Museums in London, which to choose?

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  1. Marcel

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    I'm going to London next week and I noticed that there are at least 2 museums displaying warbirds: Duxford Imperial war museum and the RAF museum. I've only got time to visit one of them, so which to choose?
     
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    Yes we all love aviation but try to squeeze in The British Museum...

    How can u pass up seeing the Rosetta Stone!?!


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    Yes that's one reason I'll have to choose between the other 2. The wife is coming along and she doesn't only want to look at WW@ planes :D
     
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    Duxford is well outside London so unless you have a car its not really viable. Hendon is out a little, you can get there using public transport but its not easy.
    The Imperial War Museum is probably your best bet but the emphasis is of course on war.
    The Science Museum has a small gallery of aircraft but covers other aspects and is always a good visit plus its in the centre of London with lots of things to do for the family.
     
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    Duxford is cool, but it is a way out, so for more general interest I have to say the Science Museum or Natural History Museum... but damn! how to choose? the Victoria and Albert is pretty great too.. so is Tate Modern if you like art...

    Your best bet is just to hit Exhibition Road and you will be set for the day:

    Exhibition Road - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Hendon is easy enough to get to on the tube (can't remember the stop but it isn't more than a 10 minute walk to Hendon). As everyone else has said Duxford is a little way out of town (at least an hours drive). Of the two I would say go to Hendon as it is easier to get to but both are good museums (on top of the British Museum and the IWM, HMS Belfast is also an interesting visit).
     
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    Okay, thanks for the advice, guys. I'll be leaving for London tomorrow, taking the nightboat. I'll see you in a week or so.
     
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    I would love to see the Black Museum, but it's not open to the public. :(
     
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    This link is to my post on the Imperial War Museum Marcel
    Only a few aircraft there as it covers the whole conflict not just aviation.
    The Science Museum has a bigger display of aircraft but it covers all aviation and is still not vast but it has several racks of piston jet engines.
    The Natural History The British Museum are all close by but the British Museum is so big you could spend ages in their and not see it all
    Ive never been to the RAF museum.

    http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/personal-gallery/visit-imperial-war-museum-london-2572.html
     
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    I've had a wonderfull time in London, great city! Of the museums you mentioned, I've visited quite a lot. For aviation we went to Hendon which was easy to go to, the underground station near it is Colindale, by the way. Great museum, one of the guards there even let me get close to some of the planes, within the boundaries.

    And for Comiso I've here a photo of Rosetta Stone, which I took myself.
     

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    Glad you had a good time. Post some other pics you took.
     
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    I will, although they are not all of the best of quality, for I only had a digital pocket camera with me.
     
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    trackend: 'I've never been to the RAF museum'
    What!? It's easy enough surely - head for the Northern line - say at Kings Cross, get off at Colindale (make sure you head for Edgware not High Barnet)!

    Glad to see marcel enjoyed himself there.

    I have been to Hendon, HMS Belfast IWM - and I live in Cardiff!
     
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    FANTASTIC!

    How many items can u name that are more impressive then the Rosetta Stone? NOT MANY!!!

    Truly a world class treasure... thanks for the photo!


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    Done all three and I live a fair way north of the border ;) (actually been to the IWM about 4 times now).
     
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    It is impressive, but too bad that everybody thinks that as it was way to crowded at the place to get a good picture of it.
    You can have the whole size picture if you want (and if I can find a way to send it to you).
     
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