Whether you’ve devoted your life to aviation, are fascinated by history, intrigued by building restoration or just like to meet new people, we’ve got a worthwhile project that could use your help.
The Kansas Aviation Museum offers many volunteer opportunities to accommodate both weekday and weekend schedules. We provide group training sessions, on-the-job training and materials to ensure that you will have a successful and enjoyable volunteer experience.
Here are some of the volunteer opportunities we offer.
• Tour guide
• Historic aircraft restoration
• Building restoration
We’re a great place to volunteer. We recognize the selfless efforts of our dedicated volunteers throughout the year. With parties, pizza, plaques, pins and praise, we say “Thank you!” to all the wonderful people who make this museum go and grow: our volunteers.
If you’re interested, please complete our volunteer form and let us know how you’d like to help.
Kansans truly value Kansas history, especially aviation history, and represent our largest group of visitors. But the museum also hosts visitors from all over the country and the world. In 2006, the museum welcomed visitors from 41 different countries.
As a tour guide, you'll meet some of the nicest people in the world, all interested in the story of Kansas aviation. They could be members of a local scout troop, school children on a field trip, a family on vacation from another state or executives from another country.
Since we opened in 1991, we’ve had visitors from all 50 states and from all over the world, including even Antarctica. As a museum tour guide, you can be right there to meet these interesting folks, sharing the fascinating history of Kansas aviation and the story of our beautiful building.
From handmade gift items to hard-to-find books, our museum store offers a wide variety for diverse interests at affordable prices. Many of our items are made locally and are available only at our store. Our popular children’s items are educational, creative and fun.
As a store volunteer, you help visitors find just the right item for themselves or for a gift. Plus, you get first peek at new items, and you join in the excitement of helping the museum grow.
Hands-on aircraft restoration opportunities – from general maintenance to highly technical work – await those with the requisite expertise and interest. We are home to a variety of general aviation and military aircraft and always have restoration projects ongoing that need care by dedicated and skilled individuals.
Just imagine walking into our lobby and instantly stepping back into the 1930s when air travel was new and exciting. That’s the vision we have, and we’re not stopping until that vision is realized. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum’s home is the original Wichita Municipal Airport terminal. The exterior of this grand art deco building has been restored, but there is much work to do inside.
Our building restoration workers range from Eagle Scouts to retirees. All, however, have one thing in common: they love this unique and remarkable building. Building restoration projects range in size and complexity, so we need volunteers with a variety of skills and talents. Whether you are a Jack-(or Jill)-of-all-trades, a licensed contractor or engineer, or somewhere in between, you’ll find a welcoming group to join. From painting and carpentry to landscape and electrical work, we need your skills.