Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego Kraków
Polish Aviation Museum Kraków
The only institution in Poland dedicated to aviation in Poland and around the world. The Museum is located in the area of the former Rakowice-Czyżyny military airport – one of the oldest established airports in Europe. The museum is home to the only surviving Russian Grigorovich M-15 flying boat, built in 1916, and a collection of 25 planes belonging to Herman Göring that ended up in the Museum after being left behind by the fleeing German forces. The CNN portal listed the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków among the twenty most interesting aviation museums in the world in 2019.
The Museum is located in a state-of-the-art museum building, which houses a unique collection featuring rare airplanes – in some cases, they are the only surviving specimens worldwide. The Wings of the Great War exhibition in the Small Hangar features a collection of World War I aircraft, including military aircraft fuselages, a 1916 Russian Grigorovich M-15 flying boat and the fuselage of the famous English Sopwith F.1 Camel fighter plane. The key part of the collection is presented in the new permanent exhibition – Wings and People of the 20th Century. Its main section is located in the restored historic Main Hangar, where you can find Polish pre-war planes and World War II-era designs. The Museum has nearly all types of Polish Air Force combat jets, including numerous Yaks, Ilyushin, Sukhoi and MiG designs. The open-air exhibition features Polish and international post-war airplanes used by the Polish air forces and civil aviation. Walking down MiG Avenue, you can admire fighters and military aircraft originating from the USSR and Western countries, some of which are still used by air forces worldwide, including the Polish Air Force. The exhibition also features Polish and licensed helicopters, including the Mi-8, which was used by the Polish Pope, and gliders – designs renowned in many countries around the world. The Museum also holds a collection of flight uniforms and memorabilia associated with the Polish astronaut – General Mirosław Hermaszewski. Currently, the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków remains one of the largest venues of its kind in Europe.