About Us

The Royal Air Force Museum’s purpose is to tell the story of the RAF through its people and collections.

Established in 1968 as the landmark legacy of the RAF’s 50th anniversary, the award-winning RAF Museum is a National Museum with two public sites at Colindale, North-West London and Cosford in the West Midlands. Each site offers a unique experience for visitors while encompassing the whole RAF story. 

The Museum is a place of storytelling and sharing. Our RAF stories include those of serving personnel, veterans, cadets and reserves. They explore our rich collections of technological innovations, archive documents, personal items and the heritage of our sites. The stories come from times of war and keeping the peace, from at home and abroad. They may be about courage, fear, love, loss or laughter. Visitors are encouraged to discover these stories throughout our exhibitions, across our sites and online – and perhaps contribute their own.

  • For our visitors, we make our collections and the RAF story relevant and stimulating.
  • For current and former RAF personnel and their families, we preserve, honour and share the stories of their service.
  • For our nation, we help people to understand the impact of the RAF in the world.
Our vision is to ensure that the Royal Air Force's story endures and enriches future generations.