East Essex Aviation Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

Point Clear, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
SatNav: Region:
CO16 8LJ East Anglia
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 2 Open

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What’s Here

The museum display is housed in a Martello tower on the coast. Exhibits include aviation archeology finds, memorabilia and the substantial wreckage of two wartime P-51 fighters. They also have several displays upstairs of uniforms, guns etc which are well worth a look.


Inside Orchards Holiday Camp, Point Clear, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. From Clacton-on-Sea, go through St. Osyth towards Point Clear. The Martello Tower is at the far end of the holiday village.

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Opening Hours:

Open Monday 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm and Sunday 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, April to October; also Wednesdays 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, June to September.


Free, but donations are welcome.


The tower is located on a caravan site, so there are toilets, a cafe, and a pub only a few yards away.

The Martello Tower (Photo, Dan Lord) The engine from a Mustang (Photo, Dan Lord)
P-51D Mustang fuselage (Photo, Dan Lord) Machine Guns (Photo, Dan Lord)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
44-14574 NA P-51D Mustang 44-14574 Fuselage Displayed
44-15560 NA P-51D Mustang 44-15560 Wreck Displayed

More Information

East Essex Aviation Museum, Martello Tower, Point Clear, Essex, CO16 8LJ. Website: East Essex Aviation Society.

Equipment Display (Photo, Dan Lord) P-51D Mustang (Photo, Dan Lord)

Thanks to Dan Lord for updating this page.

4 thoughts on “East Essex Aviation Museum

  1. Hi

    i came to visit your museum a few weeks ago and spoke to a mister Dave Bye RN, about some information regarding a sub mariner.

    he kindley gave me his address where to send this information to. unfortunately I have mislayed it he can contact me on 0208 902 8022 or on the E mail address supplied, just in case Captainmroe@aol.com

    After the 23rd of July I will have moved to Leicester. If I havent heard from him by then I will try and contct him again in a few weeks after the move.

    Thank you for all you hard work that you do for your little museum

    Mike Roe
    Major. Salvation Army

  2. Hi

    I’m curatorial advisor to another Martello Museum- Seaford

    Had some scraps of aluminium come up on the shore at nearby Cuckmere after gale- records show a Mustang crashed and burnt out in WW2 just yards away

    The ally may have some adhering white paint- plane or just bits of dumped old fridge?!

    Can u help? Thanks

  3. I visited the museum back around 1996 you had a dunkirk display upstairs which interested me. Whilst looking around i became aware of a man standing next to me wearing a duffle type coat with a white beard. It suddenly appeared to be the man whos picture and story i was reading about. He vansihed as quick as he appeared i walked to the top of the stairs and asked my wife if anyone had come down the stairs and she sai no. I firmly believe i saw the spirit of this man and wondered if anyone else ever reported a similar or same experience. Ian Robery

  4. visited the museum yesterday absolutely briliant and many thanks to our guide Bill very imformative . in response to the above comment i did feel someone else was permanently with us around the museum and my friend steve who was with me said several times that he heard strange things .
    The collection is one of the best i have visited and is so personal nearly every item has a history explained so becomes real not just an exhibit , as an aviation museum this puts duxford and omaka into the shadows as a perfectly restored plane is good but it was the men who controlled these machines and their stories that are the basis of the collection at point clear martello

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