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Museum of Polish Aviation

Museum of Polish Aviation

Al. Jan Pawła II 39

- Monday: Museum closed
- Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - free admission - outdoor exhibition only
- Wednesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturdays & Sundays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Ticket office is closed 30 minutes prior to the museum's closing time.

The museum covers part of the terrain and buildings of the former Rakowice-Czyżyny air force base, one of Europe's oldest permanent airfields. At the turn of the last century the balloon company of the 2nd Fortified Artillery Corps of Krakow Fortress was stationed here. In 1918 the Rakowice airport became one of the points of the first regular airmail route in Europe, connecting Vienna with Kiev and Odessa. On October 31st, 1918 the base came under the command of the Polish military authorities, becoming the first airport in independent Poland.

The museum, formed in 1964, houses exhibits connected with world aviation technology in its rich collections of world-class significance. It includes aeroplanes, gliders, helicopters, anti-aircraft rockets and aircraft engines. The exhibits include items, which are unique on a global scale, such as fuselages of German fighter aircraft from the First World War: Halberstadt Cl.II, Albatros C.I, Aviatik C.III and Roland D.VI. Visitors can also see the only fully preserved Russian flying boat, the Grigorovich M.15 from 1916, the German plane Albatros B.IIa and the fuselage of the famed English fighter aircraft, the Sopwith F.1 Camel built in 1917.

The museum also has the only remaining pre-war military aircraft: the PZL P.11c fighter, a participant in the air war in September 1939, and the PWS 26 training aircraft. Alongside them are Polish tourist planes: the RWD 13 from 1935 and RWD 21 from 1939.

On exhibit are also post-war Polish aircraft as well as foreign-produced aircraft used by Polish aviators, both military and civilian. The museum has examples of almost every type of jet fighter used by the Polish Air Force, including numerous Yaks, Ils, Sus, and MiGs (and their Polish licensed versions – Lims). There are also Polish and licensed helicopters and gliders, known in many countries throughout the world.
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  • Program regionalny
  • województwo maloposkie
  • Unia Europejska
The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013