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Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

223 North Terrace Street

Amelia Earhart's birthplace and childhood home, initially began in 1861. The wood-frame, Gothic Revival cottage is perched high on the west bank of the Missouri River. In 1873, Amelia's grandfather Judge Alfred Otis and grandmother Amelia Harres Otis added a brick Italianate addition to the rear of the home.

Amelia was born in the home on July 24, 1897 to Edwin Stanton Earhart and Amy Otis Earhart. Amelia's father was a lawyer whose position as a railroad claims agent required him to travel a great deal. Consequently both Amelia and her sister Muriel spent an abundance of their childhood with their grandparents in Atchison.

Despite living in many different cities, Amelia considered Atchison her hometown, having spent more of her life in the Otis home than anywhere else. The Amelia Earhart Birthplace represents the most tangible remaining link with the famous female aviator.

Judge Alfred Otis and Amelia Harres Otis lived in the home until 1912, when they both passed away. Two families occupied the home prior to 1956 when it was purchased by Paul and Winney Allingham. The Allinghams lived in the home until 1984 when they both died without children or plans for the home's disposition.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Eugene J. Bribach of Atchison, contributed $100,000 to The Ninety-Nines, an International Organization of Women Pilots (to which Amelia not only belonged, but also served as their inaugural president) to assist with the purchase and maintenance of the home.

Annually, thousands of visitors tour the National Historic Site to learn about the life of one of the world's most influential female aviators. Since the Museum opened to the public, it has consistently proven to be a leading public attraction in the Atchison area.


Heather Ryan

Saturday, July 14, 2018
There is plenty to learn at this well preserved childhood home of one of America's pioneer women of aviation. The concierge was very helpful but could use a little more research about the museum's name sake. She was unaware that Amelia saw her first airplane at the Iowa State Fair. *Gasp!*

Trevor Davis

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Was a nice fairly quiet place to eat the lunch I had packe. Watch the river was relaxing. Not very many picnic tables to eat at but quite a bit of parking and nice sidewalk that followed the river Bank.

David Buchholz

Sunday, July 1, 2018
The place was very kept up and information was amazing. The tour guide was great. Hopefully we can come back when we have more time.

Nitish Chaudhari

Saturday, June 2, 2018
The Amelia Earhart Birthplace is a beautiful home overlooking the Missouri River. Once you enter the home through the front door, you can go on a self-guided tour of the home where various clippings and artifacts are arranged to tell the story of Amelia's life and mysterious death. The tour costs $5. As far as the artifacts themselves, I thought it was a bit of a hodge podge. It was hard to follow the story and it didn't seem to progress in a logical way. There was a mix of historic artifacts and more modern stories. There were also some rooms where there were cards and stories written from aviators today to Amelia. This is the kind of place you should definitely check out due to Amelia's impact on the world and the field of aviation, but you probably won't find yourself going back to.

Carl Johnson

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Got there pretty leather, but they let us stay after closing, really nice and knowledgeable people, interesting museum.

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