Last updated: 8/1/2010
8325 Travelair Road
Houston, TX 77061
|Tuesday - Saturday ||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
$2.00 adults, $1.00 children
The Houston Municipal Airport Terminal is a
beautiful and rare example of classic art deco
airport architecture from the golden age of flight.
The Terminal served Houston during the years
when air travelers dressed in their finest and
embarked for exotic destinations aboard roaring
propliners like the Douglas DC-3 and the
The Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society is restoring the long-vacant
Houston Municipal Airport Terminal for the City of Houston. As the
restoration is completed in phases, the Houston Aeronautical Heritage
Society is outfitting and operating the Terminal as the 1940 Air Terminal
Museum, an interactive museum showcasing the role and importance of civil
aviation since the dawn of manned flight.
While most major cities have razed the beautiful
art deco airport terminals of the 1930s and 1940s, the
Houston Municipal Airport Terminal stands on William P. Hobby Airport as a
quiet monument to the rich and varied history of
aviation in the region.
The Museum is operated by a diverse
organization of volunteer teams, including
docents, gift shop managers and curator's
assistants. One common element of really great
museums of all sizes and types is a dedicated
corps of friendly and helpful volunteers. Contact
us today about volunteer opportunities.
In the future, the 1940 Air Terminal Museum will serve as the centerpiece
for an aggressive, creative educational outreach program which sends
trained volunteers into neighborhood schools and uses aviation heritage to
inspire young people. Currently the museum hosts monthly classes for
home-schooled children in the Houston area.
The first phase of the project, including a complete exterior restoration
of the Terminal, construction of new utility service for the entire
Terminal, and initial restoration of the North wing of the Terminal was
completed in 2003.
The Museum is now open to the public in the North wing, and will continue
to grow while work progresses on the next phase of the Terminal's
Phase II began in January 2008 and includes the abatement of the rest of
the terminal building, the complete re-plastering of the ground and second
floors and the restoration of the atrium to the former glory of 1940.
The Museum hosts a collection of civilian aviation memorabilia and vintage aircraft.
Access: General Public, Students, Scholars
Appointment required: No
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