Unlike past years when the Mitchell Gallery of Flight Museum itself was featured, this year visitors will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the separate archives building for the Gallery, located in the MKE Regional Business Park (former 440th Airlift Wing). The Gallery archives are located in a building that was originally built in 1987 as part of the Air Force Reserve as a simulated electronic firing range. Many items here are not typically on display in the main Gallery.
Named in honor of Milwaukee-native General William “Billy” Mitchell, the namesake of Milwaukee’s airport, The Mitchell Gallery exhibits both permanent and periodically changing displays covering local aviation personalities and aerospace history, with an emphasis on southeast Wisconsin. The Gallery features a collection of artifacts detailing General Mitchell’s history as the father of the United States Air Force. The Gallery’s archive building is where exhibits for the Gallery are developed, and where research materials and archives are located.
Visitors to the Mitchell Gallery of Flight archives building will gain a rare perspective of the work that goes into creating museum exhibits through self-guided tours of the building. Moreover, many unique items not normally available to be seen by the public will be on display, for a true behind-the-scenes look at the Gallery. Visitors will also learn about the building’s history as the 440th Airlift Wing, as well as additional information about the Mitchell Gallery of Flight. Access to the achives building is only available from College Avenue. Follow the Special Event signs. Free parking will be available.