Aviation Heritage Park has begun a capital campaign with the goal of raising $2.5 million to build a 11,000 square foot museum in the park. There is a generous, anonymous matching grant for all donations. Click here to donate to the museum building fund and have your donation doubled.
The entryway leans inside to a lobby featuring an array of rotating exhibits. From there visitors will make their way around glass exhibit cases and into the main arena.
The interior of the museum will be exposed metal and beam construction, highlighted by a spacious, open concept, two-story commons area surrounded by a catwalk-like mezzanine metal deck. The deck will allow visitors to view hanging displays and get a bird’s eye view of exhibit space below. This exhibit space will feature cutting edge, interactive, and educational displays telling the stories of significant southcentral Kentucky aviators.
The interior will also house meeting rooms, office space, a visitor lounge, storage, and a maintenance shop. The entire facility will be climate controlled to protect artifacts on display.
The exterior is a metal structure with a brick and mortar facade. The front is designed to recreate hangars built during WWII at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The art-deco front will feature a large windowed entry protected by a supported canopy with the AHP logo above. The entry way is flanked by industrial columns, each highlighted with oversized, gold-colored eagle wings, again reminiscent of Schofield. Each column is topped with the national colors.
The central portion of the main building will be flanked by shed attachments to house the maintenance shop, offices, and classrooms. Long banks of windows along the outsides will highlight the sheds.
Surrounding the museum will be additional display areas for more static, outdoor artifacts, additional parking and picnic / play area for family enjoyment.
Once open, much of the space will be available for facility rental for organization meetings, corporate outings and private events and functions.
AHP Museum Ground Breaking- October 10, 3 pm
Aviation Heritage Park (AHP) will kick off their capital campaign for a $2.5 million aviation museum by turning dirt to mark the start of the first phase of construction. The kick-off ceremony will take place Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 3 pm at Aviation Heritage Park located at 1825 Three Springs Rd, Bowling Green, KY. The Museum will include classroom and meeting spaces, state-of-the-art displays, interpretive exhibits, and a restoration facility, in total covering some 11,000 square feet of floor area. You can donate to this building fund via Paypal or credit card by clicking the graphic in this story.
Phase one of construction will include grading and site work as well as constructing a storage building, pouring a concrete slab for the restoration facility, and the beginnings of utilities.
Early donors and supporters of the expansion of AHP include the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jim Johnson, Dr. Robert Perez, Wilson Blackmon, Hilliard Lyons, Bob & Norma Kirby, R.M. Thomas and Elizabeth Howe-Curtis.
The Museum is set to open by 2020.
In the News
Aviation Heritage Park has launched plans to build a museum to accompany the aircraft on display at AHP located on the corner of Three Springs Road and Smallhouse in Bowling Green, KY. This museum will display airplanes and artifacts in honor of regional aviation pioneers. Sean Baute from WBKO reports on the $150,000 grant awarded by the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau.