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Wings of the North Air Museum, Eden Prairie

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Military Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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Wings of the North is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in February of 1998. Our mission is to preserve and present aviation history.

We arose from the vacuum created when Planes of Fame East Museum's aircraft relocated to California and the museum was closed for good. In its wake, several volunteers chose to ignore this setback and form a new museum. In less than six months, the group coordinated Mustang Roundup ‘98, a major flying event.

Long term goals include plans for a major, world class museum and educational facility in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. This will involve a tremendous amount of effort in fundraising, acquiring aircraft and memorabilia and creating displays and events for the public.

Our first event was a gathering of P-51 Mustang fighters in May of 1998. Followed by Mustang Roundup '99 and AirExpo's in the years since 2000.

The fall of 2009 we moved into our new offices at 14801 Pioneer Trail, Suite 200, Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In 2012, we purchased hangar 72D in Sierra Lane at Flying Cloud Airport where we operate Wings Restorations, the restoration arm of our group. In 2015, we began leasing space to operate our new museum which is adjacent to our offices. In August of 2016 we moved the museum to a new facility on the southeast corner of the airport near the end of runway 36 and the control tower.

Wings of the North is dedicated to presenting and preserving aviation history. To accomplish this mission we put on air displays, symposiums, school presentations, as well as many other programs. To keep our mission a reality, we need your help! We are looking for monetary donations, equipment donations (copy machines, office equipment, tools, and computers), an postage to keep our operation going. We are also looking for donations of aviation artifacts such as flyable aircraft of any type, restoration project aircraft, aviation memorabilia (military aviation uniforms, wings, maps, and photographs), and hangar space.

REMEMBER: WINGS OF THE NORTH IS A REGISTERED 501 (C) (3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION. DONATIONS MAY BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE ON YOUR FEDERAL INCOME TAXES!
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  • What an amazing afternoon. I live nearby and had no idea WotN was in my backyard. I went with a friend and didn't expect much, but there are so many incredible pieces of history housed here. There is....  more
    What an amazing afternoon. I live nearby and had no idea WotN was in my backyard. I went with a friend and didn't expect much, but there are so many incredible pieces of history housed here. There is....  more »
  • First time here and I had a blast with my siblings and grandparents. The tour guide definitely had a ton of knowledge to share and kept the information engaging with his audience of all ages. Their... 
    First time here and I had a blast with my siblings and grandparents. The tour guide definitely had a ton of knowledge to share and kept the information engaging with his audience of all ages. Their...  more »
  • This is a great hidden gem in Minnesota. Our kids loved getting to climb into the pilot's seat! Our tour guide Bob was so patient and knowledgeable with all of our questions. 
    This is a great hidden gem in Minnesota. Our kids loved getting to climb into the pilot's seat! Our tour guide Bob was so patient and knowledgeable with all of our questions.  more »
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  • I enjoyed the trip and our guide was very knowledgeable and nice. My son is only 4 and so he lost interest in all the minutiae. They did say we could wander around after we saw everything but at that point (probably an hour) my son was bored and so we left. It would have been nice to have just wandered from the start to see what we wanted. But I would highly recommend going especially if you want all the great info they have.
  • My group was given a very interesting presentation about the history of the World War II planes in the museum and an overview of the exhibits on display. We were than able to go into the very clean hanger to see the planes up close and ask the volunteers questions.
  • Was here last night on a tour and during a networking event. Wish the event lasted longer because this is a pretty amazing place. They have a hanger and a museum full of cool planes and historical artifacts. Would definitely come again.
  • If you're at all interested in aviation history, this place is a must see! They have a training aircraft that was flown and autographed by George H. W. Bush, a non flying Spirit Of St. Louis plane that was featured in the movie of the same name starring Jimmy Stewart and so much more. I was able to get a personal tour from a staff member that took me through the hanger of historic aircraft and provided behind the scenes stories of each exhibit. I'm so glad I was able to visit this place and I'll be returning in July to see some of these beauties fly!
  • Great museum. Variety of historic aircraft and cars. Also aviation art, models, and memorabilia. Small gift shop on site. Highly recommend a visit!

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