Autumn 2019 Family Days Out at The Museum
We are open each day from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Enjoy free parking on site as you explore the museum. Full details of admission prices and family tickets at this link right here. And don't forget we're dog friendly!
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Summertime at the Museum
August 6 - August 7
There are lots of things happening each day here at the Museum this summer, here’s some more details to help you plan your visit.
School holidays are always a busy time for families and here at the Museum it’s no different. Finding things to keep the whole family happy and entertained for a day out can be difficult to achieve. Many visitors to the Museum are surprised at the diverse things to do and they often comment that we are more than just an air museum. So here’s our guide for this half term that gives some great tips on getting the most from your visit to our parkland location, here at the former RAF Elvington WW2 airbase.
Pay once, return for free. Did you know that as part of the Gift Aid scheme we operate, you can return to the Museum again throughout the summer for free*? (*except on Thunder Day which is a ticketed event).
Park for Free. Unlike the City Centre of York, which can be difficult to access and often needs Park and Ride or car parking charges, here we have ample parking. And if you’ve brought a picnic or all of the other things that young children need to bring along on days out, then your car is only a short stroll away and easy to access throughout the day.
We’re Dog Friendly. Well behaved dogs are welcome here at the Museum, the only areas they’re not allowed are the NAAFI Restaurant and the shop.
Pick up your Future Pilots Trail and Summer of Space Trails, two great ways to explore the Museum. Use our Future Pilots Trail to discover the Museum and earn your wings. Be sure to collect your Future Pilot Qualification Sticker.
This year is 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing. Use our Summer of Space trail to discover the amazing links between the Museum’s aircraft and man’s quest to land on the moon.
Explore a Cockpit in the Air Power Zone, Daily, HP Hangar, Building 19. Our Canberra Bomber cockpit is exactly how the aircraft was configured in active service. Alongside the Canberra, we have a Jet Provost cockpit and a Handley Page Herald airliner, giving you a chance to experience the environment that trainee fighter pilots learned their trade in and view the flight deck of a vintage 1950’s airliner.
Put on a flying suit from our dress-up station and climb inside one of the cockpits for a souvenir picture!
Watch out for our collection of air power weapons, including the impressive nuclear bomb and the Russian Shilka anti aircraft vehicle while you’re there.
Meet Our Mirage IV. Our Mirage IV nuclear jet arrived in March 2017 and has become a firm favourite with Museum visitors. The Mirage was a gift to the Museum from the French Air Force in recognition of the special relationship enjoyed by the people of the City of York and the French airmen who escaped from occupied France lived and served alongside the Royal Air Force in WW2. Visitors can walk beneath the nose of this amazingly beautiful Cold War Jet and compare her to Halifax Friday the 13th alongside. Read more about the Mirage IV project here.
Explore the Aircraft Collection. Daily, around the Museum. With over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles, our collections span the entire history of flight from the early pioneers of aviation through both world wars and on through the Cold War era. Our collection of Cold War Jets is always very popular, while we have a very diverse range of World War Two aircraft too.
Explore the Dakota, T2 Hangar or outside. Climb aboard our C47 Dakota, one of the world’s most famous military transport aircraft used by the Allies during WWII. Most days the big doors used for loading cargo or dispensing paratroopers are open for visitors to climb inside and experience that steeply inclined floor up to the old cockpit.
Visit the Radio Room Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Radio Room, Building 12 Here we have a whole range of authentic, fully working period radios carefully tended to by our expert volunteer team. Learn more about these devices, take a look at our Special Operations Executive (SOE) radio concealed inside a suitcase and learn how to spell your name in Morse Code.
Visit our Astra Cinema. The Museum’s own cinema shows a collection of period films and short documentaries that explain the sacrifices of the people that were based here at RAF Elvington in wartime, both No 77 RAF Squadron and the two French Squadrons that followed. A great location to rest your legs and learn a little more about this historic Yorkshire airbase.
Air Gunnery Simulator. Daily, Air Gunners, Building 3. Be a ‘tail-end’ Charlie. Have a go at our air gunnery simulator*. Your aircraft is attacked by six Me110 twin-engine fighters and you have a magazine of 57 rounds to defend yourself!
*a £1 charge applies.
Who was Amy Johnson? Daily, Building 20. 75 years after her death, learn about local aviation heroine Amy Johnson and listen to a recording of her talking about her Gypsy Moth biplane ‘Jason’ upon arriving in Australia in 1930 after flying 11,000 miles on her own. While you’re there, you can also have a go at designing your own aircraft on our design simulator.
Terror from the sky, Daily, Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins Building 4 Find out how the Zeppelin was born, how big it was, what made it fly and what is was originally used for. Learn about England’s response to the new threat of air raids in World War One.
Food and snacks in our NAAFI Restaurant The Museum’s NAAFI style restaurant is the perfect location for a break and to enjoy some food. Choose from our range of full meals or enjoy a slice of huge cake and a coffee.