Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum To Open Next Week


The Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation is holding the grand opening ceremony for the new Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum on Friday, April 14. Located at the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport (K59) in Atchison, Kansas, the museum features the world’s last remaining Lockheed Electra 10-E, called Muriel, as its centerpiece. It will also offer 14 interactive “STEM and history storytelling” exhibit areas.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate our grand opening and welcome visitors of all ages to journey through Amelia Earhart’s trailblazing life as a world-renowned aviator, innovator, educator and activist,” said Karen Seaberg, Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation founder and president. “It is an honor to bring Amelia’s courageous and persevering legacy to life in her Atchison, Kansas, hometown where the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum is dedicated to inspiring all generations in the pursuit of flight.”

Friday’s ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at noon local time with “remarks from elected officials, Museum leaders, and special guests including members of the Earhart family.” Following the grand opening, museum hours will run Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Organizers noted that pilots flying in to visit the museum will be able to tie down their aircraft free of charge. As previously reported by AVweb, construction began on the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum last year aided by contributions from companies including FedEx, Garmin International and Lockheed Martin.

Further information is available on the museum’s website at

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Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. “to journey through Amelia Earhart’s trailblazing life as a world-renowned aviator, innovator, educator and activist,” ”

    She was a self promoting opportunist that neither innovated, educated nor trail-blazed.
    She was in it to be famous, write books, and make money.
    Other than promoting the American way, she was was hardly a great aviator and that is what eventually ended her career and life.

  2. Kudos to all who put the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum.

    Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh achieved amazing things in early American aviation inspiring others to get involved. Lindbergh was a barnstormer, and air mail pilot, gaining worldwide fame as the first person to fly alone across the Atlantic and lived long enough to achieve greater glory and defamation in the process. Earhart was also a pioneer, as she was a daring woman who became an avant-garde pilot, a fascinating feat in her time. She showed and reinforced that women could do anything men could do and encouraged other women to follow their dreams as aeronauts. There is room for all in aviation history.

  3. I believe we should respect the dead, but also to be honest about their life. Facts are facts and we should not bend the rules because of fame or fortune. That’s how history is lost. Let’s limit make believe to superheroes.

  4. On the Dark Side of Superheroes.
    Amelia Earhart, a badass aviator, innovator, educator, and activist, disappeared while trying to fly around the world in 1937. Some people think she might have been a government spy, while others accuse her of being too “manly” and hooking up with her flight instructor. Talk about mile-high club!

    Charles Lindbergh, the dude who flew solo across the Atlantic, got a lot of heat for his views on Jews and for being BFFs with Nazi Germany. He had a thing for the ladies but apparently not his flight instructor. Lindbergh was all about staying out of World War II, and some think he was a hero for it, while others think he was a bonehead. Either way, Earhart and Lindbergh are early American aviation influencers.