The Kansas Aviation Museum is housed in Wichita’s original municipal airport terminal, dedicated in 1935. Our historic building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reflects the art-deco style of its time. The rich and famous from Fred Astaire to Howard Hughes once walked its grand terrazzo halls.
When we moved into the building in the early 1990s, it had suffered from years of neglect and utilitarian alterations. A $900,000 renovation project completed in 2005 has restored the building’s exterior to its former glory. The grand front entrance re-emerged from beneath a covering façade. All of the windows were restored to 1935 condition. And the viewing deck, which had been enclosed, is once again open.
Now we’re working on the interior. We’ve made much progress, but much more remains to be done. Donations are welcome, of course. We also have plenty of work if you’d like to volunteer some time to one of our restoration projects.