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 10am-3pm (last entry 2:30pm)

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.

View Our Gallery

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

Retail Area

Events & Exhibitions


Current Exhibition: ‘High Flying Women’

First displayed in 2017 and revisited for 2024, this popular exhibition tells the fantastic stories of the women who fought against adversity to achieve aviation history.







‘A Tale of Two Apprentices’

Our previous exhibition will showcases the experiences of two young men, Herbert Tomlin and Frank Whittle, who both joined the RAF as ‘Boy’ entrants and were trained as apprentices in technical trades and completed their apprenticeships at the Boys’ Wing, RAF Cranwell.


If you missed your chance to see one of our changing exhibitions don’t worry – click the button below to view versions of our previous exhibitions.

Discover More Exhibitions




Make It Mondays – Family Craft Sessions

Attention all aviation enthusiasts and families looking for some half-term fun! Join Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum for their ‘Make It’ Monday sessions.

Every Monday throughout the half-term break, there’ll be exciting aviation-themed craft activities suitable for all ages. From making your own paper planes to growing cress, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. ??‍?‍?‍?

So why not take a break from the screens and join them for some creative and educational fun?



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

We’re proud to be recipients of the Sandford Award for our heritage education offer, which consists of an exciting programme of workshops compliant with the National Curriculum. Please click the images below for information on our latest school offer.


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

Memory Box


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

Please note – last entry is 2:30pm.

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

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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