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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.
The 'Fums Up' Baby

Defying Gravity - First World War Airmen's Lucky Charms and Superstitions

  • 20 April 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

A popular trinket given to Servicemen by loved ones, the Fums Up Baby represented the birth of good luck. With its wooden head for 'touching wood' and thumbs pointing up, it was considered two lucky charms in one.

This temporary exhibition will be open daily in the Grahame-White Factory and is located in the Temporary Exhibition Room that is located on the ground-floor immediately on the left of main entrance.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Admission to this temporary exhibition is free of charge.

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/defying-gravity/

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/

Airfix: Make and Take

Airfix: Make and Take

  • 15 — 19 February 2016

Entertain the kids this February half term by coming to the RAF Museum to make an Airfix kit! We will be making First World War Albatros's, for £3 you'll be given a kit, glue, paints and your very own hangar to take your finished aircraft home in.

Dates: 15 - 19 February 2016
Location: Bomber Hall, RAF Museum, Grahame Park Way, Colindale, NW9 5LL
Times: 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
Cost: £3 per kit

This activity is recommended for ages 7+
Kits cost £3 per person - please note we only accept cash at the activity

For any enquiries, please contact the event organiser by clicking here -lucy.woodbridge@rafmuseum.org

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

This activity is recommended for ages 7+
Kits cost £3 per person - please note we only accept cash at the activity

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/airfix-make-and/

Airfix

Scaling down Reality - Battle of Britain

  • 19 February 2016 3pm

'Scaling Down Reality - Battle of Britain' by Simon Owen, lead Researcher at Hornby Hobbies Ltd

Simon Owen, lead Researcher at Hornby Hobbies Ltd will be here on Friday 19 February to give you an insight into the fascinating world of Airfix and how we take the iconic aircraft of history and today and scale them down to produce perfect replicas for today's modellers.

Covering off a range of topics including the history of the company and the production process, Simon will also be on hand to answer your questions at the end so don't miss out on this perfect opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at Airfix HQ.

Time: 1pm (this lecture will last approx. 60 minutes)
Location: Museum lecture theatre, Grahame Park Way, Colindale, NW9 5LL
Cost: FREE

If you would like to attend this lecture you will need to book a free ticket. Please click here to reserve your seat today -https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

For any enquiries, please contact the event organiser by clicking here lucy.woodbridge@rafmuseum.org

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

If you would like to attend this lecture you will need to book a free ticket. Please click here to reserve your seat today -https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/scaling-down-reality-battle-of-britain/

Love in the Forces

Love in the Forces

  • 20 — 21 February 2016 2-5pm

This February the RAF Museum will be holding some special archive viewing sessions. 'Love in the Forces' will focus on the relationships formed by individuals serving in the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and RAF by showing original material rarely on display will be available to the public.

Our archive viewing sessions on 20 and 21 February will share stories of love and loss. It will explore the importance of comradeship and friendship as well as the family ties which support and sustain.

We will also highlight how romance could blossom in a time of war and the impact which conflict could have on relationships. Diaries, letters and photographs will provide an insight about the experiences of those who have served.

Join us this February to take advantage of this opportunity to view unique items and to learn more.

Tickets
Admission to each is session is free of charge, but is by advance ticket only.

You may reserve your tickets here. https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches There will be a maximum of 8 people per session.

Session Timings
20th and 21st February 2016
12pm; 2pm; 3pm (20th)
11am; 12pm; 2pm; 3pm (21st)

Historic Hangars Boardroom

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission to each is session is free of charge, but is by advance ticket only.

You may reserve your tickets here. https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches There will be a maximum of 8 people per session.

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/love-in-the-forces/

Royal Air Force Museum

Women in Aviation, Science and Engineering

  • 19 March 2016 11am-4pm

On Saturday 19 March the Royal Air Force Museum, in partnership with Techmaids are holding an event in honour and celebration of women in science and engineering. The Month of March Marks International Women’s Day and Women’s history Month.

We will be hosting various women who work in science and engineering who will be giving pop up lectures beneath our Bristol Beaufighter.

Event details are as follows:

Date: Saturday 19 March 2016

Times: 11am – 4pm

Cost: Free

It’s that time of year when we can advocate for women and shine a light on the issues that affect them and celebrate their accomplishments and achievements.

Please note - full details and speakers are still be be announced.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Event details are as follows:

Date: Saturday 19 March 2016

Times: 11am – 4pm

Cost: Free

It’s that time of year when we can advocate for women and shine a light on the issues that affect them and celebrate their accomplishments and achievements.

Please note - full details and speakers are still be be announced.

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/women-in-aviation-science-and-engineering/

Royal Air Force Museum

Open Cockpits Evening

  • 22 March 2016 6:15-9:15pm

Date: Tuesday 22 March
Time: 6.15pm to 9.15pm
Location: RAF Museum, Grahame Park Way, Colindale, London, NW9 5LL
Tickets for the popular event ‘Open Cockpits Evening’ are now on sale. Join us for a very special event, held just twice a year at our London site.

This event is led by our team of volunteers who will be opening the following 12 aircraft:

De Havilland Chipmunk
Gloster Meteor F8
Westland Wessex
Avro Lancaster
English Electric Canberra PR3
Supermarine Spitfire VB
ME109G
European Helicopter Industries Merlin EH101
De Havilland Vampire F3
Sycamore
Supermarine Spitfire MK16
Jet Provost T5A

In addition to open aircraft our Wessex Café will be open throughout the event serving hot and cold beverages as well as a selection of sandwiches, cakes and snacks.

Tickets
Tickets are limited for this event and we recommend that you book in advance. To book please click here - https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=353

Adult ticket - £15.00 per person

Child ticket - £8.00 per person

All tickets are subject to 50p booking charge which will be applied at the online checkout. We are offering all Members a 'no booking fee' discount on all tickets, please contact our Membership team for more details.

Please read if purchasing a child ticket:

We are now able to offer an under 18’s ticket for Open Cockpits Evening. This ticket is for anyone over the age of 10. Unfortunately there will be no access to the Lancaster for anyone under the age of 18; this is due to safety restrictions with our access lift. All other aircraft open on 22 March will be open for visitors aged 10+.

More information
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the event organiser on 0208 358 4997 or email opencockpits@rafmuseum.org

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets
Tickets are limited for this event and we recommend that you book in advance. To book please click here - https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=353

Adult ticket - £15.00 per person

Child ticket - £8.00 per person

All tickets are subject to 50p booking charge which will be applied at the online checkout. We are offering all Members a 'no booking fee' discount on all tickets, please contact our Membership team for more details.

Please read if purchasing a child ticket:

We are now able to offer an under 18’s ticket for Open Cockpits Evening. This ticket is for anyone over the age of 10. Unfortunately there will be no access to the Lancaster for anyone under the age of 18; this is due to safety restrictions with our access lift. All other aircraft open on 22 March will be open for visitors aged 10+.

More information
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the event organiser on 0208 358 4997 or email opencockpits@rafmuseum.org

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/open-cockpi/

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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