The Memorial Museum Building

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
10am - 5pm (Summer Opening Times)

Free Car and Coach Parking
Disabled Access
Merlin Café open daily

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Kent CT12 5DF
[Get Directions]

Tel: 01843 821940

The Memorial Museum Building houses an ever increasing number of memorabilia, both military and civil, mainly from the 1939-45 World War II period and which are well worth viewing.

The Spitfire Memorial Museum Building was officially opened on 13th June 1981 to house Spitfire TB752 and was the very first building to be erected on any RAF Station to house a gate-guardian aircraft. The Building cost some £30,000; the funding for this came from voluntary fund raising efforts and by donation from the people of Thanet.

The Hurricane Memorial Museum Building was officially opened by Dame Vera Lynn on the 7th October, 1988 to house Hurricane LF751. The Building cost in excess of £100,000, being appreciably larger than the companion building and also provided an area for a sales counter. Both buildings are still unique to any RAF Station; a fact of which RAF Manston is justifiably proud.

No charge is made for admission but as the Memorial Museum Building is totally self-funding a large selection of aviation related items is available for purchase. In particular the collection of framed prints must be amongst the largest in the country and many of these are 'limited-editions'. All help is voluntary and no assistance is received from public or service funds. Donations are also much appreciated.

Staffed by volunteers, the Memorial Museum Building is open daily throughout the year (except over the Christmas period).

During 1993, the Merlin Cafeteria was opened with a great views across the airfield.


Some images have been reproduced on the museum windows with kind permission of Chris Howells, copyright licensed under Creative Commons.

Donations are very gratefully received. Not only because they let us know that we enjoy the support and interest of our visitors but also because, like many charities, we can claim Gift Aid support which could add an additional 20% to our donated income.



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Crowbar from a Spitfire

The crowbar secured to the exit door to the Spitfire. Each Spitfire carried one of these as an aid to escape if the pilot had difficulty sliding the canopy back. How useful were they or were they just there to boost the pilot's morale?