The exhibition We Will Never Give Up! presents one of the most important events in Czech history in the 20th century: The removal of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 and the bravery of Czechoslovak soldiers and ordinary inhabitants of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The exhibition focuses on the 38 days of the second martial law between May 27 and July 3, 1942. It focuses on the fate of brave people who joined the resistance or became victims of the occupiers, elites and ordinary people, families, teenagers, women. All this is, of course, in the context of the years before and after 1942.

The exhibition logically presents the political and war context before and especially after the successful elimination of Heydrich. It highlights Munich 1938, the subsequent emigration, the support for the Czechoslovak government and army in the United Kingdom. Then, after the attack on Heydrich, the reaction of the Great Powers, the denunciation of the Munich Agreement and the development of the Protectorate until the liberation in 1945, including dealing with the consequences of the second martial law in the post-war courts.

The exhibition includes approximately one hundred collection items from the National Museum, the Military History Institute and the National Technical Museum. The emphasis is on authenticity and emotion (paratroopers' items, prisoners' items, a number from the Lidice school, General Eliáš's items, the Libuše transmitter, postcards from concentration camps, as well as everyday objects and items illustrating war events on the Western and Eastern fronts and in Africa.

The exhibition includes a space where a “protectorate cinema” is prepared with a montage of contemporary materials from the period of the second martial law between May 27 and July 3, 1942, materials from the National Film Archive. 

The National Museum is responsible for commemorating the events of 1942. It also guarantees a web signpost www.1942.cz, where the exhibition and the events of other institutions are presented.

Opening hours

Monday 10:00  -  18:00
Tuesday 10:00  -  18:00
Wednesday 10:00  -  18:00
Thursday 10:00  -  18:00
Friday 10:00  -  18:00
Saturday 10:00  -  18:00
Sunday 10:00  -  18:00

Entrance fees

Tickets can be purchased on-line, or at the box office in the Historical or New Building.

The Museum complex + cupola

Adult 250 CZK
Reduced Reduced:
– senior citizens over the age of 65
– juveniles 15–18 years old
– holders of ISIC or ITIC cards
– high school and university students upon presentation of a student identity card
150 CZK
Children up to 15 years Only accompanied by an adult FREE ADMISSION

The e-ticket is valid for 30 days from the day of purchase for a one time entry.

Free admission (tickets only available at the box office): children from children’s homes or SOS children’s villages; holders of physical disability cards (ZTP, ZTP/P and people accompanying them); holders of cards: ICOM, Slovak National Museum, the National Museum Society, Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card, employee of a contributory organization of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (+ 3 pers.)

Visiting rules of the Museum Complex of the National Museum

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