The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum has made significant headway toward the nonprofit group's fundraising goal of $15 million, having secured more than $10 million from FedEx, Garmin, and Lockheed Martin, among others. The nonprofit group said yesterday. The museum, set to open in 2023, will be housed in a recently constructed 17,000-sq-ft hangar and terminal at the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport (K59) in Atchison, Kansas—the birthplace of the world-renowned aviatrix.
Exhibit fabrication and construction will soon commence under the partnership of Kansas-based experience design firm Dimensional Innovations. The exhibits will blend science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, immersive activities, and historical storytelling that will "transcend the typical museum experience" and "honor Earhart’s pioneering legacy while inspiring the next generation of aviation and aerospace pioneers in the pursuit of flight," according to the museum.
“We’re thrilled to work alongside the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum to help tell the incredible story of Amelia and her impact on aviation,” said Tucker Trotter, CEO of Dimensional Innovations. “Each experience will immerse museum-goers by exemplifying Amelia’s adventurous spirit and showcasing the many generations she positively influenced.”
At the heart of the museum is Muriel, the world's last existing Lockheed Electra 10-E, which was recently procured by the organization. Named after Amelia's younger sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, the aircraft is identical to the one that Earhart flew on her final attempt around the globe. Surrounding Muriel will be 13 exhibits that will "take visitors on an engaging and educational journey through Earhart’s life, from growing up in Atchison to the height of her worldwide fame." said the museum.
“Our vision to celebrate Amelia Earhart’s world-renowned legacy to defy the odds and pursue her dreams is coming to life,” said Karen Seaberg, founder and president of the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum. “We’re grateful for the generous support we continue to receive as we build this state-of-the-art museum in Amelia’s hometown—where her dreams began and will continue to encourage future generations to imagine their own possibilities.”