Air Force Museum of New Zealand

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You don't have to be an aviation enthusiast to visit the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. It's true that the historic aircraft on display are stunning in their own right, but what truly engages many are the personal stories and artefacts of the 'people behind the planes' - the men and women who have helped shape New Zealand's military aviation journey. There are also plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the Air Force Museum experience. Climb inside a jet cockpit or scale replica C-130 Hercules cabin, while exploring the diverse collection at your own pace. If you're visiting with kids, pick up a Museum Hunt from the Welcome Desk - they're a great way for families to explore the Museum together. Don't miss the ‘Captured’ exhibition, which explores the story of Kiwi airmen captured and imprisoned in enemy-occupied Europe during World War Two. This interactive space will engage visitors of all ages - make sure you bring your camera to take your own Prisoner of War (POW) mug shot! To get the most out of your visit, take one of the free guided tours to learn more about the Museum's work 'behind the scenes' and discover the additional aircraft, vehicles and engines in the reserve collection. Finally, no visit would be complete without taking a flight in the "Mosquito Mission" simulator. Get your ticket from the Welcome Desk and take the controls on one of two thrilling mission options. Location: 45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch Price: FREE Admission - activity charges may apply Opening Hours: Daily (except Christmas Day), 10.00am - 5.00pm. Website: Phone: (03) 343 9532

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Hours of Operation:
Open daily, 10.00am-5.00pm (except Christmas Day). Free Entry.

Getting Here:
We are an easy 15 minute drive from the central city and Christchurch International Airport, or a short bus ride (see the Metro bus website for timetables and fares:

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  • 03 343 9533
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Air Force Museum of New Zealand
45 Harvard Avenue
New Zealand
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