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Free Admission
Open Daily 10am to 5pm

Reserve Collection


The Reserve Collection is housed in the back of our Thérèse Angelo Wing



  • View additional aircraft, vehicles and engines in storage
  • Climb aboard a Bristol Freighter transport aircraft
  • Access to the conservation workshop via our guided tours

While technically speaking, the Reserve Collection space is a collections storage area rather than a gallery, it does give a sense of a museum display, with aircraft and large objects roped off and a walkway encircling them.

The Reserve Collection is housed in the back of our Thérèse Angelo Wing, which is just a short walk, under cover, from the Aircraft Hall. Please note that the space is only accessible on our free behind the scenes tours, or with a booked group visit or education programme.

All the large objects in this area are, as the name suggests, a reserve collection - aircraft, vehicles, engines and weaponry which, at present, we don’t have room to display in our main galleries. Ultimately, most of these items will go on public display when we take full occupation of our new building, which will occur after Christchurch’s new Convention Centre is complete (projected to be in 2019).


Plan your group visit

Find out all you need to know about planning your education group visit to the Air Force Museum.

Aircraft Hall

Originally built as an aircraft hangar during World War Two, the Aircraft Hall is home to 13 stunning vintage aircraft, all displayed under theatrical lighting.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch | 03 343 9532

We welcome visitors of all abilities