Welcome to the Royal Air Force Museum Laarbruch - Weeze e.V.

Museum for Peace and Friendship

Opening hours  *** closed due to COVID19 until further notice ***

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

from 1400 hrs. to 1700 hrs

Winter break: Mid December to beginning March

The entrance fee is € 3,– for adults, and children up to 14 years of age are free of charge.

Groups are welcome at any time, but are requested to make an appointment for a conducted tour (€ 5,–)

Rod Hawkins +49 2832 70158
Heinz Willi Knechten +49 178 1356324

Donations are welcome:
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RAF Museum Laarbruch-Weeze e.V.

Germany’s first and only Royal Air Force Museum, invites you to a trip down memory lane, through 45 years of Royal Air Force presence in Laarbruch, Weeze and the Lower Rhine area.

The museum was first opened to the public on June 3rd 2007.

The aim of the museum is to document the history of the former military airbase Laarbruch. The former St Peter`s Church has been renovated for this purpose, and now contains a large selection of exhibits including two aircraft cockpits (Canberra T4 and Buccaneer).

An English Electric Canberra PR7 is on display since March 2016. The museum is attempting to purchase more types of aircraft that were stationed at Laarbruch.

Recently purchased towards the collection is a Hawker Hunter T.7.

Link to Gallery

Free Parking at Royal Air Force Museum Laarbruch


  • For the “normal” museum visitor, an agreement has been made with the airport that a parking space behind the COVA building can be used free of charge for the duration of the museum visit.
  • Four lanes lead to the barriers and cash gates.
  • If you want to visit the museum, take the left lane, which is somewhat confusingly called “exit”.
  • It goes straight on through the roundabout.
  • Immediately to the right is a white building with a big 7 and the lettering “COVA”.
  • Immediately behind this building you turn right.
  • From the parking lot it is only a few steps across the road to the museum.

The Association

“Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum Laarbruch – Weeze e.V.” was founded on the 30th of January 2006 in Weeze. It is a non-profit organisation and is registered as such in the Register of Associations in Geldern.

(Foto (c) Steve)

Left to right: Hal Palmer, Marianne Goossens, Steve Freienstein, Cilly Hawkins-Grüterich, Rod Hawkins, Manfred Beckers, Horst Gaulke, Reinhard Janssen, Mark Moodie, H W Knechten

Missing: Dr. Bernd Ahlbrecht and Wacky Knechten

At the General Meeting on the 22nd of April 2016 the following members were elected to form a committee:


ChairmanHeinz Willi Knechten, Weeze
Vice ChairmanS/L Rod Hawkins MBE RAF(Rtd.),Kevelaer
TreasurerCilly Hawkins-Grüterich, Kevelaer
SecretaryHorst Gaulke, Weeze
Vice SecretaryMarianne Goossens, Weeze
AssessorDr. Bernd-Rüdiger Ahlbrecht, Kevelaer
AssessorManfred Beckers, Geldern
AssessorSteve Freienstein (Hill), ex RAF, Goch
AssessorReinhard Janssen, Weeze
AssessorFranz-Josef Knechten, Weeze
AssessorMark Moodie, ex RAF-Police, Nieuw-Bergen,NL
AssessorHal Palmer,Well, NL