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Open Daily 10am to 5pm

80 Years in 80 Stories


See the exhibition that was officially launched, and viewed by thousands, at the RNZAF’s 80th Anniversary Air Tattoo at Ohakea.


On display throughout the Museum until July 2017.


193 - AFM - 26 April '17


This landmark project has been created to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). In its entirety, it features a diverse selection of 80 individuals, as a representation of the many thousands who have served with the RNZAF throughout its history.

Each figure has been selected to give a personal insight into the many different elements of our Air Force’s history, and is supported by a historical date point to provide context.

Unlike a traditional exhibition, '80 Years in 80 Stories' is not confined within a single space. You will discover many of the life-sized figures dispersed around the Museum's galleries, each standing alongside an aircraft or other artefact which is connected in some way with their story.

The figures are in no particular order – you will find aircraftmen and air vice-marshals, pilots and ground crew, and perhaps even a squadron mascot or two. All have contributed to making the RNZAF the richly diverse service it is today.

On display throughout the Museum until July 2017.


'80 Years in 80 Stories' was a finalist in the Service IQ New Zealand Museum Awards 2017. 


ATC: 75 Years

This exhibition is a compilation of stories, anecdotes, photos and film, marking 75 years since the formation of this Air Force-based youth organisation.

RNZAF on the Water

With images from our own archive, this photographic exhibition explores the RNZAF’s long association with the sea.


Follow the journey of a prisoner of war in Europe during World War Two in this interactive exhibition which will engage visitors of all ages.


Open daily from 10am to 5pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

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  • Memorial Alcove
  • Roll of Honour
  • ATC: 75 Years
  • Canterbury Stories