The Malaga-Costa del Sol airport hosts a variety of cultural activities aimed at introducing the world of aeronautics and its great evolution over the last century.
The Airport, Navigation and Air Transport Museum, located in the first terminal of the Malaga airport, houses over 1,500 pieces from around Spain related to the history of aviation.
The airport also offers a programme of cultural visits to school children that presents the airport installations in detail.
In addition to these activities, the airport has an exhibition hall that houses temporary exhibits by artists who want to introduce their works. The lobby is an innovative and creative space that offers users a alternative option while they wait for their flights.
Museum of Airports and Air Transport
On 13th November 1997, the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport opened the Museo de Aeropuertos y Transporte Aéreo (Airport, Navigation and Air Transport Museum). It is currently the only exhibition of its type in Spain, and one of the few that can be seen around the world.
The Museum, intended to be a window onto the world of aviation and airports, is especially geared towards school students, but it is also intended for aviation enthusiasts and anyone who is curious about air transport and would like to find out more about it. All visits must be requested via the Head Office (telephone 952 048 019).
The Museum has over 1500 m2 of exhibition space. A striking exhibit is the first passenger Terminal of Malaga airport, with the original 1939 design by the architect Luis Gutiérrez Soto. Since February 2009, the Terminal used by passengers to Malaga from 1948 to 1968 has been part of the Museum. Its interior reflects a city which saw its future development in tourism, the luxury of flig ht in the 1950s, and the air navigation of the period in its historic control tower, and so on. The exhibition is completed by an aeroplane in its gardens, the Convair 440, which brought the first tourists by charter in 1959.
The Museum has more than 4,000 pieces relating to the history of airports and aviation, from various parts of Spain, such as Seville, Cordoba, La Palma, Lanzarote, La Coruña, Palma de Mallorca, and Huesca, which have been restored in the airport itself. Together, they show visitors the vast range and complexity of activities involved in air transport, with airport development playing a central role.
The main aim of the museum is to show visitors the dramatic evolution in air transport that occurred during the 20th century and its impact on tourism, particularly in places like Malaga and the Costa del Sol.
On display in the various halls are items and equipment related to runway lighting, rescue operations, airport health, soil mechanics, communications, electricity and electronics, etc. There is also a large display of airline company posters from throughout the ages, scale models, avionic equipment, suits worn by the crew, and equipment for controlling wildlife and administrative activities. The collection is completed with explanatory panels on the basics of air navigation, several aircraft parts, engines, etc.
Two of the highlights of the exhibition are an extremely rare pilot's mask from 1916 belonging to the well-known pilot Jorge Loring, and the original stamps of the Colón Transaérea Española, the Spanish air transportation company which attempted to establish a line of airships from Seville to Buenos Aires in the 1920s. In addition to the Museum, there is an exhibition in the rear courtyard which includes a DC3, a Beechcraft, a Convair 440 and a DC9 cabin, which visitors can enter.
The exhibition display has been improved with the construction of supports for engines and display cases, and all the exhibits have been classified as part of the programme of events undertaken by the Aena Foundation at the museum. This work has enabled a complete database to be compiled containing the technical details of the entire collection, amounting to over 4,000 items.
Interactive educational games have also been installed to encourage school children and other visitors to the museum to gain insight into the world of air transport.
Opening hours of the Airport, Navigation and Air Transport Museum:
- From Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Tuesday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
- Sunday and Monday
- Closed on the following public holidays:
- Easter Thursday and Good Friday, 24, 25, and 31 December, 1 and 6 January.
- School visits*:
- Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.
- Contact telephones:
- 952 048 176.
Following the official inauguration of Terminal 3 at Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, a new exhibition space has been opened in the arrivals hall.
As part of our endeavour to provide users with services to make their stay at the airport more pleasant, the exhibition hall was created to provide plastic artists with an additional exhibition area to complement the renowned galleries and exhibition halls of Málaga and the Costa del Sol.
This hall replaces the Espacio Didier Daurat, which has been open for ten years in Terminal 2.
If you are interested in exhibiting your work in this space, the rules established for its use are as follows:
1. Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport has an exhibition hall where artists can exhibit their painting, sculptures or any other form of plastic art to promote and advertise their work.
2. The artist/exhibitor must make a written application to the airport management, attaching their CV and a photograph of their work or catalogue of previous exhibitions. This information will be used to select the artists who shall exhibit their work. The selection criteria shall be established exclusively by the airport management.
3. Each exhibition shall last for approximately 10 to 15 days.
4. The artist/exhibitor must previously determine the opening and closing hours of the exhibition, and adapt to the same.
5. The artist/exhibitor is responsible for setting up and taking down the exhibition, and will ensure at all times the good condition of the facilities (you cannot drill holes, nail or stick anything to the walls or the rest of the fittings).
6. The artist will be responsible for the opening and closing of the space, as well as looking after it. In order to do this, the exhibitor will have to be authorised by security and will need: a copy of the Spanish National Identity Card (D.N.I.)/Passport of the person or persons appointed to such effect, a passport photo and payment of a €8.85 fee for issuing a security card. Those responsible for this will collect the key everyday from the Support Office for Passengers, Users and Customers (Reception) for opening, and will return it whenever the room is closed.
7. The artist is responsible for the costs incurred with respect to leaflets and posters for the exhibition. The posters will always be made following the airport management guidelines.
8. There is the possibility that the airport will keep one of the exhibited works, always with the artist's agreement, to become part of its artistic heritage.
9. The exhibitor will have to pay, as a deposit, the sum of €100 to cover any damages that may occur in the exhibition room during the time of the exhibition of his/her work, or when setting up or taking down the exhibition. This deposit will be returned as soon as possible after the exhibition has finished, provided that Aena is satisfied that no damage has been caused. If this is not the case, the total cost of damage will be discounted. All this does not preclude damages that are greater than the deposit, which Aena can claim for.
10. Since the exhibition hall is provided free of charge, the artist/exhibitor releases Aena of responsibility for any damage caused to the works on display, for any reason. Nevertheless, Aena agrees to implement basic measures to avoid such damage.
- Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, External Relations Department.
- Telephone number: 952 048 798.
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, more than 2500 students take part in Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport's Educational Visit Programme. In 2002 it was awarded Aena Aeropuerto's third prize for Excellence and Best Practice.
This programme is designed to present the many different activities of an airport as simply and understandably as possible. It is also intended to help future air travel customers learn about and understand it.
The programme offers all students the opportunity to experience, watch and discover the world of airports, air transport and aviation, and understand its relationship to the social and economic development of our society.
A tour of the airport guided by a monitor who provides explanations where necessary. Points on the itinerary include the fire department and the bird control and eradication service.
Before the visit, schools are provided with teaching material entitled "Get to know the airport". Fun, attractive explanations and exercises help students understand the content they will encounter on the tour.
Visits are intended for students in the 4th year of primary school. They take place on Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 13:30. Only one class (maximum 30 students) per visit.
Visits in English
A tour of the airport guided by a monitor who provides explanations in English where necessary. During the visit, students will fill out a questionnaire with activities related to the topics that were covered and to other aspects that they might have observed on their own.
This type of visit, called Skygate, actively contributes to language learning, and is intended for students in secondary school, GCSE and higher education levels. The programme takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:00 to 12:00. Only one class (maximum 30 students) per visit.
Visit to the Aeronautical Museum
Students tour the museum premises, learning about the world of aeronautics and carrying out experiments. These visits are intended for pre-school, primary, secondary, pre-university and college students. They take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 to 12:30. Only one class (maximum 30 students) per visit.
For several years, the Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport Tour Programme has also worked with the municipal educational programme “Malaga for schoolchildren”. It is part of the Education Services of Malaga Town Council and has consolidated its position as a leading field trip destination for schools in Malaga town and province. This collaboration has led to the inclusion of the Museum tour in the accessible tourist attractions promoted by the City Council's Accessibility Department.
- Head Office
- Telephone: 952 048 019/952 048 798.
- Fax: 952 048 786.
- Email for application forms: email@example.com
- Applications may be sent from: 19 September 2016.
- Visiting period: 2 November 2016 to 31 May 2017.