Tower Museum Bassingbourn

The Tower Museum Bassingbourn is housed in the original control tower that dates back to the 1930's when the airbase was constructed. One of the first museum's in the country to be housed in an original control tower, the Museum opened in 1974; its aim to educate visitors in the history of this world famous base when the RAF and the USAAF were stationed here.

The Tower Museum at Bassingbourn was opened in 1974 by Major General Stanley Wray, who during the Second World War was Colonel Stanley Wray, the first Commanding Officer of the 91st Bomb Group of the 8th United States Army Air Force.

Formerly known as the East Anglian Aviation Society, the Tower Museum was the first museum of its type in the country; housed in the original airfield control tower, located on what was to become one of the most famous bomber bases of the Second World War.

Today, the Tower Museum is a memorial museum, capturing the experiences and memories of the men and women of the RAF and USAAF who have served here. The Museum's moto is "to keep the memory alive for those who come after".

The Museum has a large collection of genuine artefacts, photographs and documents on display, which give the visitor a flavour of what has happened at this base since it opened in 1938.

The first floor of the Tower is dedicated to the RAF; pre, during and post WWII and the British Army. While the second floor is dedicated entirely to the 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) - probably the most famous of all USAAF 8th Air Force bomb groups

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Various throughout the year - please see website for more details.

Admission charges

Dependent on events - please see webite for details

Tower Museum Bassingbourn
Hangar #3
Bassingbourn Barracks




01763 243 500

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