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The Royal Air Force Museum London

Grahame Park Way | Colindale, London NW9 5LL, England
+44 20 8205 2266
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Ranked #19 of 1,045 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Military Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: If you're searching for something different why not take off to Colindale and navigate your way through the history of aviation from the earliest... more » Owner description: If you're searching for something different why not take off to Colindale and navigate your way through the history of aviation from the earliest balloon flight to the latest Eurofighter? This world-class collection of over 100 aircraft, aviation and wartime memorabilia offers a fun day out for all the family. Don't forget to visit our awe inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain. Better yet admission to the museum is free of charge. The Museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Throughout February we will be displaying 3 great free exhibitions throughout the month and opening a further two in the latter half of the month. Our latest art exhibition 'Airfix : Making History' is in the Museum's Art Gallery where we focus upon an often overlooked part of the Airfix experience - the fantastic paintings that were used to promote Airfix's Kits. Over 30 examples of artwork from Airfix's early days to the modern day will be on display together with original models from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, in the Museum's Art Gallery - located on the 1st Floor of Conference Reception. ' Pilots of the Caribbean : Volunteers of African Heritage in the Royal Air Force' can be found in the Museum's Sydney Camm Area directly opposite our Lancaster. In this exhibition, we look at the contribution that black service personnel have made to the development of the Royal Air Force, whilst highlight the RAF's success in embracing cultural diversity also lead to the rich cosmopolitan nature of modern Britain. 'Royal Air Force Photographer of The Year' is currently on show in our Milestones of Flight Gallery until Easter. In this exhibition we display behind the scenes imagery of Service Personnel at work, rest and play and show those images that have been chosen by a panel of professional photographers to give added insight into the world of the RAF. Of our 2 new exhibitions, we will be opening 'Aerofilms : Britain from Above' on 22nd of February and unveiling an exhibition about the progress of the Dornier Do17 on 28th. In 'Aerofilms : Britain From Above', which has been curated by English Heritage, we explore the work of Aerofilms Ltd, the company who mapped Great Britain from the air marrying the technology of flight with the discipline of photography, in the process developing 'Brand Britain'. The exhibition covers the period 1919 to 1953 and displays some of the 95,000 images that Englsh Heritage are currently in the process of digitising for public display as well as the equipment used by the company to turn their photographs into usable maps. At our Dornier Do17 exhibition unveiling on 28th, visitors are invited to meet with the team that successfully raised the Dornier Do17 from the Dover Straits, and, should they wish to also clean some of the smaller components retrieved from the aircraft under the supervision of members of the team. The unveiling will commence at 11 am and members of the team will be present to answer and questions from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm. Cleaning sessions will operate at the same time. Other events taking place in February include our Knit For Britain From Above craft sessions which will run from 17th to 21st of February when we will be attempting to cover one of our aircraft, de Havilland 9b in knitting. At the same time, from 17th to 23rd of February we will be running Airfix Make and Takes sessions, when for a very affordable £2 per kit you can make your own 1:72 scale Sopwith Camel or Albatros. Make and Takes will run from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4 pm. Both of these activities are suitable for visitors aged 5 and above. « less
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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I cannot believe this AMAZING museum is free. Absolutely free. Buy the guidebook for about 4 quid, its a useful companion as there is so much to see and take in! If you have any kind of interest in aircraft or the Royal Air Force, you will love every minute you spend here.

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Assen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a great museum with an awesome collection, mostly WWII aircraft, although quite a few modern machines as well and a nice collection of biplanes.

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Edgware, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is an excellent free days out for anyone, singles, couples, families with children or groups. The museum is vast, clean and choc full of a fantastic array of aircraft from all over the world from WW1 to recent times. This is a must see if you are in the area.

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Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Good visual displays, not to much reading to do. Well set out had a very interesting day there. Easy to get to by train only a 10 minute walk from the train station. Friendly & helpful staff

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Visited for 2 hours and still ran out of time ! Wife and daughter not interested in aviation but both impressed by the museum and want to return to see what we missed. Quality of the halls and exhibits was excellent. The timeline display is fascinating,worth returning just to see that again. Definitely worth a visit and it's free entry... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Goes all the way back to Churchil's air force. WW 2 stuff can be found here as well. Best thing was- no admission charge!

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Strasbourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I really enjoyed the way the musuem makes you feel during the Blitz, and when London was bombed every night.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Educational and lots of see and explore. A great reminder of the past and all ages love coming here. Free and great day to spend wet day, take your own food as cafe is grim.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is a must-go museum for everyone that likes technology, because it displays a lot of different aircraft, from the early ones till the most recent. Fulfilled my wish to get to know some famous fighters and was quite impressed by the size of some bombers and helicopters. People often skip this museum because it is not in central London,... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Excellent day out for the whole family. Educational and interesting. We spent about 5 hours walking around. My daughter who is 4 years old did not get bored at all and had a great day out. Overall I was very impressed with the place. The only down side is the restaurant. We ate lunch here. I walked over to get... More

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