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Kansas Aviation Museum to hold 25th anniversary celebration on Thursday

The Kansas Aviation Museum is getting a $1.3 million renovation. (July 15, 2015)
The Kansas Aviation Museum is getting a $1.3 million renovation. (July 15, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

The Kansas Aviation Museum is hosting an open house beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday to celebrate 25 years as a museum, telling the story of Wichita as the Air Capital of the World.

The museum is housed in the former terminal for Wichita Municipal Airport, constructed during the 1930s and 1940s. The art deco building, at 3350 George Washington Blvd., is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only 12 early air terminals remaining in the nation.

A $1.3 million renovation project was just completed in the 80-year-old building that created handicapped-compliant restrooms, added heating and air conditioning for the balance of public space in the building and installed an elevator to make all parts of the museum accessible.

The open house includes snacks and refreshments and is open to the public. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 5:30.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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