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TWA Museum, Kansas City

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  • TWA was our hometown airline. I felt fairly close to it, flew on their Constellations and jets a lot, sneaked in and climbed all over a junked Connie that got turned into a bar in the 60s, worked at d...  more »
  • Everything well displayed. Nice summary of the airline's history and its importance to KC. Many historical artifacts. Informative guides available  more »
  • If you were in or know TWA this is great. For others, interesting history but, it’s more like a visit to family.  more »
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  • Up, Up and Away I love to find quirky museums that offer a treasure chest full of information. Today, that place was the TWA museum. How do you place 75 years of aviation history, 1925-2000, into one visit? Carefully and by order. The displays are well organized and with the help of either a pamphlet self-guided or guided tour, each case is labeled with pertinent information presented and coordinated with the brochure given after you pay the 10.00 admission fee. My favorite case, no.3, displayed the history of the TWA Hostess uniforms from the 1930’s through 1971. You’ll be introduced to the very first flight uniform drawn by George Petty. The Cutout uniform designed by Howard Geer provided a discreet flap cover that was used to disguise the user in uniform allowing her to smoke in public. In 1968 the ‘Foreign Accent’ dresses were paper and coordinated with TWA’s “Taste of Europe” tours. During the 1970’s, Valentino designed uniforms and the allowance of “hot pants” as a uniform option showed how current trends in fashion crossed into air travel. Other cases are collected memorabilia by TWA employees, vintage pilot uniforms, various menus for first class, the Amelia Earhart chair, the ground crews’ tools and more. You can experience the flight simulator by taking flight and landing a plane (so much for my career as a pilot). During the tour of the hanger you will visit the education room and LAX training equipment. You are later lead onto the tarmac to get a close up look at a couple of the TWA planes. I didn’t expect to have so much fun with the staff to the point I wanted to work as a volunteer. Pam B, the director, is a hoot and kept me laughing while she mixed humor with historical facts. Janet and Nina, volunteers in the gift shop, brightened my day with their kindness. And Arthur handled the high temperatures with grace as he escorted us out to the airplanes. Overall: For a small museum, you will find so much information at every turn and within every showcase. The volunteers are knowledgeable and a pleasure to interact with. This was worth the visit and brought back so many wonderful memories.
  • Brought back a lot of memories of my late mother-in-law. My wife loved it!
  • I took my 3 year old son who is in love with airplanes. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful showing him different parts of the planes and the history behind them. Would highly recommend it!
  • Impressive array of TWA memorabilia, needs to be better organized, and better signage to enter the site.
  • Super nice place to take a Shinto. 👌

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