IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford
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Explore a historic airfield famous for its role in the Battle of Britain and discover what it was like to serve at RAF Duxford.

Find out more about aircraft and military vehicles and the role they have played in modern conflict and people’s lives. Get up close to a Spitfire, marvel at the supersonic Concorde, peer into General Montgomery's wartime caravans and experience the size and scale of the mighty tanks.

In the newly transformed American Air Museum, find out about American air power from the First World War and beyond. Discover the personal stories of those whose lives have been shaped by their experiences of war.

Don’t miss our famous air shows taking place on 28 – 29 May, 9 – 10 July and 10 – 11 September.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

IWM Duxford is open daily except for 24, 25 and 26 December.

Open from 10am until 6pm in the summer and from 10am until 4pm in the winter (from late October until mid-March)

Admission charges

2016 Prices:
Adult £18
Child (5-15) £9
Child (under 5) free
Concessions £14.40

Separate charges apply at air shows and some events. Visit iwm.org.uk/duxford for more information.

Discounts

  • English Heritage
  • Museums Association
Getting there

IWM Duxford is situated at Junction 10 of the M11, approximately 15 minutes from Cambridge and 40 minutes from the M25.

Additional info

Ample free parking, restaurant, cafes and a shop. The majority of IWM Duxford's buildings have level entry or ramped access for wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are available on loan and can be booked in advance. Guide dogs welcome.

The Normandy Experience looks at the dramatic invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 1944, and the events that followed in Normandy and NW Europe until the end of the war.
'Monty' reveals one of the men behind the events shown in The Normandy Experience - Field Marshal Montgomery.
The British Aircraft Collection: A selection of military and civil aircraft for you to browse.
The Naval Collection: A fascinating range of exhibits from midget submarines to naval helicopters.
The Land Warfare Hall houses Duxford's collection of tanks, trucks and artillery.
The Battle of Britain Exhibition looks at the people and machines involved in the Battle of Britain and the Blitz of 1940-1941.
The American Air Museum houses the finest collection of historic American combat aircraft outside the United States.
'The Forgotten War' Exhibition highlights the political, military and the personal aspects of the Second World War in the Far East, the Pacific and in particular, Burma between 1941 and 1945.
The history of the Royal Anglian Regiment Museum from 1958 - 1960. Includes The Cambridgeshire Regiment Collection.
AirSpace houses the finest collection of aircraft including iconic Concorde, the Lancaster and much more!

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Land Transport, Aviation

Key artists and exhibits

  • Concorde
  • Spitfire
  • Hurricane
  • Aircraft
  • Military Vehicles
  • Tanks
  • Wartime
  • RAF
  • USAAF
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

1940 Operations Room

  • 1 November 2015 — 1 November 2020 *on now

A reconstruction of the place where RAF Duxford’s fighter aircraft were directed into combat during the Battle of Britain.

The fixtures and fittings of this historic room were removed long ago, but today you can see an accurate reconstruction of the Operations Room. A variety of different sources of evidence, including documents, photographs, film and personal recollections, were used in ensuring the Operations Room looks as it did in 1940.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in IWM Duxford admission

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-duxford/1940-operations-room

Air and Sea

  • 1 November 2015 — 1 November 2020 *on now

Discover how Britain defended the country and controlled the sea during the First World War and beyond.

As an island, Britain’s control of the sea was vital to its defence. Air and Sea shows the changes in defence methods, from the giant battleships of the First World War to modern-day submarines and aircraft carriers.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in IWM Duxford admission

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-duxford/air-and-sea

AirSpace

  • 1 November 2015 — 1 November 2020 *on now

AirSpace tells the story of aviation in Britain and the Commonwealth, featuring over 30 iconic aircraft including Concorde and the Spitfire.

Since the pioneering days of flight, Britain and the Commonwealth have played a major role in the field of aircraft development. In AirSpace you can see many types of both military and civil aircraft through the ages.

The Exhibitions Gallery provides a fun and interactive way for the whole family to learn more about the aircraft and some of the themes you can explore elsewhere at IWM Duxford. And don’t miss the opportunity to go on board our Concorde, open from 10am to 5pm during our summer opening hours and from 11am to 3pm during winter opening hours - please call 01223 835 000 before your visit for the latest information on Concorde operating hours.

AirSpace also features The Wright Flyer Exhibition, which commemorates the first powered, sustained and controlled flight made by the American Wright brothers; a flight that marked the birth of modern aviation. The exhibition showcases an original piece of fabric taken from the Flyer, the aircraft in which the Wright brothers made their inaugural flight.

AirSpace is also home to Airborne Assault, the museum of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces, which tells the stories of soldiers who go to war from the air.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in IWM Duxford admission

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-duxford/airspace

Conservation in Action

  • 1 November 2015 — 1 November 2020 *on now

A team of dedicated staff and volunteers at IWM Duxford care for hundreds of our unique exhibits.

The techniques and materials used to preserve a First World War aircraft are very different to those required for a modern military jet, but both need expert care to preserve them for future generations. Much of this vital work is carried out in full view of visitors in Conservation in Action.

Major restoration work only becomes necessary when the aircraft has been acquired in a severely damaged, incomplete or badly corroded condition. This is also true of the Duxford Aviation Society's collection of civil aircraft, most of which have been flown into the airfield for preservation.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in IWM Duxford admission

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-duxford/conservation-in-action

Flying Aircraft

  • 1 November 2015 — 1 November 2020 *on now

Explore the two former RAF Type 2 hangars where some of the privately-owned historic aircraft are restored, maintained and prepared for flight.

At IWM Duxford we run an active airfield. Since 1977 our runway has been open to private fliers and over the years it has been used by a variety of historic and modern aircraft.

One of the largest and most famous aircraft to operate from IWM Duxford is the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B, star of the film Memphis Belle. Sally B and other privately-owned ‘warbirds’ based at IWM Duxford are in frequent demand for air displays and filming, both in the UK and abroad.

During opening hours a small team of professional air traffic controllers, working from a Second World War control tower, provide flight information services to pilots based at IWM Duxford and to others flying in and out of the airfield.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in IWM Duxford admission

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-duxford/flying-aircraft

Historic Duxford

  • 1 November 2015 — 1 November 2020 *on now

Historic Duxford is a new exhibition and historic site trail for families which explores Duxford's time as an RAF airfield from 1918 to 1961.

With many things to watch, listen to, have a go at, wear and even smell, Historic Duxford paints a vivid picture of daily life at RAF Duxford. Hear and see fascinating personal stories told by the men and women who worked and lived at RAF Duxford, in sound and film.

See the Watch Office, the forerunner to the Control Tower, as it might have been during the late 1930s.

Complementing the Historic Duxford exhibition is a heritage trail around the historic site with eight interactive posts. Each post features audio memories from veterans who worked at RAF Duxford. Pick up an activity sheet from the exhibition to complete as you follow the trail.

Discover Duxford’s own story – its eventful past and fascinating people.

Entry to Historic Duxford is included in admission to IWM Duxford.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in admission to IWM Duxford

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-duxford/historic-duxford

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Outside of the American Air Museum

American Air Museum

  • 19 March 2016 — 1 May 2021 *on now

The American Air Museum has been transformed, bringing the story of the collaboration between the United Kingdom and the United States up to date, to the present day. Get up close to epic aircraft and hear directly from those men and women whose lives are intrinsically linked with those on display, from the First and Second World Wars, through the Cold War and post 9/11.Their personal stories are enriched by fascinating objects from their lives (from letters to uniforms and other personal belongings), many of which have never before been on display. This is the story of two nations united through war, loss, love and duty.

Admission

Admission is included with general IWM Duxford admission

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/aam

Velma North American TF-51 Mustang in flight

The American Air Show

  • 28 — 29 May 2016

Celebrating the newly-transformed American Air Museum, The American Air Show tells the story of American and British collaboration over 100 years showing the impact of the American forces on Duxford and the eastern region from the First World War to the present day.

Dynamic flying displays will occupy the skies while evocative living history re-enactments help to tell the story on the ground. Be entertained by a variety of 1940s-inspired performances and dine on American and British-style foods.

This weekend is sure to stimulate aircraft enthusiasts while also providing a guaranteed fun family day-out!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

For admission fees, please see iwm.org.uk/americanairshow

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/americanairshow

Flying Legends Air Show

  • 9 — 10 July 2016

The Flying Legends Air Show is famous the world over for its unique presentations of historic piston-engined aircraft in rare combinations and remarkable flying displays. Complementing dramatic displays in the air is the authentic 1940s atmosphere that can be experienced across IWM Duxford.

The flying display promises an unmissable fusion of power, sound, excitement and nostalgia as iconic piston-engined aircraft from across the globe perform their breathtaking flights over IWM Duxford’s historic airfield.

The balbo, a massed-formation finale, featuring many of the aircraft which have taken part in the stunning flying display, is unique to the Flying Legends Air Show and a world-renowned spectacle.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

For admission fees, please visit iwm.org.uk/duxford

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-duxford/airshows

Getting there

IWM Duxford is situated at Junction 10 of the M11, approximately 15 minutes from Cambridge and 40 minutes from the M25.

IWM Duxford
Duxford
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR
England

Website

E-mail

General information

duxford@iwm.org.uk

Telephone

01223 835 000

Fax

01223 837 267

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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