By Collin Callahan
Atchison, Kansas, the birthplace of Amelia Earhart, is a town dotted with monuments to the pioneering aviator—a statue of Earhart stands downtown just a few blocks from the building (now a museum) where she was born; the bridge crossing the Missouri River bears her name; and just south of the airport there’s a one-acre landscape portrait of her.
Surrounding the airplane are more than a dozen interactive exhibits where visitors can learn about Earhart and aviation. There’s a full-scale mockup of the Electra’s flight deck that visitors can enter, a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp radial engine, and a geared turbofan. Other exhibits touch on topics such as Earhart’s different careers, her contemporaries, and aviation subjects like celestial navigation.
“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,” Karen Seaberg, founder and president of the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation, said in a news release. “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—and like Amelia, encouraging others to boldly pursue their dreams.”
The grand opening will take place at noon on April 14, with celebrations planned throughout the weekend. Pilots flying in can tie down free of charge; arrivals should be coordinated with the FBO. Admission to the museum is $15, with discounts for seniors, members of the military, and children under 12.