Located in what used to be a regional airport, the Polish Aviation Museum is indeed dedicated to old aircrafts, engines, and aviation history. The military airfield on which the museum is located is one of the oldest in the world, having been established by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1912. It was soon used to train crews and repair aircrafts throughout the war; it became a major Polish Air Force Base until World War II, during which it was used by Germans to supply the Eastern front.
The rather large collection consists of over 200 aircraft, including several unique and extremely rare models from World War I, as well as a massive collection of archives and photographs; it, therefore, doesn’t come as a surprise to know that CNN deemed it the world’s eighth best aviation museum in the world.
The Polish Aviation Museum is located at Aleja Jana Pawła II 39 on the northern outskirts. It can be reached by car from the city center in 15 minutes (5 kilometers) via Mikołaja Kopernika Street, Mogilska Street, and Mariana Markowskiego Street. It is also possible to take the tram 52 from the main train station in central Krakow and alight at Muzeum Lotnictwa. The museum is closed on Mondays, but open from 9 AM to 5 PM every other day of the week. The ticket office closes 30 minutes prior to the museum’s closing time. Admission is 14 złoty for adults and 7 złoty for children and students. Admission is free for everyone on Tuesdays. Guided tours are available in both English and German for 65 zloty.