The Polish Aviation Museum in
(Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego) has managed to assemble one of the
best collections of aircraft, from the earliest aeroplanes of
the 1910s to recently decommissioned jet fighters. Launched in
1964 on the site of former Rakowice-Czyzyny air-force base and
airport, the museum has taken up most of their buildings and
tarmac. In 2010 a very modern exhibition hall has been added to
The premises of the Krakow Aviation Museum are popular venue for
open-air events, from pop festivals to varied fairs.
Visiting the Aviation Museum in Krakow.
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.
The Museum 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.
The Great War Aircraft
Exhibition, situated in an old warehouse, 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.
Main Exhibition Hangar
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.
Location and accessibility of the Museum of Aviation in Krakow.
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
GPS coordinates N 50 04’ 37’’
E 19 59’ 38’’.
One may get near the Krakow
Aviation Museum by tram – numbers 4, 5, 9, 10, 15, and 40.
The museum provides free car
park for the visitors.
Helicopters (in alphabetical
order): Bell CH-136 Kiowa, JK-1 Trzmiel (Bumblebee), Mil Mi-4,
Mil Mi-4 A, Mil Mi-4 ME, SP-GIL, Sud-Aviation SE-3160 Alouette
III, WSK Mi-2, WSK Mi-2 CH, WSK Mi-2 M, WSK Mi-2T, WSK Mi-2URP,
WSK SM-1 (Mi-1), WSK SM-2.
Tickets and opening hours of the Polish Aviation Museum in
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.
Contact information for the Museum of Polish Aviation in Krakow.
Postal address: Muzeum
Lotnictwa Polskiego, Al. Jana Pawla II 39 , 30-969 Kraków 28,
skr.poczt. 79, Poland. Fax fax (+48) 126409960. Phone numbers
(+48) 126409961, (+48) 126424070, and (+48) 126424071. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.muzeumlotnictwa.pl