Museum of Flight 


The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting 540,346 visitors in 2013 to experience exhibits, participate in educational and public programs. In 2013, 156,815 K-12 students and teachers were impacted through 2,180 educational programs making it one of the largest educational institutions in the state and delivering on the heart of its mission. Through support of numerous corporate and community foundations the Museum aggressively pursues opportunities to provide financial assistance to underserved individuals and schools to create learning opportunities for all young people regardless of their resources.

Mission Statement
The Museum's mission is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts, which provide a foundation for scholarly research, and lifelong learning programs that inspire an interest in and understanding of science, technology, and the humanities with the vision of being the foremost educational air and space museum in the world.
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Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S 
(206) 764-5720 

Douglas R. King 
President & CEO 


Museum of Flight Programs

The Museum's mission focuses on education, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as the humanities. Participants are served through the Museum's on-site and outreach education initiatives-including our ACE summer camp, Aviation and Challenger Learning Centers and distance learning programs. The Museum is dedicated to serving learners of all ages with programs that meet the needs of all audiences across the state, the country and the world.

Library and Archive
A truly world-class museum requires a substantial library and archive. The Museum of Flight's aeronautical library and archives are the largest on the West Coast of the United States. Each year teachers, researchers, authors and film-makers visit the Museum in search of original source material to further the collective knowledge and understanding of flight. In 2013, 2,155 researchers were served through the library and archive collections.

Exhibits & Programs
More than 150 historic air and space craft are at the heart of the exhibits and programs that educate and entertain visitors. The Museum hosts more than 50 public programs each year, including lectures, aircraft fly-ins, and films. In addition to the many permanent exhibits, the Museum provides several temporary exhibits each year on a wide range of subjects. Our educational programs, library and exhibits work together to bring the history of aviation to life, honoring its past and inspiring future generations.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

In 2012, The Museum of Flight took delivery of NASA's Full Fuselage Trainer (FFT). This full-sized Space Shuttle simulated environment now serves as the centerpiece of the developing "Spaceflight Academy" exhibit within the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery. The exhibit tells the story of the impact the Space Shuttle and International Space Station have made on manned spaceflight as well as the important story of where private and commercial spaceflight will take us in the near future.

Surrounded by highly interactive exhibits, the FT is the only internally-accessible, complete shuttle-based learning environment in the world. Visitors are able to move through the cargo bay and get inside the crew compartment. This new exhibit has already become a focal point for agencies and organizations working in the growing commercial/private space flight sector as evidenced by a NASA Future Forum meeting held in the fall of 2011 and Planetary Resources holding their ground-breaking announcement about mining asteroids in the spring of 2012. Through this exhibit the Museum, is quickly becoming recognized as THE organization leading the way in telling the current and future story of space flight. 

A critical effort for the Museum’s future is our “Inspiration Begins Here” Comprehensive Campaign which focuses on three primary objectives: an enhanced world-class collection, an expanded interactive visitor experience and delivery of outstanding aviation related, informal STEM-based education programs. Results will empower Museum staff with the work setting, tools, technology, training and teams necessary to deliver on a robust set of goals into the next decade.

A new West Campus Aviation Center will serve to guarantee the safety and preservation of the Museum's large aircraft collection which includes aircraft such as an iconic Boeing B29 & B17, the first Boeing 747, British Airways Concorde “Alpha Golf”, and a Lockheed Super Constellation. This complex will also integrate the recently opened Raisbeck Aviation High School directly into the Museum, creating a dynamic learning environment for 400 STEM-focused high school students.


The Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world.

Proven Success
The Museum of Flight is receiving a full-fuselage space shuttle trainer. The space shuttle trainer is the only one of its kin in the world and is the simulator in which every space shuttle astronaut trained for space flight. They were disappointed not to receive a space shuttle but feel the trainer is an exciting educational artifact that will be the centerpiece of their Space Gallery. Visitors will be able to walk inside the trainer and see where the shuttle astronauts trained.

The Museum of Flight offers a wide range of educational programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. It is core to their mission to broaden science literacy within a historical context and increase the number of young people exposed to STEM related subject material and career opportunities.

The Museum has increased the number of general visitors and educational impact in the past two years. The Museum was recently reaccredited by the American Association of Museums in 2009 and became a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2007.

They have a strong partnership with Highline School District's Aviation High School who utilize the Museum’s facility, library and archives. The Museum of Flight’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast.

They are working with Woodland Park Zoo, Pacific Science Center, Burke Museum, Seattle Aquarium & Islandwood to explore ways to increase efficiencies and impact.

Douglas King is the new president and ceo and started in January 2011. He comes from the St. Louis Science Center.

They broke ground in the summer of 2010 for their new 15,500 square foot Space Gallery is being built on the west side of East Marginal Way and will connect to the main building by the T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridget. After completion of the Space Gallery, construction will begin on a new building for the Aviation High School on the Museum campus.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

9/10/2012 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
9/10/2011 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
9/10/2009 $27,000.00support the purchase of software.
6/16/2005 $20,000.00support the redesign and improvements to the website.


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