International Women's Air & Space Museum, Cleveland

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The International Women's Air & Space Museum, Inc. (IWASM) is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to the preservation of the history of women in aviation and space and the documentation of their continuing contributions today and in the future.

The museum began as a committee of the Ninety-Nines in order to collect historical artifacts and memorabilia of women pilots. In 1986, the International Women's Air & Space Museum opened in Centerville, Ohio in the former home of one of the Wright brothers' uncles. Bernice Steadman, an aviator and member of the Mercury 13, was one of the museum's co-founders.
Eventually IWASM outgrew its Centerville home and needed to find a new location. In 1998, the museum moved to Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland where it sits in the terminal's lobby and west concourse. As the airport is a public building, the museum is accessible every day during operating hours and charges no admission fee.

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  • Wonderful museum for anyone interested in women and aviation!! It had a wealth of information and the staff were extremely nice and helpful. Even though it is in the airport terminal, I had the...  more »
  • I was surprised at the amount of information that the museum had on display. It is located in an airport terminal but that couldn't be a more perfect spot! Take your time here and learn about...  more »
  • So I didn't really know what to expect before visiting here, but I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. This museum is located in a small (basically deserted on a Sunday) airport near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is out in the open in the airport (only the gift shop is in an actual room). While the space displays were interesting, the items for the women pioneers in air flight were awesome. There stories are inspiring and some are heartbreaking. Highly recommend.
  • Love this place! A great museum that is free to the public, but sadly has little or no advertisement. And soon the labor day Air Show will be here! The best of what Cleveland Ohio has...come on out and see it!

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