Welcome on board ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelt and turn off your electronic devices. You are about to dive into the origin of flight, through an itinerary that describes how Italian company Agusta and Aermacchi wrote the history of flight. The museum stands close to the international airport of Malpensa, 45 minutes from Milan, in the province of Varese, best known as the “province with wings“.
Volandia flight museum
11 pavilions divided up in 5 areas: forms of flight, fixed wing, rotary wing, model aircraft and the convertiplane. This is Volandia, the flight museum that has grown up as the flight history itself: from hot-air balloons to the first aircraft of the last century, till the convertiplane, the perfect fusion of vertical and horizontal flight.
Passengers in transfer
If you are travelling to Italy and you’re waiting for the next flight to take off, Volandia will be the funniest entertainment for your free time, as the museum is 15 minutes walking distance from Malpensa-Terminal 1. In order to reach Volandia, go to departures and check-in areas, then get to the exit n. 17. Walk the way outside the airport to the pedestrian bridge, which directly takes to the museum.
A kid-friendly museum Volandia flight museum
Besides the huge exhibitions, there are two playgrounds to entertain the youngest pilots. The outdoor playground is flight-theme dedicated, where toddlers can enjoy Heli and Avio, Volandia’s main characters. The indoor area is near the entrance and it is settled with games for different ages. The museum is the perfect setting to celebrate birthday party as well. Babies changing room on site.
Why we liked Volandia flight museum
Volandia is a great experience for the whole family. Our baby aviator was totally engaged taking pictures of aircrafts and planes details.
Good to know
- How to get there: by car highway A8 Milan-Varese, exit Busto Arsizio. Then SS336 direction Malpensa Airport, exit Somma Lombardo – Case Nuove – Volandia. At the roundabout follow the road signs along SP52. By train from Milan Cadorna station – railway station where the Malpensa Express departs.
- Where to park: free parking in front of the entrance.
- Opening hours: from April to October the museum is opened from Tuesday to Friday 10-18; Saturday and Sunday 10-19. Closed on Monday. From November to March the museum is opened from Wednesday to Sunday 10-18. Closed on Monday and Tuesday
- Tickets: Adults €9, kids from 3 to 11 €5. Disabled and babies under 3y free of charge. Over 65 €7.
- Disabled: the entire museum is easily accessible for disabled. Please be informed that for a disabled partner the ticket has a reduced rate.
- Guided tour have to be previously booked and are available for a group of minimum 10, at the rate of €2 each.
- Facilities: No packed lunch permitted, but there is a cafeteria at the entrance “Volandia Flight Cafè“. On the opposite side of the bar, there’s a small store for your flight shopping.
- What else to see around: Milan and the lakes area: Maggiore, Orta and Varese lakes that are best known for Borromean islands, and the picturesque villages of Orta San Giulio, Stresa, Verbania and Arona.