Come to the Historical Building of the National Museum to commemorate the stories of bravery, honour and personal sacrifice of Czechoslovak fighters for the liberation and restoration of the Czechoslovak state, in their struggle against not only fascism.
Eighty years ago, in 1939, many Czechoslovak pilots left the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and the Slovak Republic. A large number of them found their way to Great Britain, where they joined the newly created Czechoslovak Squadron of the Royal Air Force. The exhibition Knights of the Heaven is dedicated to fighter and bomber pilots, technicians and other aviation personnel of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Women‘s Auxiliary Air Force.
The exhibition provides a long list of all two and half thousand people, with their basic biographical data, large-scale photographs, audio-visual material and, most particularly, dozens of original items that belonged to important figures in the RAF – the Generals Fajtl, Liškutín, Bryks, Nedved and others. The atmosphere is enriched by exhibits relating to air force actions: complete uniforms, diaries, state decorations, badges of individual squadrons and weapons.
The exhibition shows the military achievements and tragic ends of both remembered and neglected heroes of the air force from World War II. It does not forget their often sad fates after the war. Various kinds of discrimination escalated, particularly after the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia came to power in February 1948. Previous inclusion in Western units and resistance to the emerging ideology in many cases ended in imprisonment or other forms of persecution. For many pilots, it resulted in their exile. Only the events of 1989 brought the surviving RAF pilots and their families the deserved recognition.
On Monday–Friday morning (8 am–10 am) admission is reserved for school groups only.
Permanent exhibitions will open gradually to visitors during 2019 and in 2020.
Due to the limited capacity of the dome, tickets cannot be purchased in advance, but only on the day of the visit, on presentation of a valid ticket to the museum. Viewing of the cupola is allowed only after purchasing a ticket for a particular time at the museum's cash desk.
Visitors are admitted to the cupola in groups at 30 minute intervals between 10:30 and 17:30.
Due to the character of the building and its technical capacity, access to the dome is not barrier-free.
Groups: 10% discount from the standard admission fee – for an organised group of 30 or more people with collective paymen (except for school groups).
Free admission: Children up to 6 years; children from children’s homes or SOS children’s villages; holders of physical disability cards (ZTP, ZTP/P and people accompanying them); ICOM, the National Museum Society; holders of the Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card.
Filming, taking photos (no flash) for noncommercial use – free with valid ticket.
The ticket must be kept for the duration of the visit.
An online ticket is valid for 30 days after its purchase.