International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM)

Located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, the International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM) in Cleveland is dedicated to the history of women in aviation. Established in 1968, the mission of Museum is to highlight and preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to showcase their continuing contributions in the industry today and in the future. Photo: International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM)

»History

History


The International Women’s Air & Space Museum was born when the committee of Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots formed in 1929, began collecting memorabilia and other items about the history of female pilots. The Museum opened in Centerville, Ohio in 1986 and features a variety of informative exhibits, displays and presentations documenting the story of women in flight. Photo: International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM)

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»Exhibits

Exhibits


Permanent exhibitions at The International Women’s Air & Space Museum feature a wide variety of exhibits and displays that showcase the women who have made an impact in the air and space industry, including Amelia Earhart, Jackie Cochran, Katharine Wright, Bessie Coleman, Ruth Nichols, Harriet Quimby, Katharine Wright, and the WASP, Jackie Cochran.

Temporary and traveling exhibitions include displays showcasing the lives of two WASP, Margaret "Maggie" Ray Ringenberg and Marilyn "Mitzie" Miller Saunders, and a presentation on the life of Ruby Wine Sheldon who flew missions from the Panama Canal to Alaska. Another exhibit pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster and the 13th anniversary of the Columbia disaster. Photo: International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM)

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»Visitor Information

Visitor Information


The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is located at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland and is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and admission is free. Tours and Boxed Lunch Tours of the Museum are available for all group sizes and need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

IWASM also offers location talks during which visitors can enjoy presentations by guest speakers on a variety of topics. The Museum also provides a range of educational programs for children of all ages, including Aviation Adventures and Space Travels. Other museum programs include guided tours, lectures, career development seminars and an annual family day.

The Museum is home to the Fay Gillis Wells Research Center, which serves as a classroom to educate youths in a series of educational programs that focus on the careers and the history of women in air and space travel. The Gift Shop can be found at the Center and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Burke Lakefront Airport, Rm 165 1501 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, website, Phone: 216-623-1111 Photo: International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM)

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