Good Museums.

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by von Poop, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Looks like the Science Museum's large exhibits place at Wroughton's having one of it's open days this weekend for a classic car show with the museum open too, I can't quite work out for certain from the website that the museum is actually open but it's implied in the entry info:
    Wroughton Classic index
    Entry price seems to only be for parking, free if you walk in.

    Might check it out.
     
  2. Passchendaele_Baby

    Passchendaele_Baby Grandads Little Girl

    The Waiouru Army Museum...
    THIS is my favourate exhibit!
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    Just recently, about 12 sets of medals, including victoria crosses were stolen but have since been recovered!
    =D
     
  3. Verrieres

    Verrieres no longer a member

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  5. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

  6. Two that we found quite interesting and diverse were the Navel museum just outside Washington DC, civil war gear to models of the atomic bombs used on Japan to space suits worn on the landing on the moon.

    The second was the Difinbunker ,one of Canada's nuclear
    shelters from the cold war.It is several stories deep and designed so goverment and top brass had somewhere safe to operate from.It is in the Ottowa valley, not far from Ottowa.

    Great to read of others favourite sites
     
  7. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    For any of you guys in the Philadelphia region the Willow Grove Naval Air Station has an aviation museum with a beautifully restored Messerschmitt Me 262. Had a chat with one of the volunteers there who was a gunner on B-17's in Europe. Very nice little museum.

    Paid a visit several years ago when it hosted an airshow. Terrific day out with my American cousins who only lived half an hour away.
    Still have my Blue Angels hat that I bought on the day-a great reminder.

    The ME 262 (Twin seater) was a war trophy shipped over in 1945 and after evaluation sat outside, exposed to the elements as an exhibit.
    It slowly decayed and became in need of a renovation.

    The ME 262 Project involved the use of this plane and it was stripped down to every last piece to use as a template for remanufacturing the new parts built to complete several flying Messerschmitts!

    The deal was that the Willow grove plane was returned, fully restored for exhibition (not flying).

    Like you say, well worth a visit if you ever get over the pond.

    Tom
     
  8. Verrieres

    Verrieres no longer a member

    Hi,
    Recently visited the Durham Light Infantry Museum at present they are promoting the`Listen to the soldier` project which details the availability of the DLI oral history collection in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum and Durham County Council. The museum is at present giving free promotional CD`s with information booklet.The CD contains twelve one minute (each) samples . The local press have run a story on the project and one of the audio samples can be heard here by following the link below.
    Archive of wartime stories launched in Durham - ChronicleLive

    For those who don`t know what a stottie is its Bread usually round and flat!
    [​IMG]
    Scan of the booklet and Disc from the DLI museum
    Regards
    Verrieres
     
  9. Elven6

    Elven6 Discharged

    They have some pretty good ones in Calgary as well, I remember going to one as a kid during a field trip, they recontructed a bunkers and stuff inside the museum for tours so it was a pretty fun experince, the name escapes me though.

    Their is also this Navy museum in the city as well that has a pretty cool WW exhibht, their was actually a "time capsule" left by a sailor who was lost at sea, he said if something of the sort happens that who ever finds it should open it in 2008 IIRC, it's slipped my mind since and I hope to go back to check things out.

    Their is also a old airport hanger that they turned into a aviation musem, I've drove past their are few times and seen some WW1/WW2 era stuff their, its a small lot so I wouldn't expect much. We also have a replica CF-105 Arrow somewhere.

    Edit: Almost forgot, I believe we have one of the first legions in the west/province as well, although it's located in the shadier part and looks pretty run down, at least from the outside.
     
  10. Jakob Kjaersgaard

    Jakob Kjaersgaard Senior Member

    If you ever get the chance to go to Jutland, Denmark, the Hanstholm museum is well worth a visit; Museumsbunkeren - Danmarks største bunkermuseum. This huge restored bunker and museum has a nice display of weapons, uniforms and documents which describes the life inside this bunker.

    "The bunker museum covers about 3000 sq m.It is one of the largest bunkers, which the Germans built in Denmark. In the middle of the bunker stood one of the four 38 cm guns that comprised the German coastal battery known as ?Hanstholm II?.

    The battery had a maximum range of 55 km. Together with a corresponding battery on the Norwegian side of Skagerrak, the battery was intended to cut off the approx. 120-km-wide channel between Denmark and Norway."

    Following the surrounding areas of this bunker is also very interesting. You can take the train and follow the trail which the ammunition train used to go providing ammo for the other bunkers in the area. If you walk about 1 km. north of the museum you will find a bunker exactly as big as the restored one at the museum. Remember the flashlight if you go down there otherwise you will quickly get lost! There is still some original interior in this place which makes it worth the visit.

    A few photos from the museum and the bunker that has not been restored:
     

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  11. Ferahgo

    Ferahgo Senior Member

  12. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    Afternoon all,

    A friend recently returned from holiday in the Czech Republic with some interesting shots from a ratrher catholic collection at this location:
    Zruc Air Park - Zruc - Czech Republic

    A selection of shots should be attached.

    Enjoy!

    CS
    :)
     

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  13. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Afternoon all,

    A friend recently returned from holiday in the Czech Republic with some interesting shots from a ratrher catholic collection at this location:
    Zruc Air Park - Zruc - Czech Republic

    A selection of shots should be attached.

    Enjoy!

    CS
    :)
    Excellent shots CS. Tell me is that a Canadian F-104 in the left photo? Very strange collection indeed.
     
  14. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    Cheers for that CS. Looks interesting. Kinda reminds me of a WW2 scrapyard though.
     
  15. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    Cheers for that CS. Looks interesting. Kinda reminds me of a WW2 scrapyard though.
    Yup, that's very much the impression I have: a load of stuff quietly rotting away in a field in the middle of nowhere.
     
  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I like the German lids balaced on the OT810 :D. (I like the fact that despite it's paintwork it's labelled as an OT810 too! Too much masquerading in that area, what'a wrong with 'just' being an OT810!!)

    Those SUs look in good order, Runners?
    And do we think the T34 is an instructional cutaway? Looks like someones painted the springs and fuel tank for a reason?
     
  17. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    Excellent shots CS. Tell me is that a Canadian F-104 in the left photo? Very strange collection indeed.
    I know absolutely FA about aircraft GH but I'm pretty sure the 'Spitfire' is some sort of mock-up!

    H
     
  18. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    I like the German lids balaced on the OT810 :D. (I like the fact that despite it's paintwork it's labelled as an OT810 too! Too much masquerading in that area, what'a wrong with 'just' being an OT810!!)

    Those SUs look in good order, Runners?
    And do we think the T34 is an instructional cutaway? Looks like someones painted the springs and fuel tank for a reason?

    The SU 85s look good but check out the shots of the rear, I think they are probably minus engines: no exhausts present and the bolts securing the rear armour plate appear to have been removed. The T34 does look like a cutaway doesn't it? Especially with the internals in pretty colours.

    H
     
  19. Mullet94

    Mullet94 Senior Member

    I'm at a bit of a loose end tomorrow and am thinking about taking a trip to the the National Army Museum in London, anyone been and got any info on what it's like?

    I've been to the RAF Museum Hendon and the Imperial War Museum fairly recently so has anyone got any other recommendations for good WWII museums in London and fairly accesible but public transport as I don't drive?
     
  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I'm at a bit of a loose end tomorrow and am thinking about taking a trip to the the National Army Museum in London, anyone been and got any info on what it's like?

    I've been to the RAF Museum Hendon and the Imperial War Museum fairly recently so has anyone got any other recommendations for good WWII museums in London and fairly accesible but public transport as I don't drive?

    Tower of London and HMS Belfast are two which I've enjoyed going to on numerous occassions.

    Have a good day.
     

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