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Family playing interactively at Royal Air Force Museum.
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Display of RAF planes.

RAF Museum

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Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

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  • The new interactive galleries at the RAF Museum London immerse visitors in the rich and interesting history of the Royal Air Force in new and exciting ways.
  • Explore the different hangars to discover the impressive aircraft models and the stories of the people who flew them.
  • Keep an eye out for the exciting events and temporary exhibitions that take place here throughout the year.


If you're looking for an interesting place to take the kids, check out the Royal Air Force Museum in London. Discover the origins behind the powerful regiment, stories of the brave pilots as well as the making of some of the iconic planes used in this powerful battalion. With three brand-new gallery spaces, a huge collection of aircraft models as well as temporary exhibitions and fun family events, there is so much to see and do at this aircraft museum that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Explore the past, present and future of the RAF in Hangar 1. Here visitors can find two interactive exhibitions, the first is RAF Stories: The First Hundred Years 1918-2018, and the second is the RAF First to The Future display. Combined, these exhibitions take the visitor through a timeline from the establishment of the Air Force to speculations of how it will adapt in the future. It holds genuine artefacts like records, personal journals of some of the pilots, maps and more. Children will especially enjoy the interactive elements found within these displays such as getting to try on an RAF uniform, taking part in the flight simulations and much more. 

Hangar 2 is home to the First War in the Air exhibition. Here visitors can walk through displays of aircraft models that were used in World War I as well as learning about the stories of pilots that flew them. It is a truly fascinating exhibition that gives the public a deeper insight into the 'eyes in the sky' which were essential to Britain’s war strategy.

There is much more to see in this airplane museum. In Hangars 3, 4 and 5 there are a number of exhibitions that take visitors through the RAF’s role in wars throughout time, with a special focus on World War II. Here you can find an extensive collection of British World War II planes, bombers, helicopters and more. Key models include the de Havilland Mosquito, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk1, the Hawker Hurricane and much much more. The themes in these hangars range from the stories of the Battle of Britain, partnerships with the other Ally countries and the Wings Over Water display. Children and adults alike will love seeing the impressive models and learning about the fascinating backstories behind them.

The RAF Museum London also holds a lovely wide open outdoor space called the Airfield. It is the perfect place to decompress and relax after an afternoon of learning and culture. Here children can play in the aircraft-themed playgrounds, run around in the vast green area and lay out on the parachute bean bags. It’s a great way for them to let out some energy while parents take a few minutes to unwind. 

As well as the permanent displays, the RAF Museum also holds a number of fascinating temporary exhibitions throughout the year. These shows are brilliant for getting a new perspective on the history of the RAF as well as focusing on specific areas of the wars that visitors may have not known about previously. Temporary exhibitions have included art exhibitions such as In Air and Fire, a collection of artists responses to the Battle of Britain. There are also regularly scheduled talks and lectures that discuss everything from the development of British air defence to the downfall of the Concord.

The RAF Museum also holds a lot of fun family events throughout the year that cater to children of all ages. From fun photography workshops that allow visitors to get a new perspective on the aircraft on display to the Little Swifts afternoons dedicated to children under the age of 5, there is something here for everyone in the family to enjoy. 

If you're heading into central London with your engineering-mad kids, why not check out the London Transport Museum?

What to know before you go 

  • The RAF Museum in London is open every day from 10am - 5pm with last entries at 3.30pm.
  • There are two places to get food and drink from at the RAF Museum. The Hangar 1 Cafe serves light snacks all day long. Claude’s Cafe is located within the heritage building and serves hot and cold refreshments until 4.30pm..
  • There are also picnic tables in the outdoor area of the museum for those who prefer to bring a packed lunch.
  • The Museum Shop sells a wide variety of souvenirs for visitors to pick up during their visit. There is also a click and collect service available from the online shop.
  • There are toilets, including wheelchair accessible toilets, and baby changing facilities located in many places within the museum grounds.
  • The RAF Museum London is wheelchair accessible with step-free access to all areas of the museum. There is also a wheelchair borrowing service which visitors can use for no extra cost.
  • There are quiet rooms, audio handsets and large print guides available for visitors who may need to use them.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome to the museum.

How to get there

  • The RAF Museum in London is located in Colindale.
  • The closest Tube station is Colindale (Northern Line), which is about a 10-minute walk away from the museum.
  • The nearest rail station is Mill Hill Broadway, serviced by Luton, King’s Cross and Thameslink Line. It is around a 20-minute walk away from the museum.
  • The bus route 303 has a stop just outside the entrance to the museum.
  • There is a car park on site which visitors can avail of for an extra charge. Please note that on school holidays and weekends the car park tends to fill up quickly and you may be expected to find parking elsewhere.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

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