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It’s so much more than airplanes and rockets: It’s about the young girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut and discovering new worlds; the war hero sharing stories of the B-17 with his grandkids; the little boy mesmerized by the speed of the Blackbird; the teenage engineer who just built his first robot. It’s about discovery and inspiration, about daring to dream bigger than ever before. It’s The Museum of Flight.

The Museum of Flight is thrilled to announce that as of January 1, 2017 the Inspiration Begins Here! Campaign has reached its fundraising goals – and then some! The generosity of nearly 950 individuals, companies and organizations within our community and around the world has enabled the Museum to raise over $77 million for more programs, exhibits, facilities upgrades and events. Visit the Museum today and see your support in action!


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103% of our $77M goal - we did it!

It only takes one spark of inspiration to ignite a child’s ambition to learn and explore.

The Museum of Flight provides as many “spark” opportunities as possible to encourage the next generation of engineers, pilots and astronauts to dream big. Inspiration Begins Here! puts our visitors at the center of everything. Every new program that we add, every event we host, every renovation and improvement – it’s all to give our community the best Museum experience that we can provide.

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Thanks to The Museum of Flight’s education programs, thousands of young men and women can pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering and math to find the perfect fulfilling, stimulating career.

DR. LAUREN EDGARspark_orange

Research Geologist,
Astrogeology Center,
U.S. Geological Survey

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The Museum of Flight is where many children first develop a love of learning. With everything from robots and planets, to nanotechnology and launching rockets – it’s a whole world of discovery and fun for all ages.

ESTA MARGOLISspark_green

Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE) Camper

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The Museum of Flight gives students the tools to continue developing their skills long after they graduate. With programs that provide resources for entering and excelling in the work force, students have everything they need to succeed in a STEM career!

XHELAN SYLVEspark_blue

RAHS Student and
Michael P. Anderson Scholar

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Be a spark of inspiration!


Our visitors and community are at the heart of everything we do at The Museum of Flight. This comprehensive campaign is already creating more opportunities for the next generation of pilots, astronauts and engineers to learn and discover. With your help, we can celebrate the history of human ambition and soar to new heights.

Donate Now

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Give Today

Be a spark of inspiration at The Museum of Flight.


Make a Gift of Stock

Maximize your tax benefit while supporting your Museum!


Make a Planned Gift

Honor your past by providing opportunities for the next generation.


Ask Us

Have we sparked your interest yet? Learn more!


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Recognition Opportunities

The Museum of Flight is proud to honor everyone who has been a part of our first 50 years of aerospace excellence. As part of the Inspiration Begins Here! campaign, the Museum offers both permanent and multi-year recognition opportunities for generous donors.

*Already named

Gifts of $5,000 or more will be recognized on the permanent campaign donor wall.

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Thank you to the following corporate partners for their leadership in supporting Inspiration Begins Here!






Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Spirit AeroSystems

SRG Partnership, Inc.

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Donate Now

Join the Inspiration Begins Here! Campaign and your support can be the spark of inspiration that will last a lifetime – and beyond!

For more information on giving to the campaign, contact:
Trip Switzer, VP of Development

Campaign Leadership

Inspiration Begins Here! is grateful to the guidance, oversight and fundraising efforts of its volunteer leadership:

Campaign Chair

Bill Ayer

Campaign Steering Committee

Jon Bowman
Kevin Callaghan
Bob Genise
Michael Hallman
Nancy Hogan
Craig Howard
Jim Johnson
Mike Koss
Ned Laird
Marilyn Metz
John Purvis
James Raisbeck
Anne Simpson
Steve Taylor

Stay Current

Campaign Newsletter

Keep track of the latest Inspiration Begins Here! news with The Museum of Flight’s campaign newsletters and donor reports.

The Museum Campaign in the Media

A lot of exciting events are happening here at The Museum of Flight as part of our Inspiration Begins Here! Campaign – and people are noticing!

May 21, 2017: How Jeff Bezos’ passion for space is inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and explorers (GeekWire)

May 20, 2017: Museum of Flight shows off rare Apollo artifacts (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

May 19, 2017: ‘Apollo’ exhibit: Jeff Bezos’ recovered rocket engines debut in Seattle (Collect Space)

May 18, 2017: Apollo moon rocket engines finally fill a place of honor at Museum of Flight (GeekWire)

May 18, 2016: The Eagle has landed at the Museum of Flight (KING)

All Campaign News >>

Have We Sparked Your Interest? Learn More!

Become a part of the Museum Campaign!

If you have any questions, or would like information on a specific program or campaign project, let us know!

Trip Switzer
Vice President of Development
(206) 764-5721

The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108

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