During the summer holidays, we were looking for places to visit within an hour from where we live and the Midland Air Museum popped up on our search. Midland Air Museum is situated outside the village of Baginton in Warwickshire and is adjacent to Coventry Airport. It is quite easy to access by car and the museum also includes the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre (named after the local aviation pioneer and inventor of the jet engine).
This museum does not require pre-booking and you can purchase the tickets at the door. The tickets are very reasonable. An adult ticket costs just £7.75, a child ticket costs £4 and family tickets costs £22. You can stay as long as you want and there is an outdoor seating area for a picnic. Aero Club is situated next to the outdoor area and it can get quite loud when there are small planes are preparing for flying. It can get quite annoying if you intend to stay outside for long, especially for a picnic. The place has plenty of free parking.
This museum displays many unique collections in a couple of hangars and there’s a fenced-off green area where many aircraft are on display in the open. Most of the displays are quite dated and they probably have not been updated for a long time. Same with their web page.
Also, there are not many interactive galleries around, only a couple that works properly. The place is suitable for aircraft lovers as there are so many great collections, especially the impressive aircraft in the outdoor area.
I did enjoy seeing all the collections from the past but would love it if they could update it with new display cabinets and clear descriptions. I’m not an aviation fan but it is an eye-opener. Learning the history of this great man Sir Frank Whittle in pictures, videos and artefacts including an animated display. This is great for a cheap outing and any aviation fans.