IWM Duxford aerial shot
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Explore the former RAF fighter station that was used during both the First and Second World Wars. IWM Duxford is home to an impressive collection of over two hundred aircraft as well as tanks, military vehicles and maritime craft.

  • Suitable for: Ages 7+ (Key stage 2 and above)
  • Accessibility: Most of IWM Duxford is accessible to visitors– for more information see Accessibility
  • Duration: An average school visit is approximately 3-4 hours
  • Cost: please see tickets and prices pages for Schools and Groups

IWM Duxford is undergoing lots of exciting changes in the coming months. As a result, some spaces will be temporarily closed and some items will be moved to new spaces. Keep an eye on our webpages and for up to date information on What's Here ahead of your visit and our Meet & Greet volunteers will also be happy to help you on the day.

What to see

As part of your visit you can explore:

  • AirSpace - Highlights changes in design, technology and materials in aircraft construction and has a good selection of First and Second World War aeroplanes, post war jets, civilian aircraft and other forms of transport.
  • Battle of Britain - See exhibitions linked to the air defence of Britain from the First World War to the Cold War. With a special focus on the Battle of Britain in particular.
  • 1940 Operations Room - Visit the historic Operations Block, Duxford's nerve centre during the Battle of Britain, explore the vital role of this building and the personal stories of the men and women who worked here during the aerial campaign of 1940. For schools wishing to visit the Operations Room as part of their visit, please be advised that capacity in this space is limited.
  • Land Warfare -  Wander through themed landscapes to discover how fighting on the land has changed from the First World War through to modern conflicts, a great place for looking at mechanisms and transport. Also features the Royal Anglian Regiment Museum.
  • American Air Museum  – the American Air Museum is a great place to support learning on Superpower Relations and Cold War, including Vietnam. The collection is also fantastic for those studying STEM subjects.
  • Conservation in Action - Chat to the team in our Conservation in Action hangar working to safeguard the history of our large museum objects, find out how we protect our objects for future generations to experience and enjoy. See our updated engine display with photos and film footage. Recommended for those studying STEM subjects.

For further information visit our What to See page

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Inside the American Air Museum
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De Havilland Sea Vixen
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IWM Duxford Showcase
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School visits to IWM Duxford

Walk through the same hangars and buildings as those who served at RAF Duxford. See aircraft take to the skies from the airfield that Spitfires first flew. And get up close to over a century of aviation with hundreds of aircraft and objects on display.