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Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Volandia, Aviation history a few steps from Malpensa airport!

I highly recommend this Museum it’s placed inside an Original Aircraft factory, Caproni, the place... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
aldop345
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Zaragoza
Where the Flight was born

Not many people know that, a few years after the first Wright brothers’ experiences, some of the... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
zanren
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Somma Lombardo, Italy
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All reviews malpensa airport aviation history few hours on display worth a visit rain or shine fantastic place ten minutes planes and helicopters space travel english translation brilliant museum trams and buses kids airplane exhibits factory
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Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Easy to find in theory. Sign posted within Malpensa airport. Exit and follow the road out of the airport. Use the walkway down the ramp and at the bottom you'll see the Volandia museum. However. Those gates are locked! Weathered paper signs attached to the fence tell you to follow them. Essentially you pick up a grass track at the end of the walkway that follows the fence around the museum. Be brave. It's a further ten minutes walk through semi woodland and if the weather is poor it's going to be muddy. I had to wash my feet back at the airport even though it was dry mud. I also got bitten. Not the fault of the museum but handy to know so you can spray yourself prior to this walk.
When you eventually arrive and and pay to enter, you will access an informal and well laid out museum with different collections housed in outbuildings of the original manufacturer. A mixture of information, models and real exhibits.
I attended with an aviation enthusiast who thoroughly enjoyed all he saw. I was also pleasingly entertained by the cars, aircraft, helicopter exhibitions.
The museum is large. And on a warm day it was difficult in some of the buildings in the heat. But it was a good way to spend the final hours of a Milan visit whilst waiting for the flight home.

Thank Sharon J
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

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.

Thank aldop345
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Not many people know that, a few years after the first Wright brothers’ experiences, some of the most relevant pages in the history of Flight were written here: Caproni, Savoia Marchetti, Aermacchi, Agusta were located exactly here, in Lombardy, close to Malpensa airport.
If you have a half/full day to spend during your next visit to Milan, don’t miss one of the best Space and Air Museum in Europe. Your sons will enjoy flight simulators, while you’ll get amazed by the perfectly reproduced settings of the original factories, where splendid flying machines came to life.
Recommended for both families and flight enthusiasts!

Thank zanren
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

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.

1  Thank Saied E
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

the place is located in very large premises of the old 'caproni' factory, it's rather big museum/activity park with lots to see and learn. they have added a planetarium with some outer space experience. the (big) indoor kids area is a plus. the tickets are very cheap. overall, nice family day out!

Thank Efisio S
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

Found the museum quite by chance when we were staying at the First Hotel down the road. Fascinating museum housed within what was the Italian aircraft manufacturers factory that made planes, cars and motorcycles from before the first world war. Massive model train layout and hundreds of rare planes and vehicles immaculately presented.

Thank Inncomunicado V
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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

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 .

Thank Giacomina63
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Really big museum with quite an impressive collection of airplanes from different era's. I have to say this museum was a pleasant surprise. The collection ranging from small model airplanes to giant commercial planes. They also have quite a nice collection of helicopters and some flight simulators. You can have a look in the interior of several planes and helicopters. There was one plane though where you had to pay an extra entrance fee. Which we didn't pay, but quite frankly, I find that absurd, why not just include this in the ticket price so everybody can enjoy this attraction?

I do have to say that the museum to me had a somewhat old fashioned feeling. Hard to believe this museum only opened in 2010. A make-over to add some more interactive elements would be nice.

The museum also has a big playground. But be warned if your child wants to play in the inside playground, which is very big with lots of nice attractions, it needs to wear socks. So if you plan on visiting on a warm summer day and your child is wearing sandals, don't forget to bring socks, because the museum doesn't have spare ones.

I also liked the part of the museum dedicated to space travel. I do have to comment that most of the explanations were only available in Italian. Would have been nice if the museum offered explanations in other languages.

Thank CarolienBAC
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I likes airplanes very much!
This museum you can see many kind of airplanes from past to present.
It was a pleasure for me visiting this place. :)

Thank Bacskai N
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

The museum is based around the original Caproni works which dates back to around 1910 and birthplace of aviation in the area which continues today - plenty of parking, entrance is 11e per adult and there's a cheap cafe in the entrance area where you can leave your wife (as I did!). The buildings and layout are spread out and it can be difficult working your way round - the space exhibition was particularly confusing. A lot of the information has some English translation which is helpful. I thought it strange the display of cockpit instruments contained 3 different ME109 variants but they weren't displayed together therefore making it difficult to work out the differences. Large model train displays and cases of model planes and ships would take an hour to absorb on their own! The aircraft on display outside are getting weather worn which is a shame but you can walk round the interior of the ex government DC9 and see where the Pope sat when he travelled on it. Also in a compound near the exit is a 'graveyard" of trams and buses which you can walk round. However, on a hot day it can become exhausting walking round and so didn't stay as long as I might have done. I think better use can be made of the space available but all credit to the staff and volunteers for preserving such a historic site and keeping it running.

At the far end of the museum is a restaurant and large childrens indoor/outdoor play area.

Thank nnmercman
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