The World Kite Museum is dedicated to the over 2,000 years of kite history and to show the magic, art, science and sport of kiting. The museums collection includes more than 1,800 kites from 28 different countries and is the honored home of the David & Dorothea Checkley Asian kite collection.
One of the historic exhibits includes examples of the kites used in WWII. It contains kites used to train gunners; some used as antenna to save lives, others lift very large kites to protect convoys or to ensure communications.
There are special displays from eight different Asian countries. They are made of different materials into the special shapes familiar to a particular country. Also the kites uses vary from gifts to wish good luck, images to appease good spirits and as the equipment used in national games.
Other exhibits show the modern growth of power kites and their use for pulling on land and sea.
Admission to the museum includes making a kite to take with you. There is an elevator and plenty of parking.
For more information and special programs see the Web page at www.worldkitemuseum.com. Throughout the year the museum has kite-flying demonstrations, kite flying lessons, kite making workshops and multicultural programs. Group visits can be arranged which take into consideration ages and interests.
More questions call 360-642-4020.