Bentwaters Cold War Museum is based in the United States Air Force (USAF) hardened command post on the former Bentwaters airbase.
The airbase closed after the withdrawal of the USAF in 1993 and is believed to be the only such building open to the public in the UK and Europe. Today, the site is run by volunteers from Bentwaters Aviation Society. Visitors can experience the Cold War history with guides and talks about the operations of the base with detailed displays of the units stationed at both RAF Bentwaters and nearby RAF Woodbridge since WWII.
Aircraft on display include an Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt, Hawker Hunter, McDonnell Douglas Phantom, Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, Bristol Bloodhound missile and Hawker Harrier. New for 2023 is a tour of the restoration hangar with the BAC Jaguar, Gloster Meteor, Lockheed T-33 and English Electric Lightning.
Visitors can also see the fully restored War Operations Room and Battle Cabin. A new American Diner themed café and shop is open for food and drinks.