Visit one of the best collections of aviation memorabilia in the country, all housed in a restored WWII RAF airfield!

In 1943 a Wellington Bomber carrying 5 crew members crash-landed 1.5 miles outside the airbase at RAF Dumfries. The men were injured or killed, and the plane was forgotten. Thirty years later a small team of aviation enthusiasts, working off a rumour, excavated the buried engines of the plane from the crash site, and the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum was born.

Some 40 years later, the museum is still going strong. It quickly outgrew its original house at the airbase’s pilot flight hut, and now occupies the unique three-story control tower in the centre of the complex.

The collection itself has changed too. From a single WWII engine, the museum has now grown to include passenger and military planes from all different eras, as well as a large collection of memorabilia and historical artefacts. There are over 15 beautifully preserved planes, many of which can have their engines and cockpits explored!

The Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum is a must for any would-be plane-spotters, and those who want a window into the history of British aviation travel.


Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum, Former Control Tower, Heathhall, Industrial Estate, Dumfries, DG1 3PH
Tel: 07884013812
Times: April – October
Wednesday, 11:00 – 16:00
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00