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“A lot of hardware!”

Polish Aviation Museum
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Ranked #8 of 280 things to do in Krakow
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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“A lot of hardware!”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Visited after a heavy snowfall, so access to the descriptions of some of the outside aircraft was difficult. Nevertheless there is a lot to see, especially ex-NATO and Warsaw Pact military aircraft, and all for an entrance fee of 10 Zlotys, about £2.20. A taxi from the city centre cost me £4. Great value, and recommended for anyone interested in aircraft.

Visited March 2013
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“A wonderful historic museum.”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I would definitely recommend a visit to this museum, just a short 5-10 minute tram ride from the city centre. If you are interested in aviation, then this is one of the best museums in Poland to visit.
It has many attractions, and the main buildings exhibition is very well put together and interesting. Then there are the large historic hangers and open areas where there are planes, engines and assorted other aviation related materials. Sadly the plans are not always in the best condition, but this perhaps adds to the eerie USSR era feeling of parts of the airfield. The museum has an extensive collection, so I'd recommend a good few hours at the site. Also, I think that young kids would love it!

Visited March 2013
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Dereham, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Take a tram from the centre of Krakow and after 5 stops and a 5 minute work you arrive at this excellent visitor attraction. It probably helps if you like looking at big lumps of aviation hardware, but if you do you are in for a treat. The place comprises a whole airfield with a large range of old military jets in a varying state of repair displayed for the visitor to wander around and photograph. Many interesting aircraft, mostly coldwar-era Russian on display together with aircraft not expected to be seen. For instance there are a number of 1960's US warbirds parked amongst the Migs and Sukhois. On reading the informative (English) plaques next to them it turns out that they arrived in Krakow as a present from North Vietnam who in turn acquired them when the Americans conducted what must have been a very rapid and unseemly retreat (whatever happened to demolition charges?).

In addition to the many outdoor exhibits are a number of indoor displays with beautifully preserved aircraft covering the whole history of military and civilian aviation. Included is a Spitfire and a Sopwith Camel both in perfect condition together with fuselages of many WW1 fighter aircraft.

The museum also has a number of "hands-on" displays which are fun for children of all ages, especially the over-60's.

Visited March 2013
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Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

had a personal guide to show me around the polish aviation museum...he was fantasic. The whole experience was amazing. You will see many planes, but also the history behind them along with one hanger just full of engines (amazing if you are a greese head)...basicly i have have never seen a bigger or well presented air museum. this is not only a credit to the staff but to the polish people....be proud...be very proud and keepup the good work

Visited February 2013
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“Krakow - Polish Aviation Museum”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Just superb if you are at all interested in planes with much material (including a Spitfire) from World War II. Lots of info on the Polish airmen serving in the RAF. Not easy to find - but don't bother with a taxi -very easy to get to on tram No 4 from the centre (5 or 6 stops say) Get off at Wieczysta or AWF which are either side of the museum. It is about 8-10 minutes walk from the stop. From Wieczysta walk along the road, continuing in the direction of the tram you have just got off. (Vice versa of course at AWF, walking back the way you have just come). The museum is up a side road to your left from Wieczysta and right from AWF.
Museum is closed Mondays. Tuesday is the best day to go when it is FREE, otherwise 10PLN. Enjoy!

Visited February 2013
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