(360) 379-5244
105 Airport Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368



The Port Townsend Aero Museum

Our Story

The Port Townsend Aero Museum began operations in 2001, founded by experienced aircraft restorers Jerry and Peggy Thoutte. With an initial donation of six flying antique aircraft and several restoration projects, the museum quickly attracted a group of dedicated young volunteers. The youth mentorship program grew alongside the collection.

The museum was originally based out of a scattering of hangars at the west end of the airport. Fundraising for a new building was a major undertaking, with proceeds coming from contract work, rummage sales, online auctions and individual donations. After seven years of hard work by museum volunteers and contributors, along with generous support from the community and local contractors, we were proud to open our new $3.5 million facility to the public in the summer of 2008.

Work has now begun on a restoration shop near the new building. Plans are in place for continued expansion over the next several years.

Mentorship Program

Several hundred young adults have participated in the mentorship program over the years. Our aircraft collection continues to grow. We fly our airplanes regularly, visiting select events during the airshow season. We are a dynamic organization serving our community and the greater Puget Sound region. We invite you to stop by and see for yourself!

Our Focus

While the Port Townsend Aero Museum is unique in several ways, the most important is our youth mentorship program. Young adults from our community learn valuable technical skills, leadership techniques, and responsibility. Click the graphic to the right to see a brief video introducing the program. More information is available on the youth mentorship program for those interested.

The museum has been operating since 2001. We were proud to open our new museum building in 2008 after years of hard work and fundraising by our volunteers. Feel free to read our full story.

Our collection is extensive, so exhibits in the museum rotate regularly. We invite you to visit us in person to see our aircraft, artwork, and other displays housed in our state-of-the-art facility.

Our restoration operations take place in a shop near the main museum at Jefferson County International Airport. We have extensive in-house expertise on antique aircraft restoration techniques, including fabric covering and structural repair. This shop performs work on our own collection as well as contract labor.

If your question is not answered on this website, please contact us!


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