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RAF Museum

KidRated’s Royal Air Force Museum Top Tips:


  • Bring £3 for the flight simulator or £4 for the 4D Theatre
  • Allow for plenty of time in the Aeronauts interactive gallery
  • The RAF museum has an autism-friendly trail which is FREE to download before your arrival

Dedicated to the history of aviation and the RAF, the Royal Air Force Museum has over 100 aircraft on display and houses its very own 4D aviation theatre!


In the Milestones of Flight room, glide through the history of aviation from the first-ever flight to today’s BA-style jet planes.


The Historic Hangers Hall displays a range of aircraft. Kids can get hands-on in Aeronauts, the interactive science gallery which gives you the chance to test out low-level helicopter hanging and your reaction times.


Don’t forget to try the full-motion flight simulator whose recreation of riding in a Eurofighter will give you the flight of your life!


Brush up on your Battle of Britain facts and let your kids be enthralled by the vast range of fighter jets. You can also learn more about all the great men and women who to this day serve in the Royal Air Force.


Discover more about the changing roles of the air force in the museum’s permanent exhibition, ‘The First World War in the Air’. This includes many personal artefacts such as medals, letters and uniforms alongside a collection of First World War aircraft.

Booking Advice:

  • Admission is FREE
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children must be 4 or over for the 4D Theatre



Grahame Park Way
Colindale, Barnet

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 8205 2266


How to get there:

Tube: Colindale
SatNav Users: please use postcode NW9 5QW.
A small parking charge applies.

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Teen Verdict

Family days out, attractions and things to do in London and beyond for kids, older kids and teenagers rated by kids and teens with KidRated


Such a cool museum. It’s not often you get to see unclose such huge pieces of machinery. I loved trying the simulator and learning more about the RAF. I also didn’t know much about the origins of aviation so I really enjoyed learning more about the first fight and how everything has evolved over the years to where we are today. Would recommend to families with teens and teens that love aviation.

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • When I first visited I thought 3 hours would be more than enough but I’d definitely recommend getting the 3-6 hours parking ticket as you’ll need longer.
  • This museum is fantastic for kids as the exhibits are so big and exciting.
  • The Aeronauts gallery is really cool and you’re bound to spend ages there.
  • There are always extra activities for families in school holidays but it can get really busy.

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  1. Dan (14)

    Spent an hour on the Tube to get there, only to be told U16’s weren’t allowed in unaccompanied. Says this nowhere on the website. Staff also rude when asked why.

  2. Olida R

    Awesome! My daughter really like the half term knitting activity, but my son didn’t enjoy the queues.

  3. Rhian

    Lots of information so you can learn a great deal. If you like the RAF Museum, I’d recommend the Gun Powder Museum.

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