IWM Duxford is Europe’s largest air museum. 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. Get up close to over a century of aviation.
Opening Times
10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Please book in advance.
December exclusions: Closed Thu 24 – Sat 26 Dec. Open Mon 28 - Tue 29 Dec.
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We look forward to welcoming you when we reopen on Thursday 3 December.

In the meantime, you can plan your visit by discovering what’s here to explore at IWM Duxford, connect with our collections by searching our stories online and learn from home.

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY

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YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY

We have made a number of changes to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. All of these new measures are constantly monitored and updated in line with government guidance.

We have limited our daily capacity, to give you even more space to explore the museum. We recommend that you pre-book a timed-ticket before you arrive. 

For full details on all the changes we’ve made see our FAQs. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Help Us Keep You Safe

  • Book in advance

    We will be limiting the number of visitors to each of our museums so that physical distancing can be observed. We recommend that visitors book a time slot in advance for entry and it is possible that queuing will be required to enter the busier parts of our museums.

    We will be very grateful for your patience and understanding where this is required.

  • Social distancing

    In response to Government advice issued 9 September, visitors must follow the limits on the number of other people you are now legally able to meet as a group.

     

    Visitors are required to wear masks in line with government guidelines unless there is a legitimate reason not to do so.

     

    Help us to keep you safe by adhering to the government recommendations on physical distancing. Where possible, please keep 2m apart from other visitors who are not in your household or support bubble.

  • Extra safety measures

    Hand washing/hand sanitising points will be set up throughout the museum to ensure visitors can wash and sanitise their hands regularly.

     

    We will be increasing the amount of cleaning that we do, especially in busy visitor areas, with special attention to stair handrails, doors, lifts, toilets areas, and any interactive gallery points.

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As a charity, now more than ever IWM needs your support to ensure we can continue to tell personal stories and experiences of conflict for current and future generations to come. 

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Battle of Britain 80

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Battle of Britain 80

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Facilities

  • Shopping at IWM Duxford

    Our shop will be open and customers will be free to browse products as normal. We ask that customers use a hand sanitisation station before and after doing so. We will not be able to accept cash, but you can still pay by card.

     

    Our shops offer a wide range of inspiring and unique gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homeware, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell. Shop in branch or online using the link below.

  • Eating and Drinking

    In light of the Coronavirus pandemic we have had to make some changes to the food offer at IWM Duxford. The Armoury café which is located next to the visitor centre will be open for snacks and refreshments, with limited indoor seating and a takeaway service. The Workshop Restaurant and the American Café will remain closed until further notice. Light refreshments will be available to buy from the Museum shop.

  • Donations

    IWM is a registered charity and relies on your support to help us preserve our unique collections for future generations. To help us preserve our collections you can donate cash or make a quick and easy contactless donation with a credit or debit card by tapping it at various locations around the museums. Alternatively you can donate online now on the link below. Thank you for supporting IWM.

  • Filming and photography

    You are welcome to take photos and video at our museums for personal, non-commercial use but please refrain from using flash or tripods in our hangars and historic buildings. Our museums can get busy at times and we therefore ask that you do not film people without their permission. Please observe signage indicating where photography and filming is not permitted.  

     

  • Information for pilots

    IWM Duxford operates a live airfield which is strictly ‘Prior Permission Required’ (PPR) by telephone. For more information regarding landing at IWM Duxford including opening hours and landing fees, please see the information provided on the link below.  

  • Lockers and luggage

    We are unable to store items of luggage or motorbike helmets and clothing. Please keep all of your belonging with you at all times and report any suspicious items to a member of staff.

  • Safety at IWM

    Please take a moment to read through our Coronavirus FAQs.

     

    The safety of our visitors and staff and the preservation of our collections are of the upmost importance to IWM. We therefore kindly ask that you allow sufficient time on entry to our museums for our staff to complete their security checks to ensure this is maintained. Please do not bring any prohibited items with you as they will be confiscated. If you see any unattended bags or packages or have concerns about security issues on your visit please report this to a member of staff.  

  • Visitor Map

    To help you plan your visit in advance, please see the below link where you can download a copy of the site map.

  • Cash Machines

    Please be aware that there are no cash machines on site. All our cafés, shops and ticketing desks accept card payments. Our flight simulator requires cash.