The Aviation Museum

The Aviation Museum
Rating
96% from 22 reviews
Phone
+48 12 642 87 00
Fax
+48 12 642 87 01
Website
The Aviation Museum
Address
Al. Jana Pawla II 39
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Editor's review

If you've read about the swashbuckling exploits of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain (the gallant Poles were crucial in saving the day) then you won't want to miss this belter of a museum just east of Cracow's centre. It's located on an historic air-field that was the second largest Polish Air Force Field before the Second World War. Over a hundred aircrafts can be savoured, with everything from pre-war Polish fighter-planes to German Albatrosses, Spitfires and Soviet Kakaruzniks. Some of the exhibits are unique examples of their kind, so aviation fans are in for a treat!

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John Glendinning from United Kingdom Reply Jul 28th, 2016

Fantastic museum. 15 zloty to get in, closed on Mon, free on Tue. 26 zloty from centre of Krakow to museum by taxi but as suggested have a map to show the driver. The reception desk phoned for a taxi for us to get back. This place is a gem, even when it was raining as I walked around it did not matter.

Patrick from Ireland Reply Dec 28th, 2013

Some incredible planes and engines can be seen here. The new museum building is also outstanding, but has not been well designed inside (the layout of the exhibitions is a bit amateurish). But if you know your planes, you cannot fail to be impressed by the collection they have here - if only they had a bit more money to look after it a bit better. Brilliant none the less.

Mark from United Kingdom Reply Feb 27th, 2013

For my money, the most interesting day out in Krakow. But then, hey, I like planes...

Dom from Switzerland Reply Jul 28th, 2012

This is the best museum of Krakow. For students it's only 5 zl the entry. With tram it's easy and cheap to go there. Don't miss this Aviation Museum.

Ollie from United Kingdom Reply Jun 11th, 2012

Pretty much overlooked by all the tourists, which is a shame as I found this the most interesting of all the sites I saw in Krakow. Poland has a proud aviation history - both as pilots of some repute and engineers/designers (primarily in the US). Fantastic half day trip.

John from Ireland Reply Apr 13th, 2012

A must see for any aviation fan. Loads of cold war era Migs and Sukhois, including a Mig 29. The collection of aero-engines is amazing. A bit hard to find alright, my advice is to print out the location map and show it to the taxi driver. Don't miss it.

Peter from United Kingdom Reply Aug 25th, 2011

Just brilliant!

James from United States Reply Jun 16th, 2011

Definitely, definitely worth a visit - was great fun seeing all the commie-era Mig fighters. You will probably need a taxi to find it, though - it is a bit of a way out of town...

Jamie from United Kingdom Reply Dec 14th, 2010

Simply Krakow's most interesting museum. Full marks! And I still have not yet had a chance to really look closely at the new building, which has won lots of design awards. Go!

Paul Slater from United Kingdom Reply Nov 10th, 2010

Totally do not agree with Jey (below) There's a new museum building almost finished, and I think the staff are doing great things with obviously very limited resources. There are a number of items outside which are in poor condition, but I believe the most important items (particularly the collection of old engines) are indoors and very well maintained. EU - more money please!

jey from Poland Reply Aug 16th, 2010

great place but almost everything is rotting away ,pity no one cares

T. W. Mead from United Kingdom Reply May 31st, 2009

I found this museum by taking a taxi, cost from centre of Cracow 19 zls. A really excellent museum with friendly staff. Superb for photography and do not miss the displays behind the main hanger. One of the best engine displays I have seen anywhere. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in aviation.

Lawrence Coppin from United Kingdom Reply Mar 2nd, 2009

Difficult museum to find but well worth the mission. Some great soviet era machines here that you can walk up to and take some great pictures. and very cheap at jus 5pln.

bryan chalker from United Kingdom Reply Sep 28th, 2008

Excellent museum and our guide, Bartholomew, was a wealth of information, spliced with good humour. I'd recommend the museum to all and sundry.

jamie smith from United Kingdom Reply May 17th, 2008

If you love planes, You;ll love this... but make sure you do your research before you leave home.. It's not that easy to find, But really worth it...There's some really unusuall stuff there - even a jet bi-plane - It's true many of the planes are rotting away, but that only adds to the atmosphere - But try not to go on a monday as the indoor display is closed...

K Adams from United Kingdom Reply Jan 21st, 2008

this place offers an amazing and different perspective on old soviet era fighters and bombers. it really gives the feeling of the power of the old soviet reigime. alot of the exhibits there are old and rusting away, and give the place a really daunting, but at the same time an awesome experience.

John Kantek from Australia Reply Sep 17th, 2007

This is one of best surprises I have had on my visit to Poland, the aviation museum has so much to offer there is so much history in this one spot I spent many hours just walking around and taking so many photographys of the airplanes, engines, old WW1 fighter planes and even earlier then WW1 airplanes, and a special mention to the Spitfire Mk.XVI E. wonderful. to get so close to so many russian jets to inspect them up close was a great pleasure. I'm looking forward to my return to Poland and will be heading back to the Air Museum to see what new additions have been made to the museum

Jim Prettyman from United Kingdom Reply Jun 14th, 2007

This is a superb collection - not to be missed . It is difficult to find and has almost no publicity . The local tourist body should appreciate what a treasure they have on their doorstep and do more to publicise it. I've been to many museums of flight and this is one of the best . Conrad is an excellent guide with an in depth knowledge not only of all the exhibits but of aviation in general.

jj marr from Australia Reply Jun 20th, 2005

A great museam.A must for any aviation enthusiast,in particular the engine room and the ww1 display of aircraft.The staff are really helpfull too and its great to talk about aircraft with them,thanks Pete and Janek.Will definately visit again.20/5/2005.

Kevin G from Australia Reply May 28th, 2005

The best day I had in Krakow. Old Tupolevs, crop srayers and Soviet-era rocket launchers! There's also a display of engines from model aircraft, so if you're into this sort of thing, you'll probably be in heaven!

Mark Bradshaw from United Kingdom Reply Mar 21st, 2005

Yes, this is a really excellent day out. If you're into early flight, this museum has just about the finest collection of pioneer engine technology, as well as pieces of framework of some of the very first planes ever built. For those into more modern aviation, there's a unique perspective of fighters from an Eastern Bloc viewpoint. Having visited Yeovilton and other similar museums in the UK, one's overall impression - what a huge waste of money on arms from both sides! Fascinating all the same.

paul from United Kingdom Reply Mar 20th, 2005

This museum is a hidden treasure.The indoor display is first class with some world unique exhibits.The outdoor static display is an interesting collection of soviet bloc aircraft from fighters to bombers. Access is easy via the No 4 tram from Lubice get off at WIECZYSTA and walk 400m straight on to the museum. A must if youre a plane nut an interesting diversion if not. Recommended.

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