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World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame
112 3rd Street N W
Long Beach, WA
Statement of Purpose:
Exhibits and events teach the fun, the art, the science of kites in cultures
around the world.
The World Kite Museum celebrates the achievements and magic of kiting worldwide.
Besides its goal to preserve the past and record the present, the Museum's
programs work to educate young and old about the role of kites in science,
art, religion and sport. The Hall of Fame pays tribute to the people who
participated in this multicultural phenomenon.
A Visit to Indonesian Kites
Large birds; elephants; mythical creatures; 3 dimentional trucks, rockets,
zebras made of bamboo, cloth, paper, native leaves and bark-these kites have
flown bringing glory and honor to the kitemakers. To further draw the visitor
into the magic of Indonesian kites are the sounds of accompanying gamelon
orchestras, kite hummers, videos of kite fishing and bat catching, artifacts,
photos and interpretive panels.
Is it a Kite? Is it a Plane?
In 1899 Orville and Wilbur Wright flew their first kite in Toledo, Ohio,
to further their study of science of flight. This exhibit explores the
kite/flight relationship. Besides the Wright Bros. kite experiments, it includes
kites used to develop helicoptors, hang gliders, the 87 kite patents that
The David Checkley Collection of 700 Japanese, Chines, Thai and Malaysian
kites; the 400 Japanese kites are considered the most complete collection
of Japanese kites outside of Japan.
Advertising kites from the last 60 years
Kites used in WWll
Wide range of Hi-Flier kites including box, barndoor and diamonds
Fighter kites and their traditions from 23 countries
Cross sections of sport kites through their development.
85 historic photograph negatives
67 video tapes
43 oral history
American Kite Fliers documents and memoribilia
Complete collections of Kite Tales, Kite Lines and American Kite Magazines
and a growing collection of international magazines and newsletters.
Because of space and personal limitations archival research is limited. some
kinds of requests can be accommodated. E-mail requests to
Current Changing Exhibits: See
for latest information
Kite making workshops; kite flying events; demonstrations by kite
Tom Sisson Kids Kitemaking Korner
Spend fifteen minutes and make a paper or plastic kite at this convenient
spot. Step outside and fly your creation in Coulter Park. This corner honors
Tom Sisson, an advocate of kids of all ages making and flying their own kites.
Hall of Fame
Twenty-five kite inventors and makers are honored in this alcove. Besides
plaques stating the individuals contributions representative miniature kites
are also on display.
Long Beach Room
Nostalgia brings folks back to this room again and again. Pictures, kites
and videos of past Washington State International Kite Festivals show the
growth of this event.
June-August: Everyday 11-5
September-October: Friday-Monday 11-5
November-May: Saturday-Sunday 11-5
(Also open by special appointment)
Check with us at a later date.
Kay Buesing, Museum Director & Curator
Jody Hagaman, Administrative Assistant
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