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.


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.

Jeannine Wyatt

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

Wonderful museum overlooking the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. Amelia Earhart was born in this home and lived with her maternal grandparents from age 3-12. The home is furnished as it would have been in the late 1800s - about 1907. A must see!

Janna Sims

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Very good reflection of Earhart's life. Excellant staff as they were very informative, friendly and accommodating.

Jason D.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

Staff was excellent. Enjoyed learning the history of the house.

Nichole Moore

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

Very nice place to visit. The over look of the river from this house is beautiful. It was neat to read about Amelia and her husband. The little airplane Republics were neat as well.