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Visiting During COVID-19
*As of November 22, 2020, the museum offices are closed.*

With respect to Governor DeWine’s and Mayor Jackson’s stay-at-home advisories, the museum offices will be closed until further notice starting Sunday, November 22, 2020. We will continue to listen to state and city recommendations when deciding when we will reopen our doors. It's our main priority to keep our staff, volunteers, and our guests safe.

While we may be closed, keep an eye on our social media and website for information about virtual programming and resources. Thank you to everyone for their continued support and we look forward to welcoming folks back soon.

For questions, please call 216.623.1111 or email us at

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Mask up. We’re in this together!

Your health and safety are our highest priorities here at IWASM. As such, we wanted to share with you our participation in Destination Cleveland's CLEAN COMMITTED initiative.

Destination Cleveland, in partnership with health care experts at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals, developed recommended safe practices that local businesses can employ to support the safe and responsible reopening of Cleveland to residents and visitors. We are proud to share that as an official CLEAN COMMITTED business, and we promise to adhere to the practices recommended to keep our employees safe.

We are eager and excited to welcome you back to our establishment and hope that our promise to deliver on this commitment provides you with the comfort and confidence to visit us again. When you're ready, we will be waiting for you.

For more information about this initiative and to find a list of all CLEAN COMMITTED businesses, visit here.


Destination Cleveland has gone digital with their new visitor passports. Simply download the app and click on passports. IWASM is a featured stop in the “Free in CLE” passport. Select that passport and read all about how to participate. Hope to see you soon! 

The International Women's Air & Space Museum is located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport. Since we are located in a public building, admission to the museum is free. Even if you have visited IWASM in the past, we welcome you to visit us again as exhibits change often and there are always opportunities to see something new.

Did you know?

  • Napoleon appointed a woman, Madame Blanchard, as his Chief Air Minister of Ballooning in 1804. Women have a long history of active participation in ballooning.  For instance, Connie Wolf, long-time balloonist, loaned her balloon to the motion picture producers of the movie “Around the World in 80 Days.”
  • The Wright Brothers’ sister, Katharine, although not a pilot herself, encouraged and supported her brothers. She was one of the many “silent” women contributing to the advancement of aviation. A special exhibit on Katharine Wright is on display at the Museum. It is one of many exhibits which illustrate the historic achievements of women in aviation. World War II demonstrated women’s value to their countries’ defense.
  • England and the U.S. employed women pilots to fill jobs ordinarily restricted to men – to ferry aircraft from the factories to the airfield, to test aircraft, to pilot transports, to tow targets, etc. The WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) were a group of brave and patriotic American women.  Thirty-eight WASP gave their lives in service to the United States during WWII.  These women were the forerunners of today’s military women in aviation.
  • Valentina Tereshkova of the Soviet Union was the first woman to orbit the earth in 1963. As early as 1961, the United States had 13 women with the “right stuff.” Those first astronaut trainees pioneered the way for women to fully participate in the U.S. space program today. The legacy of their hard work paid off 22 years later, in 1983, with Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.