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.
Royal Air Force Museum

An ‘Enduring Relationship’: A History of Friendship between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman

  • 16 July 2014 — 14 July 2015 *on now

Great Britain and Oman have enjoyed an enduring relationship for over 200 years that stretches back to a Treaty of Friendship in 1798. This broader relationship has been replicated in the close professional co-operation that has developed between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman. It is a relationship that continues to develop into the 21st Century with the Royal Air Force of Oman’s purchase of the Eurofighter Typhoon from BAE Systems.

Formed in 1959 from a nucleus of Scottish Aviation Pioneers and Hunting Percival Provosts, and manned by Royal Air Force loan officers, the Royal Air Force of Oman (originally named the Sultan of Muscat and Oman’s Air Force) has grown into one of the most capable air forces in the Middle East. This achievement has been supported throughout by mutual respect, friendship and encouragement between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman.

In a brand new exhibition, curated with the support of the Archives Division of the Royal Air Force of Oman, the Royal Air Force Museum tells the story of this enduring relationship through the experiences of officers and men, from the Royal Air Force, the Royal Air Force of Oman and British industry who have played an important part in creating a modern, professional and highly effective air force.

The story will range from the Royal Air Force’s involvement in the Middle East from its formation in 1918 and include highlights such as the visit of Sultan Taimur bin Faisal to Royal Air Force Hendon in 1928 as the guest of the British government to watch an Air Pageant as well as the vital support offered by Oman to Great Britain during the Second World War through the purchase of Spitfires flown by the Royal Air Force.

An Appeal

The RAF Museum is interested in hearing from any RAF officers or other ranks who have served in Oman to preserve their stories. If you would like to contribute to this exciting project please contact Ross Mahoney, Aviation Historian for the Royal Air Force Museum by emailing ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org in the first instance.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission to this event is free of charge

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/enduring-relationship-a-history-of-the-royal-air/

Royal Air Force Museum

Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus: A life of a Pioneering Aviator

  • 14 September 2014 — 11 September 2015 *on now

Sir Alan Cobham was a pioneering long distance aviator and technical innovator who became famous for his exploits in the interwar years by making aviation accessible and popular throughout the world.

He learnt to fly while in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War and later went on to set many long distance aviation records.

These include becoming the first person to fly from London to Cape Town and back in 1926 for which he received the Air Force Cross, and in the same year to be the first person to fly from London to Australia and back, for which he was knighted by King George V.

Sir Alan Cobham also organised a series of flying tours of the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa which became affectionately known as ‘Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus’. These tours promoted aviation to the public and were a source of inspiration for countless pilots in the Second World War.


This new exhibition will be opening on the Museum's Battle of Britain Day on the 14th September. It will be a highly visual display of Sir Alan Cobham’s life and his many notable achievements, showcasing some of the ‘treasures’ from the collection including a Union Flag that was flown on Cobham's de Havilland D.H.50J biplane while on his Cape Town flight. The exhibition will also feature film footage that will show how he made aviation into a breathtaking spectacle.

The ‘Sir Alan Cobham Collection’ forms the basis of this new exhibition. This Collection may be viewed by appointment in our London Reading Room.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/sir-alan-cobham-s-flying-circus-a-life-of-a-pione/

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/

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/

Vulcan

Access the Avro Vulcan

  • 30 June 2015 10am-12:30pm *on now

Clamber up the two ladders, through the cabin and into the cockpit where one of our experienced aircraft team will talk you through every nook and cranny of the flight deck.

Participant comments:

"I just wanted to say what a great event the Vulcan Open Cockpits was on Wednesday. The aircraft team made the difference between it being good and it being excellent, and the whole event went beyond our expectations."

James Edensor, Vulcan Access Participant

TICKETS

Tickets are now on sale at £25.00 per person plus a 50p booking fee. Click here to book your ticket - https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Please note: the museum reserves the right to refuse entry to any participant who is not physically able enough to access the Vulcan. There is a minimum age limit of 16 for this event.


GET IN TOUCH

If you would like more information then please contact the Event Organiser by emailing whatson@rafmuseum.org or call our switchboard on 0208 205 2266.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are now on sale at £25.00 per person plus a 50p booking fee. Click here to book your ticket - https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Vulcan

Access the Avro Vulcan

  • 28 July 2015 9:30am-12:30pm

Clamber up the two ladders, through the cabin and into the cockpit where one of our experienced aircraft team will talk you through every nook and cranny of the flight deck.

Participant comments:

"I just wanted to say what a great event the Vulcan Open Cockpits was on Wednesday. The aircraft team made the difference between it being good and it being excellent, and the whole event went beyond our expectations."

James Edensor, Vulcan Access Participant

TICKETS
Tickets are now on sale at £25.00 per person plus a 50p booking fee. Click here to book your ticket -https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Please note: the museum reserves the right to refuse entry to any participant who is not physically able enough to access the Vulcan. There is a minimum age limit of 16 for this event.


GET IN TOUCH
If you would like more information then please contact the Event Organiser by emailing whatson@rafmuseum.org or call our switchboard on 0208 205 2266.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets are now on sale at £25.00 per person plus a 50p booking fee. Click here to book your ticket -https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

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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