Royal Air Force Museum, London

Come visit our exciting First World War in the Air Exhibition
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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/

Three Pilots - One War Exhibition at The RAF Museum

Three Pilots – One War Exhibition

  • 29 March — 9 December 2018 *on now

Our latest First World War in the Air temporary exhibition is inspired by the experiences of three pilots during the First World War.

Each pilot comes from a different country – Peter Falkenstein from Germany, Jean Chaput from France and Bernard Rice from England. All three men wrote frequent letters home. Much of what we know about the war comes from history books but personal letters can provide a unique insight into the everyday lives of those who served.

Our exhibition has been created by students from local schools and colleges in response to three letters, one from each of our featured pilots.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/three-pilots-one-war/

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.
Join us for Open Cockpits on 24 February

100 Open Cockpits and Cabs

  • 21 September 2018 6-9pm
  • 8 December 2018 1-4pm, 6-9pm

To celebrate the 100 years since the formation of the RAF, London and Cosford will be offering visitors the rare and exciting chance to get a closer look inside 100 cockpits and vehicles from our collection during our Open Cockpit and Cab events which take place during four events at each site.

Lucky ticket holders will have the opportunity to view a wide range of aircraft and vehicles which aren’t usually opened to the public.

The event will allow you to get a feel for what it was like to fly or drive these much loved machines.

The aircraft available to view during this Open Cockpits event will include:

- Phantom
- Canberra
- Hucks Starter
- Vampire F3
- Merlin EH101
- Whirlwind
- Hunter
- Gloster Meteor F8
- Sopwith Snipe
- Jet Provost 5

Additional dates for the 2018 100 Cockpits and Cabs events are:
- Friday 27 April
- Friday 21 September
- Saturday 8 December

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission is by advance ticket only; tickets cost £13.50 per person (plus a 50p booking fee) with members tickets £10.00 per ticket (please note membership cards will need to be shown on entry to the event).

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=353

Little Swifts

Little Swifts

  • 19 July 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 11 September 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 27 September 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 9 October 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 18 October 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 13 November 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 29 November 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 11 December 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 20 December 2018 10:30-11:30am

Come and join our fun and lively sessions for pre-school children (aged 2-5 years)which include arts and crafts, games, stories and songs. Each session is linked to our amazing collection and helps bring our Museum to life.Little Swifts run the last Thursday of each month, in Aeronauts our gallery for children.

Tickets can be booked via the website www.rafmuseum.org.uk.
Pay at the Shop on arrival

To book a ticket for your session please follow the link: https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=353

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child. Adults go free.

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/little-swifts/

Cold War Experience Images

The Vulcan and Cold War Experience

  • 24 July 2018 10:15am-12:30pm

Our Vulcan, Phantom and Lightning are three of the Cold War’s most iconic aircraft. Between, them they tell a story of uncertainty and tension that loomed over the world for decades. Vulcan and Cold War ticket holders have special access to these mighty warriors:

- The cockpit of the Avro Vulcan B.2
- The pilot’s seat of the McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2
- A ground crew tour of the BAC Lightning F.6.

The Vulcan and Cold War Experience runs the last Tuesday of every month at the RAF Museum London. Time slots are available from 10.20am to 12.20am, one person per session.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £49.50. Please arrive at Museum Reception five minutes before your chosen time and head straight to the Vulcan. Our team of Aircraft Access Volunteers will take you through your experience. Each session will last between 45 minutes and an hour. Please ensure you have read our access terms and conditions below before your visit.

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/events/13392?catID=12167&

Family Festival of Flight at the RAF Museum

Family Festival of Flight

  • 21 — 22 July 2018 11am-4pm

11.00am - 4.00pm
Free
Take the paper plane challenge, follow the Squadron Dog family trail, perfect your drilling technique – and many more activities – at this free family festival. Includes family-friendly storytelling, and the chance to handle original and replica objects and to try on flight clothing.

More information coming soon.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/family-festival-of-flight2018/

Avro Lancaster at the RAF Museum

Superhero Cinema

  • 27 — 28 July 2018 3-6pm

Come and watch The Incredibles and Big Hero 6 underneath the Lancaster, one of our biggest Aircraft at the Museum which was once flown by RAF heroes. We want to see you all in superhero costumes! So, don’t forget your cape and utility belt.

The screening is relaxed so you can choose to camp on the floor with cushions and beanbags or sit on one of our chairs.

Tickets: £5.50 per person (child and adult)

The Incredibles
Friday 27 July, 3.00pm

Bob Parr (A.K.A. Mr. Incredible), and his wife Helen (A.K.A. Elastigirl), are the world's greatest famous crime-fighting superheroes in Metroville. Always saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they have no choice but to retire as superheroes to live a "normal life" with their three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (who were secretly born with superpowers). Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top-secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction.

Big Hero 6
Saturday 28 July, 3.00pm

When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, Neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6."

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/events/15862?catID=14070&

Feathers and Flight at the RAF Museum

Feathers and Flight

  • 10 — 11 August 2018 10am-6pm

The Eagle has pride of place on the Royal Air Force’s badge and is just one of many birds that inspire the RAF everyday! Join us for a fun Feathers and Flight Trail and an opportunity to get close to some feathery friends!

The Eagle has pride of place on the Royal Air Force’s badge and is just one of many birds that inspire the RAF everyday! Join us for a fun Feathers and Flight Trail and an opportunity to get close to some feathery friends!

Feathers and Flight Trail

Date: Friday 10 – Saturday 11 August 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Cost: £1

Families will need to be eagle-eyed as they walk through the museum to go in search of the answers to our trial.

The clues will be nestled among the aircraft on display and will highlight the close relationship between aircraft design and birds.

Look out for the ‘Feathers and Flight’ boards and jot down the answers on your trail sheet - once complete, why not enter our Facebook competition by colouring in the RAF badge on the reverse (which also features an Eagle), cut it out to create a badge and share a photo on our page to be in with a chance of winning a £20 gift voucher to spend in the RAF Museum Shop**. So, if you have any eagle-eyed youngsters in your family and want to take part, all you need to do is pick up your trail sheet from the Hangar One on arrival for just £1.

Birds of Prey
Date: Friday 10 - Saturday 11 August 2018
Time: Flying Display 1pm and 4pm
Cost: FREE

On Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August the Museum will have some feathered friends flying in to meet with visitors. An array of birds of prey including Hawks, Buzzards, Falcons, Owls and a Bald Eagle on site to meet with visitors.

The pop-up falconry will be positioned outdoors in our beautiful newly landscaped museum site. There will be two fantastic flying displays at 1pm and 4pm on both days, where the true beauty of the birds will come to life. Between these displays visitors will be able to get up close and meet the birds and learn more about their incredible capabilities, their daily routines and special diets as well as some of their quirky likes and dislikes.
Viewing the display and meeting the birds is completely FREE!


**Terms and Conditions:
1) The Feathers and Flight trail runs from 10-11 August. Entries received after this time will not be entered into the draw.
2) The winner will be picked at random on Monday 13 August 2018 by the Public Events Manager, RAF Museum London.
3) The winner will be informed via Direct Message on Facebook of their success by Wednesday 15 August 2018.
4) In order to ensure that the competition is deemed to be fair by entering this competition, the winner agrees that their name and town of residence will be published on the museum's website and will be used in any subsequent publicity.
5) The winner’s names will be posted on the museum Facebook Pages.
6) The prize will consist of 1 X £20 Gift Voucher to spend in the RAF Museum Shop. No cash alternatives available.
7) Judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
8) The competition is not open to Staff of the Royal Air Force Museum, Royal Air Force Museum Enterprises Ltd and staff of Kudos, or their family or friends

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/feathers-and-fligh/

Fast Jet Crafts at the RAF Museum

Fast Jet Crafts!

  • 22 — 24 August 2018

£2 per activity

Jet Rockets
It’s time for take-off with our jet rockets, make and decorate your own jets and see how far you can shoot them up into the air.
Suitable for 4+

Jet Kites
Learn how to make and decorate colourful jet kites before testing them outside and watching them soar through the wind in our fantastic newly landscaped green spaces.
Suitable for 4+

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

32 per activity

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/fast-jet-crafts/

Participants at previous Spitfire Runs

Spitfire Family Run

  • 1 September 2018 8:30-9am

A brand NEW run to accompany the Spitfire 10K will take-off from our fantastic London site on Saturday 1 September 2018!

Join us for this very special event, in a very special year and help raise funds for the RAF100 Appeal!


Attention! Kids, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, pilots and superheroes, it’s time for take-off!

Don your cape, dress up and race your way around our transformed museum site for the NEW Family fun run. Make your way around the central track, cheered on by your friends and family and zoom through the finish line to claim your exclusive medal! Remember – Fancy Dress is encouraged.

This gentle run will take place at 8.30am and will be approximately 1km in the transformed museum site.

Entry to the Museum is free of charge and runners, spectators and supporters are encouraged to explore the site on race day.

ENTRY DETAILS
Entry Fee

Standard entry (all ages): £5 (this includes a medal)

Each registered runner will receive a special medal upon completion. This race is suitable for all ages and is a distance of approximately 1K. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, that only paying participants will be awarded a medal.

All online entries include a 50p booking fee. To purchase your tickets online click here.

WHY SUPPORT US?
The Family Spitfire Fun Run will take place in both London and Cosford sites and will form part of a series of events taking place across the country celebrating and commemorating the history and achievements of the Royal Air Force and inspiring young people.
It is also an opportunity to raise vital funds for the RAF100 Appeal, which is a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and the four major RAF charities – the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Royal Air Force Museum. The aim of the Appeal is to raise money for the RAF family and to create a lasting legacy as we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force in 2018.

For more information on how you can raise money for the RAF100 Appeal, just download our fundraising pack here

DETAILS FOR THE DAY
The Spitfire Family Run will take place at 8.30 am before the Spitfire 10k at 9.00am.

On site facilities include: toilets, disabled parking, bag drop for runners, restaurant and Museum Shop (all of which will be open early).

We are only a short walk from Colindale tube, so why not arrive by public transport? For more information and advice on planning your visit click here

MORE INFORMATION
If you have a questions related to the event please contact the Events Manager by calling 0208 358 4972 or emailing us. you have a questions related to the Race please contact the Race Management Company by email.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event/2678229?catID=11529

Spitfire 10K 2018 at the RAF Museum

Spitfire 10K 2018

  • 1 September 2018 8:30am-12pm

The Spitfire 10K and a NEW Family Spitfire Run will take-off from our fantastic London site on Saturday 1 September 2018!

Join us for this very special event, in a very special year and help raise funds for the RAF100 Appeal!

This year we are offering 800 runners the opportunity to run a 10K on our historic airfield site. 2018 is a big year for the Royal Air Force and for the Museum. We have three new exhibitions and a beautiful landscaped site, evoking the London Aerodrome from 100 year ago. You will start under the Sunderland and run through the site and then continue around the streets of Colindale, before coming back on site to finish on our ‘taxiway’.

At the end of the race you will be awarded with an exclusive Spitfire 10K medal, which will be extra special for 2018 as this year will be the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

T-shirts can be ordered when you purchase your Spitfire 10K entry and will be available for collection on the day. The deadline to pre-order your t-shirt is Sunday 12 August 2018.

The 2018 design will be released in the next few months so watch this space.

Entry to the Museum is free of charge and runners, spectators and supporters are encouraged to explore the site on race day.

For 2018 we will also be holding a NEW Spitfire Family Run. This gentle run will take place around our transformed site. Each registered runner will receive a special medal upon completion. The race is suitable for all ages, but children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that only paying participants will be awarded a medal.

Entry Fee
SPITFIRE 10K
Standard entry fee: £22.50
Discounted entry fee: £20.50 (Members of UK Athletics affiliated clubs and Armed Forces Personnel)

All runners to be 15 years and older. Online entry includes a 50p booking fee.
Held under UK Athletic Rules. UKA Licence applied for.

SPITFIRE FAMILY FUN RUN
Standard entry (all ages): £5 (this includes a medal)

Online entries include a 50p booking fee.

To purchase your tickets online click here, or to download our postal entry form click here.

Why support us?
The Spitfire 10K will take place in both London and Cosford sites and will form part of a series of events taking place across the country celebrating and commemorating the history and achievements of the Royal Air Force and inspiring young people.

It is also an opportunity to raise vital funds for the RAF100 Appeal, which is a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and the four major RAF charities – the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Royal Air Force Museum. The aim of the Appeal is to raise money for the RAF family and to create a lasting legacy as we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force in 2018.

For more information on how you can raise money for the RAF100 Appeal, just download our fundraising pack here. Spitfire 10K 2018 Fundraising pack

Details for the day
The Spitfire 10K will take place at 9.00am on Saturday 1 September 2018. The Spitfire Family Run will take place before the main event at 8.30am.

On site facilities include: toilets, disabled parking, bag drop for runners, restaurant and Museum Shop (all of which will be open early).

We are only a short walk from Colindale tube, so why not arrive by public transport? For more information and advice on planning your visit click here

Dress in style
Why not do something different and do the Spitfire 10K in 1940s dress? Don your victory curls or flying jacket and run this event in style!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/spitfire-10k-2018/

Hendon Pageant

Hendon Pageant

  • 15 September 2018 10am-5pm

Join us for a nostalgic festival celebrating the style and charm of the Hendon Pageants of the 1930s which drew huge crowds to the Hendon aerodrome to watch static aircraft displays.

Harking back to the annual Hendon Pageants during the interwar years with their huge crowds and spectacular air shows, this family friendly vintage festival day will capture some of the magic of the past!

The festival will feature:

- Live vintage music
- Flypast
- A range of vintage fair stalls
- Swing dancing demonstrations and lessons
- Re-enactors
- Face painting
- Craft activities
- Giant lawn games

With something for the whole family, this is a day not to be missed!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/hendon-pageant/

100 Open Cockpits and Cabs at the RAF Museum

100 Open Cockpits and Cabs - 21 September

  • 21 September 2018 6-9pm

Date: Friday 21 September
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: £13.50 per person (plus a 50p booking fee), £10.00 for Museum Members

To celebrate the 100 years since the formation of the RAF, London and Cosford will be offering visitors the rare and exciting chance to get a closer look inside 100 cockpits and vehicles from our collection. These events will take place throughout the year at both sites, and we will open 10-15 aircraft or vehicles each time.
Purchase your tickets here

In London, we will be running 4 events throughout 2018; with each event focusing on a selection of different aircraft and vehicles. Some of the cockpits and cabs you will be able to step behind the scenes and peer inside using steps, on other occasions you might even be able to get access and sit inside. The event will allow you to get a feel for what it was like to fly or drive these much loved machines. A member of the Aircraft Access team will be next to each aircraft to share information and the stories of the people who flew them.

In total, there will be 50 cockpits and cabs opened in London this year. We will be releasing the list very soon, so please watch this space.

Please read our terms and conditions before purchasing tickets. Minimum age of 12 and a height restriction of 1.07 metres will apply for all of the events.

For more information about the event please download our FAQs sheet.

Tickets cost £13.50 per person (plus a 50p booking fee) with members tickets £10.00 per ticket (please note membership cards will need to be shown on entry to the event). To guarantee entry to the event please purchase your ticket in advance online.

The evening will commence at 6.00pm and finish at 9.00pm. The nearest tube to the Museum is Colindale, which is only a 10 minute walk away. If you are driving please note that parking charges are included in the ticket price. The Wessex Café will be open and serving a range of light bites and refreshments.

You can purchase our very special Log Book to keep track of the aircraft that you see throughout the year, for just £1! Why not try to get the whole 100!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/100-open-cockpits-and-cabs-september-2018/

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, London
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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