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All-New Aviation Exhibit Now Open

Soar into this completely renovated 5,100 square-foot aviation exhibit gallery and encounter dozens of hands-on activities that reveal what happens behind-the-scenes in Wichita's aircraft plants.

Exhibit Highlights

  • Design an airplane's seat - just how comfortable should it be?
  • Choose a mission and develop a cargo, military, or ambulance plane.
  • Test landing gear.
  • Enter the 10-foot long 737 fuselage theater and experience stories about our local industry.
  • Climb into a luxurious executive jet and pretend you're a superstar or business mogul.
  • Plot a flight path to an exotic destination using GPS.
  • And much more!

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Get involved!
Exploration Place is seeking volunteers who are current and former aviation professionals. We can work with your schedule! For more information contact: Dee Wright, Volunteer Coordinator (316) 660-0653 or

Lead Donors

National Aeronautics
    and Space Administration*
Spirit AeroSystems

Textron Aviation

Bombardier Learjet
Estate of Muriel C. Braden
Bill and Lisa Farris
and Kansas Oklahoma Machine Tools, Inc.
The Fidelity Bank Foundation
Jeff and Rhonda Turner

Berry Foundation
S.M. and Laura H. Brown Trust
Click Bond, Inc.
Computer Training Systems
Cox Machine, Inc.
Steve and Janis Cox
Fiber Dynamics, Inc.
Grumpy Old Men
IMA Foundation
J.R. Custom Metal Products, Inc.
Metal Finishing Company
Regasa AeroSpace
Richard Moore Family
Cindy and Barry Schwan
Sharpline Converting
Signature Flight
Southwest Airlines Co.

*Support provided through grant #NNXI6AM19G.

Media Partners

The Wichita Eagle