Partnership Agreement: The Museum of Flight and Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum


Commemorative photo (screen-captured) of agreement conclusion

On September 14, 2021 (local time), the Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Flight (Seattle) signed a partnership agreement to contribute towards the development of knowledge in the aerospace field and promote mutual understanding of history and culture.

The agreement’s signing ceremony was held online due to the influence of the pandemic.

Since its renewal in 2018 by Gifu prefecture and Kakamigahara city, the Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum has cooperated with overseas museums, including for the mutual borrowing of materials, collaboration on special exhibitions, and exchange programs. The agreement with the Museum of Flight is the sixth such partnership for the Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum.

In November 2015, Kakamigahara City signed a partnership agreement with Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. Since both Kakamigahara City and Everett City have the same core industry, the aviation industry, they have promoted exchanges, an educational program, and interactive opportunities between faculty and students. In 2018, Kakamigahara City implemented the STEM program, which The Boeing Company uses. These activities and continuous exchanges have led to a partnership between the Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum and Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

The partnership will promote the circulation of valuable exhibits, a mutual exchange of curators, and will create new opportunities such as special exhibitions, which are expected to contribute to the further development of knowledge in the aerospace field. In addition, looking to the future, both museums are concentrating on space- and STEM-focused exhibitions and educational programs, giving the next generation of pilots, engineers, and astronauts hope and inspiration.

In 2016, Japan and the State of Washington signed a memorandum of cooperation on economic and trade relations. It is expected that this partnership agreement between the museums will continue to strengthen economic and cultural relationship between our two regions.

Consul General Inagaki conveys his congratulations at the agreement ceremony