Any groups with an interest in science and technology, especially aerospace, will find a compelling day out waiting for them at these two premier British museums.
ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM
The Royal Air Force Museum handily occupies two different sites, so whether you are coming from the north or south your group will have an option that suits. Cosford in Shropshire and Hendon in London both have a public RAF site with a museum packed with interactive displays, jaw-dropping exhibitions, simulator rides and 4D theatre. These museums tell the story of aviation through a unique blend of education and entertainment and offer groups a wonderful free day out, suitable for children as well as adults. Featuring a world-class display of aircraft, engines and missiles as well as the displays and hands-on exhibitions, the museums also focus on the people who made it possible – from daredevil early aviators, through wartime heroes, to the thousands of service men and women whose contributions have shaped our world.
Both sites have a programme of events and special exhibitions throughout the year. Entry is free, with plenty of free parking for coaches with advance booking, although visitors to Cosford can also fly in on weekdays with prior permission! Both museums also have a restaurant and can offer pre-booked group dining for discounted prices – and vouchers for drivers.
Hendon Telephone: 020 8205 2266
Cosford Telephone: 0870 606 2027
If your group’s interest in aviation extends into space technology and beyond, the Science Museum is home to over 15,000 intriguing items from the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine. The ‘Exploring Space’ gallery is filled with rockets, satellites and spacesuits and a simulator takes visitors on a flight to the moon – with an alternative simulator offering the thrill of flying a Red Arrow. Closer to home, ‘Making the Modern World’ explores some of the most significant objects that have shaped our lives. Younger visitors will enjoy getting hands-on in the popular ‘Launchpad’ gallery which has over 50 interactive exhibits, plus electrifying shows and demonstrations. The world’s first complete bionic man is currently on display in the ‘Who Am I?’ gallery until the summer. The Science Museum has a changing calendar of insightful exhibitions on historic and contemporary science, as well as a programme of science-themed events throughout the year. With something for groups of all ages and free entry, there is definitely scope for more than one day out to fully explore all it has to offer. There are lots of free tours available, which guide visitors round the museum’s most iconic galleries to hear some of the stories behind the objects. Great onsite facilities include a number of cafes selling hot and cold refreshments and an extensive shop selling a wide range of science-inspired gifts and souvenirs.
Telehpone: 0870 870 4868