Carolinas Aviation Museum

Project Details


Carolinas Aviation Museum


Charlotte, NC


Anticipated 2023

Founded in 1992 and located at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the Carolinas Aviation Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, is home to aircraft and artifacts from the advent of aviation to modern times.

After ceasing operation at its leased hangar, the Museum needed help developing a vision and plan for a future home that would accommodate its expanded community-based mission and growing collection. The Museum partnered with Progressive AE, working with museum consultant Freeman Ryan Design (FRD) in Australia, to design a new museum campus that incorporates and utilizes the airport’s original historic hanger, now being used to store some of the Museum’s collection. Progressive AE and FRD developed a comprehensive master plan and renderings to support the Museum’s fundraising efforts.

The new facility campus concept incorporates three buildings: a new 7,000-square-foot welcome center, a new 40,200-square-foot exhibit building, and the renovated historic hanger. The buildings will be organized around a large open plaza where aircraft will be displayed. The site is located next to an active runway allowing visibility of aircraft taking off and landing. Groundbreaking is anticipated in 2021.