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Museum of Flight 

Description

The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting 561,075 visitors in 2014 to experience exhibits, participate in educational and public programs. In 2014, 162,217 preK-12 students and teachers were impacted through 2,234 educational programs making it one of the largest educational institutions in the state and delivering on the heart of its mission. Through support of many individuals, 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 
Tukwila 
WA
98108-4046 
(206) 764-5720 

Douglas R. King 
President & CEO 

Programs

Museum of Flight Programs

Education
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 world-class museum requires an equally world-class library and archive. The Museum of Flight's aerospace 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 2014, more than 2,400 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 and science of flight to life, honoring its past and inspiring future generations.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Alaska Airlines has partnered with the Museum to open the new Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center (AAAEC). Located in the Museum’s iconic Great Gallery, the Center is the nexus for all education-related activities at the Museum. Students can access college and career data, scholarship information, and meet with leaders from the aerospace community.

The AAAEC includes a number of enhancements and renovations encompassing the Aviation and Challenger Learning Centers, making both more visible and accessible to Museum visitors. The partnership also strengthens the Museum’s commitment to access and diversity by increasing community outreach (particularly to underrepresented populations) and additional financial assistance resources.

On April 6, 2015 construction began on the new Aviation Pavilion (AP). The AP 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, Boeing 747 #RA001, a British Airways Concorde, and the first jet Air Force One, SAM-970. When complete, the AP will connect Raisbeck Aviation High School directly with the Museum, creating a dynamic learning environment for 400 STEM-focused high school students and double the effective space for exhibits and education programs.

Evaluation


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.

Collaboration
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.

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

Sustainability
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:

DateAmountPurpose
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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