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The mission of the TWA Museum is to provide information to the public emphasizing the story, history and importance of the major role TWA played in pioneering commercial aviation.
From the birth of airmail to the inception of passenger air travel, to the post-WWII era of global route expansion, TWA led the way for 75 years.

 

TWA Museum Board of Directors
Pam Blaschum-Director
Karen Holden Young-Early History
Ann Noland-Volunteer Coordinator
Nancy Sitzmann-Event Coordinator
Mary Ellen Miller- Member
John Mays-Library & Research
Chris Funk-Treasurer
Christopher Nold-Simulator & Scout Programs

 
  Please note: the museum will be closed for renovations from Jan. 17th to Feb. 13th.

Museum Hours
Tuesday – Saturday 816-234-1011
10AM - 4PM*
-Call to schedule a Special Tour
-Closed Major Holidays
-Check Events for Holiday Updates
* Call first during inclement weather

Admission
-Adults                                  $10.00
-Children 6-16                    $7.00
-Children 5 and under     FREE
-Seniors                                $7.00
-Active Military
  Personel (w/ID)               FREE
-Signature VIP
  PassHolder                         FREE

 

Emeritus Executive Committee
August 2010 - August 2012
This committee was responsible for the relocation and establishment
of the the TWA Museum to it's home here at 10 NW Richards Road.
Their hard work and dedication to this project is greatly appreciated.

Back Row:  Mary Ellen Miller - Pat Brinkman - Zana Allen
Pam Blaschum - Karen Martin - Pam Dennis - Joy DeCoursey
Front Row:  Linda Maloney Liberty - Betsy Martin

 

Signature Flight Support
A BBA Aviation plc company has given the museum its new home in their building at 10 NW Richards Road.

The TWA Museum's goal is to ensure a permanent, expanding and professionally exhibited collection of artifacts that bring the story of TWA to life here in Kansas City, where it all began.  The Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of Trans World Airlines' leadership in the world of commercial aviation.

Instrument Shop mechanic Tom Perry collected TWA items for many years and displayed them throughout the Trans World Airlines MCI Overhaul Base in Kansas City.

 

TWA eventually donated a large space for Tom's collection near the employee cafeteria in the MCI Overhaul Base. The employees built a special case that exhibited his many items. The opening of the TWA Museum highlighted the pride  that was and still is typical of virtually all former TWA employees for their company.

Over the years, with the closing of TWA's Kansas City Administration Center, the St. Louis Training Center and the Overhaul Base all museum items and displays came together at the Kansas City Expo Center.

TWA was a major sponsor for the 1996 celebration of the Smithsonian's 150th Anniversary, and the TWA Museum's collection traveled to twelve cities over a period of two years as part of "America's Smithsonian" Exhibit.

The TWA Museum became a Chapter of the Platte County Historical Society in 1985 and was under the direction of Marie Trainer. In 2010 Pam Blaschum took over the direction of the TWA Museum and with Pat Brinkman worked diligently to secure a space for the TWA Museum in the original building that was built in 1931 to accommodate the newly formed TWA corporate headquarters.

Under the direction of Zana Allen, assisted by Karen Martin, the process of securing the Museum's own 501(c)3 status was completed in May 2013. In August 2013 the TWA Museum was granted its separate 501(c)3 status. A great big thank you to the Platte County Historical Society and its Board for preserving the history of TWA and protecting its artifacts. The memory of TWA has been assured a place in history through the TWA Museum at 10 Richards Road.

 
 

Updated January 3, 2017

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