The Aviation Museum
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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!
Editor & Krakow Local
Best museum in KRK!
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.
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.
For my money, the most interesting day out in Krakow. But then, hey, I like planes...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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!
great place but almost everything is rotting away ,pity no one cares
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.
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.
Excellent museum and our guide, Bartholomew, was a wealth of information, spliced with good humour. I'd recommend the museum to all and sundry.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.