Royal Air Force Museum

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Wing your way over to a wonderful collection of aircraft, interactives, medals, uniforms, film shows and memorabilia on display and trace the story of the RAF and aviation itself.

Visit the awe-inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain. The Aeronauts Interactive Centre offers hands-on entertainment and education for all ages and includes cockpit controls, co-ordination tests, engine lifting, air speed, drop zone, pilot testing and more.

Take your visit to the next dimension by entering the Museum's 4D Theatre and discover how it feels to glide amongst the clouds. Don't forget to explore the Grahame-White Watch Office, the museum's latest permanent exhibition, which will transport you back to the pioneering days of flight at Hendon during the Edwardian period.

The onsite museum shop is packed with models, toys and gift items as well as exclusive magazines, books and videos. There is also a cafe and licensed restaurant and picnic area to take care of catering needs. Pay and Display Parking available.

A FREE, fun and fantastic day out for everyone.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10am - 6pm [last entry 5:30pm]

Admission charges

Admission is FREE to the Museum.
A car parking charge is payable.

Getting there

If you’re travelling to the Museum by road, the Museum is signposted within easy reach of the A5, A41, M1 (junction 4 southbound) and North Circular A406 roads. Just follow the brown and white tourist signs.

If you’re using SatNav please input our road name, “Grahame Park Way” not our postcode, as this has been incorrectly indexed on some systems. If your system will not accept Grahame Park Way, please enter the postcode NW9 5QW. This will direct you to the small industrial estate next to the Museum.

If you’re visiting the Museum by public transport please take the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line to Colindale tube station, the Museum is only a short walk along Grahame Park Way.

Alternatively, you can take the Thames Link to Mill Hill Broadway, and catch bus number 303 to the Museum, which also runs from outside Colindale Tube Station. This service will drop you directly outside the Museum's main gates.

Additional info

Research Department open to the public by appointment only. Please contact the Department in the first instance to arrange an appointment to meet with a curator.

Collection details

Archives, Aviation, Costume and Textiles, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
An Artist's impression of what the new exhibition will look like

First World War in the Air

  • 4 December 2014 — 31 December 2020 *on now

Eleven years after the first powered flight, aviation emerged as a force capable of changing the face of battle. In 1914 the Royal Flying Corps numbered just 1,500 people. By 1918, when the Royal Air Force was created, this had grown to more than 205,000. The full strategic value of air power had become all too evident - both on the battlefield and on the Home Front.

This compelling story of the First World War in the Air will be revealed in a new exhibition in our Claude Grahame-White Hangar

Discover the vital work of the Service men and women on the ground as well as the changing roles of those in the air as the essential use of 'eyes in the sky' for reconnaissance was complemented by the introduction of new technologies for bombing and fighting high above the ground.

Many personal artefacts including medals, letters and uniforms will be displayed alongside the finest collection of First World War aircraft bringing both moving and inspiring stories to life - and ensuring that the bravery and sacrifice of these aviation pioneers will never be forgotten.

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/opening-of-first-world-war-in-the-air-exhibition/

Venture Adventure: 75 years of the Air Training Corps

Venture Adventure: 75 years of the Air Training Corps

  • 8 February 2016 — 12 February 2017 *on now

Generations of young people with a passion for aviation and adventure have been enjoying the range of opportunities offered by the Air Training Corps for the past 75 years.

The RAF Museum is delighted to present temporary exhibitions in London and Cosford to celebrate the ATC’s 75th anniversary produced in partnership with the Air Training Corps.

The exhibitions explore the history of the organisation and the exciting activities and training undertaken by Air Cadets today.

The London exhibition opens on 8 February and features original artefacts from the Museum’s collection as well as offering the chance to sit in the cockpit of a Grob Viking glider.

This exhibition will be open daily in the Museum's Art Gallery, which can be found on the Upper Level of Historic Hangars.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/venture-adventure-75-years-of-the-air-training-co/

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.
Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Commemorative Mosaic

Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Commemorative Mosaic

  • 19 September 2015 — 18 September 2016 *on now

A mosaic made up of thousands of images from members of the public to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be placed on display in the Bomber Hall of the Royal Air Force Museum from 19 of September 2015.

The mosaic is of an iconic photograph of Hurricane and Spitfire fighters in close formation and encapsulates the spirit of the Battle of Britain.

The initial mosaic was composed of RAF archive images of Battle of Britain personnel and equipment, repeated numerous times, with any images uploaded by the public replacing one of those repeats. In total 60,000 images were used to create the mosaic, which measures at 8 metres across by 5.34 metres deep.

It will be on hung next to our Airfield Chapel in Bomber Hall and will be on display for 12 months.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/battle-of-britain-75th-anniversary-commemorative-m/

Take a once in a lifetime look of our Battle of Britain Collection

The Battle of Britain Laid Bare

  • 11 May 2016 6-9:30pm

The RAF Museum’s famous Battle of Britain aircraft collection will be relocated within the museum in 2016. Before the aircraft moves begin, we will be giving visitors a one off and rare opportunity to view the interior of the collection. Each aircraft will be manned by a volunteer explainer who will aid your ‘behind the scenes’ experience. So, join us for this last chance event on 11th May. Gain invaluable insight into the museum collection, meet fellow historians and soak up this Museums at Night event.

Aircraft includes:

• Gladiator
• Spitfire MK1
• Hurricane
• Defiant
• Junkers 87
• ME110
• ME109
• Heinkel 111
• Blenheim
• Junkers 88

Capacity for this event is limited so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are available via the museum website: www.rafmuseum.org

Please note: car parking will be free from 6pm on 11th May 2016.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20 plus a 50p booking feee

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org/whatson

Come visit for a special evening of one off events

Top Gun vs Top Jets

  • 12 May 2016 6:30-10:30pm

Sit in a jet aircraft and then watch Top Gun on the big screen at the RAF Museum this May. We’re opening 8 jets for viewing and access as part of the Museums at Night Festival. Open aircraft include:

• Meteor (cockpit viewing)
• Vampire (cockpit viewing)
• Canberra (cockpit viewing)
• Phantom (cockpit viewing)
• Lightning (cockpit viewing)
• Jet Provost 5 (cockpit access)
• Hunter (cockpit viewing)
Each aircraft will be manned by a volunteer explainer who will aid your ‘behind the scenes’ experience and answer any questions you might have.

Aircraft access will end at 8pm. At 8.15pm we will screen Top Gun on our cinema screen which will be nestled between jets including the Phantom. Our café will be serving snacks and alcohol which will be available for purchase throughout the event.

Capacity for this event is limited so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are available via the museum website: www.rafmuseum.org/whatson

Please note: car parking will be free from 6pm on 12th May 2016.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£14 plus a 50p booking fee

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org/whatson

The Red Baron

The Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen and the Creation of a Legend

  • 13 May 2016 12:30-2pm

The lecture will examine Manfred von Richthofen’s memoir The Red Battle Flyer (1918) and attempt to establish the part played by Richthofen himself in creating and promoting the myth of the invincible, ruthless yet gentlemanly “Red Baron”.

Richthofen’s presentation of his philosophy of aerial combat, his thoughts on the meaning of heroism and sacrifice, and his view of the role of air power on the Western Front will be outlined and discussed.

Dr Martin will also briefly compare The Red Battle Flyer to other German ‘aerial’ memoirs of WW1 and trace the ‘afterlife’ of the Red Baron, both during the Nazi period and in contemporary popular culture.

This lecture will be held in the RAF Museum lecture theatre at 12:30PM on Friday 13 May 2016.

This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission to this lecture is free of charge. Admission is however via advance ticket only. To reserve yours please go to www.rafmuseum.org/whatson

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/the-red-baron/

Getting there

If you’re travelling to the Museum by road, the Museum is signposted within easy reach of the A5, A41, M1 (junction 4 southbound) and North Circular A406 roads. Just follow the brown and white tourist signs.

If you’re using SatNav please input our road name, “Grahame Park Way” not our postcode, as this has been incorrectly indexed on some systems. If your system will not accept Grahame Park Way, please enter the postcode NW9 5QW. This will direct you to the small industrial estate next to the Museum.

If you’re visiting the Museum by public transport please take the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line to Colindale tube station, the Museum is only a short walk along Grahame Park Way.

Alternatively, you can take the Thames Link to Mill Hill Broadway, and catch bus number 303 to the Museum, which also runs from outside Colindale Tube Station. This service will drop you directly outside the Museum's main gates.

Royal Air Force Museum
Grahame Park Way
Colindale
London
Greater London
NW9 5LL
England

Website

www.rafmuseum.org/london

E-mail

Groups

groups@rafmuseum.org

Public Events

whatson@rafmuseum.org

Department of Research & Information Services

research@rafmuseum.org

School & Scout Trips

learning-london@rafmuseum.org

Telephone

Main Switchboard Number

020 8205 2266

Fax

020 8200 1751

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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