Are you a World War II enthusiast? Do you love aviation and history? If so, the Malta Aviation Museum in Ta’ Qali is the place to be. With over 100 years of history, you can spend a good few hours walking around the three hangars. Admire the post-war pistons, jet aircraft and helicopters, and uncover Malta’s aviation history.
This authentic place was used by the British Royal Air Force during the war, and the collection covers the Second World War and post-war periods.
The Malta Aviation Museum is located on a former Royal Air Force airfield in Ta’ Qali, a small touristic village in Malta, mostly known for its Crafts Village and the National Park. Apart from the three hangars and the exhibits, there is a small chapel, a tiny cafeteria, and a souvenir shop.
The museum’s collection includes several well-preserved airplanes, including a restored Spitfire and a Hurricane that was retrieved from the sea and refurbished to an excellent condition. All work at the museum is carried out by a small band of volunteers who put their heart and soul in the preservation and restoration of the aircraft exhibits.
The museum has also produced its own publication in true 1940s style. It contains information about Malta’s airfields, surviving wartime aircraft, a list of aircrew and ground personnel who died during the war, a chronicle of events involving Malta and much more.
The Aviation Museum presents a unique opportunity to see some rare World War II flying machines in an authentic setting. Some of the exhibits are very well kept and include planes as well as vehicles commonly found on airfields.
A display of airframes from World War II, namely:
The entry to the museum is through this hangar that also includes the restoration workshop. In this hangar, you can find restored models, including:
The Malta Aviation Museum can be easily reached by public transport and Hop-on Hop-off buses. It is located in Ta’ Qali, a park in Attard, which is close to Mdina. It’s located right around the corner from the Malta National Stadium and across the road from the Basketball Pavillion.
From Valletta, you can use bus route 56, which stops inside Ta’ Qali (bus stop Stadium). Alternatively, hop on bus number 52 and get out at the bus stop outside Ta’ Qali (Qali Interchange), which is a 15-minute walk away from the museum.
Taking the bus from Valletta to the Malta Aviation Museum will take around 35 minutes.
From Buġibba to the Malta Aviation Museum, you can take bus number 186 and get out in Ta’ Qali (bus stop Stadium). This route operates every 30 minutes and the trip will take half an hour.
From Sliema to the Malta Aviation Museum, you can take bus number 202 and get out in Ta’ Qali (bus stop Stadium). This route operates once per hour and the trip will take 45 minutes to an hour.
Bus tickets are €2 in summer and €1.50 in winter.
If you are hopping around Malta with a hop-on hop-off bus, hop-off at stop 22 in Ta’ Qali. You’ll be right outside the Aviation Museum.
If you’d rather save time, taking a taxi to the Malta Aviation Museum is a more hassle-free option. From Valletta or Sliema, the ride will take about 20 minutes. You can expect to pay around €15.
If you have your own rental car, the Malta Aviation Museum is ideal to drive to. It is just a 20-minute ride from Valletta, and there is free (street) parking at the museum. Follow the road signs toward Attard until Ta’ Qali shows up.
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