de Havilland Aircraft Museum

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum is the oldest aviation museum in the UK dedicated to the preservation and display of de Havilland Aircraft.

The de Havilland Aircraft Company played an important role in the history of aircraft development in 20th century Britain. de Havilland created many iconic aircraft such as the de Havilland Mosquito, otherwise known as “The Wooden Wonder”.

It also designed the world’s first jet airliner, the Comet, and the Tiger Moth which was the backbone of the RAF’s training aircraft in WWII. The de Havilland Aircraft Company also designed the Airspeed Horsa Glider which was used extensively by airborne troops in 1944 during D-Day, Arnhem and the Rhine crossing.

During its long history prior to nationalisation in 1977 (when it became part of British Aerospace), the de Havilland Aircraft Company produced a wide range of aircraft for military and commercial purposes. These include basic training aircraft; jet airliners and supersonic fighters; piston, jet and rocket engines; as well as propellers, missiles and space rockets. This was an achievement unequalled by any other aerospace manufacturer world-wide.

New Hangar Project
The “de Havilland Aircraft Museum in the 21st Century Project” is now underway. The Project includes building a large new hangar at the museum which will provide an all-undercover experience for visitors to see a range of historic aircraft designed by the de Havilland Aircraft Company at its Hatfield factory.

The museum will remain open to visitors seven days a week during 2019. All of the exhibition areas will still be accessible for visitors, including several military aircraft and civil airliners.

As a working museum, the de Havilland Aircraft Museum also restores aircraft in the collection. Visitors can see restoration work being carried out on some of the aircraft, such as the DH98 Mosquito and DH106 Comet.

To find other Museums near you which are also worth visiting, click here.

 

If this museum has inspired you to consider a career in the Aviation Industry, follow the link below to learn more about Aviation Apprenticeships:

Aviation Apprenticeships

Location

de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Salisbury Hall
London Colney
Hertfordshire
AL2 1BU

Tel: 01727 826400

Opening Times

February to November.

Please visit the de Havilland Aircraft Museum website for specific opening dates each year.

Open 6 Days a week (closed Mondays) and open on Bank Holidays.

10:30-17:00. Last entry to Museum at 16:00.

Admission Fees

Adult: £12
Concessions: £10
Child (5-16): £7
Family: £30

Additional Information

Other Popular Museums:

STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway - Swindon

STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway

The STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II listed railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway ...
Grampian Transport museum-interior-3

Grampian Transport Museum

The Grampian Transport Museum boasts an impressive range of transport exhibits, from travelling chariots of the 1800's, to some of the fastest cars ever made. The museum ...
Gloucester Waterways Museum - Gloucester

Gloucester Waterways Museum

The Gloucester Waterways Museum is housed in a Grade II listed warehouse at the heart of Gloucester's docks. The museum is adjacent to both the Gloucester and Sharpness ...
Bournemouth Aviation Museum - Wessex Helicopter

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

The aim of the Bournemouth Aviation Museum is to provide an interesting and informative visit for people of all ages, as well as to share the enjoyment ...
Fleet Air Arm Museum - Supermarine Seafire F17

Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy. The history of the Royal Navy is ...
Bentley Motor Museum - Chevrolet Corvette

Bentley Motor Museum

Bentley Motor Museum contains an unique collection of cars, motorcycles and vehicles. Spanning over 100 years of road transport history, most of the exhibits are privately owned ...
Didcot Railway Centre - engine shed turntable

Didcot Railway Centre

The Didcot Railway Centre is based around the original Great Western Railway Engine Shed built in 1932. Many features of the original depot survive to this day, ...
Tank Museum - Exhibitions area

Tank Museum

The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crew to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and action-packed live displays. Various exhibitions tell ...
Brooklands Museum Malcolm Campbell Shed

Brooklands Museum

Brooklands Museum is unique. The world's first purpose-built motor circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey, by wealth landowner Hugh Locke King in 1907, as more than a great ...
Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre - aircraft display

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre has a wide range of aircraft exhibits and projects in restoration at their base Newquay, Cornwall. Visitors can take a stroll through the ...
Helicopter Museum - Weston-Super-Mare

Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-Super-Mare in North Somerset is the World's Largest Dedicated Helicopter Museum. It has more than 100 aircraft on display aircraft, including the Queen's ...
London Transport Museum - LRG_IMG_BB020_Battle_Bus_Prior_to_Transfomation_outside_LTM_gallery

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum explores the story of London and its transport system over the last 200 years. The Museum highlights the powerful link between transport and the ...