Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa

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Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa

Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa
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10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Take a look around you - the walls are steeped in history, dreams and the future. You are at Volandia, where a wonderful exhibition itinerary takes you deep into the history of international aeronautics, with focus on the companies that have written the story of the province of Varese, the province with wings, and all of Lombardy and Italian industry.The exhibition is divided into five areas: forms of flight, fixed wing, rotary wing, model aircraft and the convertiplane. It tells the great history of flight in all its forms, from pioneer flights in hot-air balloons to the first aircraft in the early 1900s right through to the convertiplane, the perfect fusion of vertical and horizontal flight.The Park and Museum of Flight has plenty of indoor and outdoor areas for children, with space dedicated to the different age brackets. For older visitors there is the simulation area, library, historical archives (consultable online), convention room and film showings.The Volandia Store stocks a wealth of park and museum gifts and mascots and many other wonderful articles.As you walk around the park and museum you can listen to exciting adventures involving the aircraft on show told by volunteers of the “Friends of Volandia” association, whose members include fanatics and former workers at the aircraft companies. If you would like to join the association, just ask.. Members are easy to recognise in their red uniform.The Flight Café is the perfect place to take a break and have something to eat and drink.Volandia makes flight dreams and fun happen.Visit our website to discover our pavillon and the newly SPACE AREA.
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GaryHadleigh
54 contributions
Couples
Ok, so this museum has a bit of everything going on, cars, aircraft, enough models to keep your eyes busy for weeks and some amazing old machinery parked around the back.
Its not slick and super stylish and to be honest needs a bit of TLC but there are some amazing bits of history in there if you take the time to look and its well worth it. Fortunately the time has been taken to add English translations to the majority of the exhibits which was appreciated, made it all the more interesting for us.
I should think it would keep kids happy for hours let alone the adults, loads of space and exhibits to wander through and ponder over.
Worth a visit rain or shine.
To the staff, keep up the good work.
Written July 9, 2017
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Magic Carpet Airways
32 contributions
Solo
This is the site of the first ever flight of a powered aircraft by the Italian aviator, Caprioni.
The Caprioni CA1 is preserved here along with the original hanger building.
Later this became the site for the Caprioni aircraft factory which built aircraft during WW1 -WW2. There are many different aircraft on display here, including some flight simulators which you can try out. The original feel of the factory is still present even though much of the equipment, materials and workforce have disappeared into history.

You can get right up to most of the aircraft to look into the cockpits or for close up photography.

The museum has a shop and a cafeteria. I spent a good four hours here and still did not see all of the exhibits.

The museum is a short walk ( ten minutes) from the terminal 1 at Malpensa Airport, and is well sign-posted from door 17, at the departures level.
Written October 4, 2016
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Stanley
Singapore, Singapore76 contributions
Couples
Volandia pays tribute to the rich history of aviation and the aerospace industry around the Lombardy region of Italy. The museum covers several hangars, each with a theme of its own - history of the region, fixed wing aircraft, rotary aircraft, future of flight, etc. Life-size and model exhibits were well organized and very comprehensive.

Definitely an underrated attraction just outside Milan.

And don't forget to try the excellent flight simulators towards the end of the recommended itinerary!
Written October 2, 2013
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Lima Golf
Bangkok, Thailand59 contributions
Potentially this is a vast space that could host many more exhibits considering the fact that Italy had a significant involvement in major world wars as well as being the producers of many high quality aircraft. Compared to Duxford Air Museum (UK) and Berlin aviation museum and others it is surprising that the selection is so limited. The space section is what kids run away from: lots of information on the walls but hardly interactive (see the Singapore Museum of Technology and Science as an example). The simulators are not exactly waiting to welcome you at least on the day we visited. So overall considering Italy is a powerful player in aviation and technology, it falls short of expectations. Perhaps someone could go round the world and see how others are faring? Also why there is so much space dedicated to car collections in an aviation museum is beyond me. They have 150 volunteers who do their best. Restaurant: expensive and limited. Would not return but happy to have seen it.
Written May 28, 2022
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Sandy55
Milan, Italy6 contributions
Family
I visited here with 3 enthusiastic teenagers today (over an hour to get there), only to find both the flight simulators were broken ("the technician hasn't been able to come today"), one of only two aeroplanes you can actually enter was closed ("the guide had a problem today and the public can't enter without a guide"), and the big working model was broken and not able to be fixed. I was not told this before paying the entrance fee. The lady on the desk was apologetic and gave us some free passes "for next time" but realistically, I won't be going back a next time with visitors who had come from overseas and this spoiled our day. I was told the visit would be about 2 and a half hours and they wer done in less than 1 hour. NOT WORTH IT, DON'T GO! Sandy
Written July 10, 2015
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Miles F
Newton, MA, United States86 contributions
Saw sign at airport. After a long look, found arrows pointing to the walking path. 10 minutes to big sign saying "open 10-6 Weds to Sun" (it's Fri.). Walked another 5 minutes to entrance. Closed. Called phone number (not clickable on web site), told "only open Fri and Sat." They need MUCH better signage at the airport - not fun at all while carrying bags.
Written February 20, 2015
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Bojan977
Pula, Croatia21 contributions
Solo
Spent a day in this museum. Had a really good time. There are hangars and open area where mostly airplanes and helicopters are displayed but there is a zone of cars, buses and trains of italian production displayed too. Loved a fact that you can actually enter in some of the planes displayed outside on the field such as DC-9 and MD-82. Nice view of terminal 1 of Malpensa airport. You can see planes taking off. If you come with the public transportaion to visit museum you need to get off at Malpensa airport terminal 1 and there is a walkway from the terminal 1 to the museum which is very well signed. Just one part you need to walk on a dirt path and just hope it doesn’t rain as you will walk in a mud. All in all great day out!
Written April 5, 2019
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Aldo P
Dubai, United Arab Emirates36 contributions
Solo
I highly recommend this Museum it’s placed inside an Original Aircraft factory, Caproni, the place is almost magical and has many showrooms, it also houses a huge car collection from Designer Bertone, many historical aircraft and much more. If you have a few hours between flights at Milano Malpensa DO visit the museum or just make time. Really great.
Written August 9, 2018
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Saied E
Glasgow, UK51 contributions
Family
If you have a few hours to kill at in Milan airport I would thoroughly recommend you go to this Museum. It is vast, has several amazing model as well as actual aircrafts old racing cars , Ships et cetera.

It is within walking distance of terminal one. It is however a bit tricky to find if you are walking . If you like us you want to walk into it I would recommend you going to terminal one , make sure you going on second floor and follow a flyover . The path to the museum is not clearly marked but just look for some old aircraft which you should be able to see once you are on the flyover. There is an outdoor playground if your kids get tired of watching cars and planes. There is a restaurant and cafe or so. We did not eat there but the food looks quite reasonable.
Written April 9, 2018
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Giacomina63
Milan, Italy150 contributions
Family
You’ll need a good few hours to visit this aircraft museum because the collection is quite outstanding and just goes on and on.
Hangar after hangar of relics , history , modern planes , reconstructions and even Apollo space section! They even rent out mobility scooters for visitors with mobility issues .
Bar good available but yo can bring your own lunch .
Written November 22, 2017
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