Carolinas Aviation Museum changing course as quest continues for new home

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolinas Aviation Museum remains on the hunt for a new home as plans to temporarily halt operations at its current space approach.

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The museum has been open for more than 25 years on property at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. CAM disclosed earlier this year that it would suspend operations this summer where it currently operates due to a corporate entity moving to Charlotte — now known to be Honeywell International Inc., which is bringing 750 jobs to the Queen City by the end of 2024 — and needing the 40,000-square-foot hangar that the museum occupies.

Prior to finding out that it would lose the hangar space, CAM had already initiated a master-planning process to develop a future facility, Stephen Saucier, president of the organization, told the Charlotte Business Journal this week. Those plans were accelerated by a year or so.

CAM will remain open to visitors until July 14. It will then shift to a “museum without walls” concept with a focus on serving the community through outreach programming in area schools and in the community during the upcoming school year.

Saucier stressed that the museum isn’t shutting down. He said, “We our suspending operations here at this site, but the organization will continue ...”

Read more here and check out photos of the current space as well as conceptual renderings for possible future design.