Located on one of the oldest military airfields in Europe, this oft-overlooked, but highly regarded museum holds a premier collection of aircraft, artefacts and exhibits related not only to Polish, but world aviation history and heritage. The new exhibition building is bursting with interactive exhibits, a cinema, library, museum shop and extensive collection of historic aircraft (including a permanent exhibit of WWI aircraft). The original exhibits in the airfield's numerous hangars and out-buildings still remain stuffed with old photographs, engines, uniforms and plenty more airplanes, helicopters and gliders, while the yards surrounding them are literally littered Russian-built fighter jets from the days of the Warsaw Pact. While it's disappointing that many of the displays are in Polish only, this is still a great outing that can take the better part of a day to explore thoroughly. The museum's collections are divided between four buildings and the former airfield tarmac where the big aircraft are displayed. And some other bulky exhibits, such as missile systems, are also shown in the open air among buildings. There are many things to do at Polish Aviation Museum.
Polish Aviation Museum
1. The Main Building
Glowny Gmach Muzeum is a concrete structure whose floor area totals 3,378 square meters. It contains an exhibition hall, an education hall, a screening room, a library with a reading room, an internet cafe, and a cloakroom. The exhibition area of 1,022 sq. meters accommodates 21 aircraft including France's Bleriot 11 of 1909 as well as some of the prominent machines in the history of Polish aviation. The 588-sq-meter education hall is outfitted with a flight simulator available to the public, multimedia presentations, interactive toys, information booths, and rows of recliner seats mimicking an airplane cabin.
2. The Great War Aircraft Exhibition
This exibition is situated in an old warehouse. It consists of the museum's most cherished possessions – the early planes of the first two decades of the 20th century. The best part of them once constituted the core of Hermann Goering collection.
3. Main Exhibition Hangar
The main exhibition contains a medley of aircraft from old gliders to WW2 fighters to air ambulances. The building behind the great hangar houses two exhibitions: one called 'Stories of History', the other showing 'aero engines'. Next to the crumbling tarmac packed with airplanes and choppers a pair of smaller hangars have been converted to venues for temporary exhibitions.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office in the museum. Visit the museum's official website to see their opening hours before you go. On Tuesdays, everyone gets free tickets to enter the museum. There will be additional ticket fee if you choose to get a guide for your tour.
How To Get Around?
Getting around Polish Aviation Museum is easy, you just need to walk and stroll around the area. The museum is accessible by wheelchair.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear anything you want to visit this museum, there is no dress code here.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Polish Aviation Museum is on Tuesdays when entrance tickets are waived. Mornings are always better to visit the museum since it's not too crowded.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, it's easy to get around and you can find everything about the museum online. Make sure you read about the museum before you go. This website provides you with all the information you need to know about this museum.
How To Get There?
The aviation museum is situated almost in the middle of Krakow, some three kilometers east of the city's Old Town historic center. It sits on the edge of Park Lotnikow Polskich, at some distance from Jana Pawla II avenue, a traffic artery connecting Krakow's downtown with the city's important Nowa Huta district. You may get near the Krakow Aviation Museum by tram – numbers 4, 5, 9, 10, 15, and 40, or tram number 52 at the main station (Dworzec Glowny). You should see signs for the museum on the left hand side when in the Tram. Once you get off the Tram walk across the street and follow the signs.