The World Kite Museum encourages interest in kite craft, flying, and history through exhibits, special events, and educational programming.
Established in 1989, the World Kite Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving kite artifacts and culture. The two-storey museum includes a Hall of Fame established to honour individuals who have made a positive impact within the world of kites. Visitors to the Museum peruse kites from around the world and learn about developments in kite innovations, early manufacturers, usage in marketing, and applications of historical significance.
Among the Museum’s artifacts is the collection of David Checkley. Checkley’s widow donated her husband’s personal collection of over 700 kites, including hundreds of examples from China, Japan, and Malaysia.
The World Kite Museum is host to the Washington State International Kite Festival, which takes place annually during the third week of August.