Imperial War Museum Duxford
Activity code: IWM
- See the most famous aircrafts, boats and vehicles in the world
- Climb onboard a Concorde
- Discover interactive exhibitions, films and objects about life in Duxford during the war
- Hear personal stories, try on uniforms and step inside epic aircrafts
- Explore the American Air Museum and learn about 9/11
Visit Imperial War Museum Duxford to discover the central role it played during the most dramatic days in 20th century history. Explore hangars, exhibitions, and Europe’s largest air museum, uncovering personal stories and hundreds of aircrafts, vehicles, boats and more.
Get up close to some of the most famous aircrafts in the world including the Avro Lancaster Mk.X — one of the most recognised allied bombers of WWII, the Concorde 101 and Vulcan. See the three caravans of one of Britain’s greatest military leaders, Field Marshal Bernard ‘Monty’ Montgomery, try on replica uniforms, and hear the stories of the thousands of men and women who lived and worked in Duxford through original films and objects.
Learn more about Duxford’s role in the Battle of Britain — the aerial campaign of 1940 — by entering the hanger used by the fighter squadrons. You’ll also experience the atmosphere of the Operations Room with an audio-visual recreation of the most climatic day of the battle.
Step into the American Air Museum to discover how two nations united through war, loss, love and duty. See incredible original aircrafts including the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the world’s fastest and highest flying air-breathing manned aircraft and the only one on display outside of the States. Explore interactive displays and hear epic stories from Duke Boswell, who jumped out of a C-47 transport aircraft on D-Day, and Huie Lamb, a fighter pilot forced to ditch his P-51 Mustang in the North Sea. What’s more, the museum houses steelwork from the external walls of the World Trade Center and a flight tracker display of the morning of 9/11.
The Land Warfare exhibition showcases artillery pieces, tanks, trucks and other military vehicles, whereas in the Air and Sea exhibition, you’ll journey from WWI to the present day. See naval aircrafts and boats such as the most successful Japanese fighter aircraft, the A6M Zero, and the aircraft it would have flown against, the Grumman TBM-3 Avenger.
- Lockers and luggage storage is unavailable — personal belongings must remain with you at all times.
- Guide dogs and registered assistance dogs are welcome.
- Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available for loan, free of charge. Please telephone 01223497240 to check availability.