Are you interested in engineering, technology, history or just want to find out more about Kraków’s big attractions? Aviation Museum is a place for you! This large venue is devoted to old aircraft and engines and it is located near the no-longer functional Kraków-Rakowice-Czyżyny Airport. It was established by Austria-Hungary in 1912 counts as one of the oldest in the world. The museum opened in 1964, after the airfield closed. It has been voted by CNN as eighth world’s best aviation museum. The premises of the Krakow Aviation Museum are popular venue for open-air events, from pop festivals to varied fairs.
The museum’s collections are separated between four different buildings and the former airfield tarmac where the big aircraft are displayed. Some other hard to fit exhibits, such as missile systems are also shown in the open air among buildings.
The Museum Main Building is a structure whose floor area totals 3,378 square meters. It contains an exhibition hall, an education hall, a screening room and a library with a reading room. The exhibition area 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 education hall is outfitted with a flight simulator available to the public. There are also avaliable multimedia presentations, interactive toys, information booths.
The museum’s most cherished possessions – the early planes of the first two decades of the 20th century are contained in the Great War Aircraft Exhibition, situated in an old warehouse.
Main Exhibition Hangar contains different old gliders, WW2 fighters and air ambulances.
Building behind the great hangar contains two exhibitions ‘Stories of History’and the other showing ‘aero engines’. A few of smaller hangars have been converted to venues for temporary exhibitions.
One may get near the Krakow Aviation Museum by tram – numbers 4.
The museum provides free car park for the visitors. A regular ticket costs 14 zloties (PLN) and reduced rate is seven zloties. On Tuesdays there is free admission to permanent exhibitions. The Krakow Museum of Aviation stays closed on Mondays and it may also close for some major holidays, notably Christmas, New Year, and Easter. Otherwise it’s open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.