Aviation Heritage Park is now in the midst of a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million to build a 11,000 square foot museum in the park. Here’s a peek at what visitors can expect to see once the facility is finished.
Here’s what’s inside
The entryway leans inside to a lobby featuring an array of rotating exhibits. From there visitors will make their way around glass exhibit cases and into the main arena.
The interior of the museum will be exposed metal and beam construction, highlighted by a spacious, open concept, two-story commons area surrounded by a catwalk-like mezzanine metal deck. The deck will allow visitors to view hanging displays and get a bird’s eye view of exhibit space below. This exhibit space will feature cutting edge, interactive, and educational displays telling the stories of significant southcentral Kentucky aviators.
The interior will also house meeting rooms, office space, a visitor lounge, storage, and a maintenance shop. The entire facility will be climate controlled to protect artifacts on display.
Here’s what’s outside
The exterior is a metal structure with a brick and mortar facade. This front is designed to recreate hangars built during WWII at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. This art-deco front will feature a large windowed entry protected by a supported canopy with the AHP logo above. The entry way is flanked by to industrial columns, each highlighted by with oversized, gold-colored eagle wings, again reminiscent of Schofield. Each column is topped with the National Colors.
The central portion of the main building will be flanked by shed attachments to house the maintenance shop, offices, and classrooms. Long banks of windows along the outsides will highlight the sheds.
Surrounding the museum will be additional display areas for more static,outdoor artifacts, additional parking and picnic and play area for family enjoyment.
Once open, much of the space will be available for facility rental for organization meetings, corporate outings and private events and functions.