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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 #23 of 1,084 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This type of museum may not be everyone's cup of tea but it is well worth a visit. It gives a good insight into the evolution of planes and is quite fascinating. My wife has no interest in aviation but she thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well laid out and never feels crowded. The facilities are adequate although the gents... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My partner is involved in aviation so this was a must visit for us. We found it easy to find from the tube station although it is a little away from the station itself. I really thought I would be a little bored by it but found it really interesting and very well put together. The different presentation methods keep... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The RAF museum won't be particularly convenient for many visitors to London. You need to commit about an hour by underground and walking to get there. Once you exit the station, it's about a 10 minute easy walk. Don't let the time commitment dissuade you - the museum is one of the best of its kind I have ever visited.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Plenty to see for everyone ... my partner is seriously interested in but I also enjoyed looking around the museum ... lots to see with amazing original planes etc

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I recently attended the RAF Museum at Hendon and it was my first visit. I travelled by car from the north on the A1. The website suggested a postcode for Sat Nav which was helpful but had I not had one, I would have got hopelessly lost. There are no signs on the road to guide you to the attraction.... More

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RAFMuseum, Marketing Manager at The Royal Air Force Museum London, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have read it and taken on board the comments that you have made. As an organisation we are very conscious of how important it is that visitors travelling to us reach us quickly and efficiently. Accordingly, we have invested in an additional 15 AA signs to direct members of the public to the Museum... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What can I say, absolutely awesome. I went with my son expecting it to be OK at best due to it being free! But it was amazing. How they can provide such a big display of aircraft and no cost is beyond me. Well worth a visit.

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have never visited the Museum before and all I can say is that I was disappointed and it is as well that entry is free. Overall the exhibits are well displayed, beautifully preserved, interesting and, obviously, relevant to the 100+ years of the RAF's existence. However,on the Balcony of the Bomber gallery there were five briefing screens, all labeled... More

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RAFMuseum, Public Relations Manager at The Royal Air Force Museum London, responded to this review

Thank you for your review which has been posted by Tripadvisor. We are sorry that you found your overall experience disappointing particularly as you state in your review that overall our 'exhibits are well displayed, beautifully preserved, and interesting'. However, we would like to answer a couple of the comments made in your review for the purposes of clarity. Our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Excellent museum. We planned a quick visit but spent most of the day there. Fantastic collection of aircraft and very well displayed. Well worth the visit. A little hard to access without a car or taxi but the tube station can be reached by bus. Look forward to returning one day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I have been to many Air Shows and Air Museums and apart from the Smithsonian in Washington DC this would be the next biggest display of Aircraft I have ever seen. From simulators to actual films to getting up close and personal with a variety of craft is mind blowing. A MUST SEE if in London. Be prepared to spend... More

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I expected to spend a couple of hours there but my friend and I stayed until almost closing time. There is so much to see and the exhibits are set out in such an intelligent way. Great for 'anoraks', families and even those without a passion for flight. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Location is excellent - easy... More

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