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 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.
A critical effort for the Museum’s future is our “Inspiration Begins Here” Comprehensive Campaign which focuses on four pillar objectives 1) Expand and strengthen educational programming; 2) Provide all visitors with a high-quality museum experience through enhanced and interactive exhibits; 3) Ensure long-term financial sustainability for the Museum; 4) Guarantee the long-term safety of our most treasured artifacts, starting with the construction of a new Aviation Pavilion.
On April 6, 2014 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 1, 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 nearly double the effective space for exhibits and education programs.