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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.


Kaela Bergquist

Friday, March 30, 2018
The history is palpable, but a lot of items are in memoriam. The real historic relics are elsewhere in the country. Still is interesting to see and the gift shop has some quirky items. Worth a stop, planned or passing through.

Meghen Jones

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Wonderfully interesting. Great for children, too, provided they're old enough to listen when asked not to touch and they have an interest in Amelia Earhart or aviation in general. My 6 year old especially loved the qr code audio tour.

Theresa Johnson

Friday, May 11, 2018
Amazing spirit in that house. Especially upstairs. My father said the hair on the back of his neck stood on end. I felt an added presence. I have not ever felt that way in a house before and dad and I are not into the whole ghoast thing. So not sure what that was. Walk througout self guided. Staff very friendly. There is a little gift shop. There is a cost to get in. Friendly helpful staff. The house was built at a high elevation overlooking the river so beautiful views. The home and stories associated with Aerhardt's childhood shed a little light about the influences which helped shape her as a person, public figure and aviatrix.

Mike Forbes

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Great history. They had up dated displaies with back grounds played on your phone

Jennifer Sparkman

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
It is off beaten path but a few other museums close by to make an enjoyable day. Bit pricey but had wonderful items from her life & recent film about her. Self guided tour.

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