Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow is one of the best institutions of its kind in the world. After the last renovation, the exposition was elevated to an unprecedented level. Interia.pl is one of the patrons of the project.
You can start your visit at the exhibition located in the historic Main Hangar, built between 1929 and 1931. It has been comprehensively renovated and extended with an internal mezzanine, making it easier to see the aircraft displayed on three levels.
The exhibits collected here cover the historical background of the development of military aviation from the 1920s to the second half of the 1950s. On display are not only the aircraft themselves, but also the complicated lives of Polish aviators and aircraft engineers who contributed to the development of world aviation.
Special attractions include a tour of the interiors of two legendary aircraft – the Junkers Ju-52 and the licensed Soviet version of the Douglas C-47 Skytrain – the Lisunov Li-2, as well as the opportunity to use simulators and try flying a small pre-war aircraft, sit at the controls of a MiG-21PFM fighter and test yourself in combat with German fighters on the simulator of the position of the gunner on the deck of the American bomber B-17.
In the hangar there is also a place for a mini cinema, where you can sit in airplane seats, and a café – Aerocafe.
The main hangar of the museum has changed completely. It was divided into thematic sectors. One of the interesting features is the blue gate – the original one, which stood at the entrance to the airport in Northolt, which during World War II was the main base of the Polish fighter aviation.
Author: Slawek Zagorski
For years, the former garages and engine room were permeated with the smell of aviation lubricants and kerosene. The exhibition “History Warehouses” was organized there. – arranged in the convention of a railroad siding, the place where its most valuable exhibits were found in 1945.
– Aviation museums of worldwide and timeless value have been only dusted and pre-protected in order to evoke the feeling of being with history through the original state of preservation of the museum pieces, and not only their presentation as refurbished machines from “that time” – explains Krzysztof Mroczkowski – curator and originator of the exhibition, as well as deputy director of the Museum.
A visit to the Metamuseum is a unique opportunity to play with aviation. In the “Engine Room” you can see the largest collection of aircraft engines in Europe, if not the world, while visiting the “Aviation Archaeology” you can stand eye to eye with the museum’s artefacts recovered through archaeological excavations from the sites of aircraft crashes. Two rooms are devoted to the wreck of the A-26 Havoc torpedo-bomber plane excavated from the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
Here a note of caution, as drastic content is presented in the exhibition.
The exhibition is part of the “Revitalization of the Rakowice-Czyżyny airport and its adaptation for the needs of the Museum of Polish Aviation in Krakow” project, worth over 19,000,000 PLN, financed by the European Union, the Malopolska Region and the Museum itself.
The exhibition will be open to the public from March 16, 2021.
Around the world about 70 aircraft from the pioneering aviation period and the Great War have been preserved, 13 of which are in the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow. This collection is considered one of the most serious in the world. It was found on a railroad siding.