1940 Air Terminal Museum blog

Start Your Holiday Party Planning with Us, Houston’s Unique Event Venue

Friday, August 9, 2019
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page) by Juan Ortiz
photo credit: Parallax Studio

Summer is the perfect time of year to book your holiday party with us. Poised at Hobby Airport’s doorstep and just a short drive from downtown Houston, the 1940 Air Terminal Museum captures the magic and wonder of the season like no other venue. With our rich aviation history, beautiful art deco architecture, and friendly staff, our grand central space and museum exhibits will provide guests with an unexpected and unique experience.

Whether it’s an intimate holiday dinner with key stakeholders or a corporate celebration for your employees, our event manager will work with you to ensure that your event is as grand and memorable as you envision.

At the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, we give you the opportunity to give your guests a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that they will remember for years to come. We offer your group access to our curated exhibits, photos with our planes, and plenty of flexible space—inside or out—to meet your specific needs and preferences.

  • Full use of the museum; exhibits remain open
  • Outside catering allowed
  • Flexible space, indoors and out
  • Tables (20) and chairs (160) included
  • Gorgeous views of Hobby Airport runway
  • 2 event security officers during your event
  • Professional, attentive staff and docents
  • Private, intimate setting
  • Planes available for display and/or to taxi for special entrance or exit
  • A short drive from Downtown Houston or Galveston

Book your holiday party today:

Now’s the time. We’ve already started booking seasonal parties so contact Juan Ortiz, Event Manager, by email (events@1940airterminal.org) today to plan your holiday gathering

Historic Air Terminal partners with Local Artist to Showcase History in a New Way

Monday, May 20, 2019
Filed under: News by Blair

Contact: Amy Rogers – Executive Director
Phone:  (713) 454-1940 or (281) 806-8794
Email: amy.rogers@1940airterminal.org

Historic Air Terminal partners with Local Artist to Showcase History in a New Way

GONZO247 joins forces with the 1940 Air Terminal Museum to paint a 1969 airplane

Houston, TX – The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport will partner with local artist GONZO247 to paint a 1969 Hawker jet. Made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant, Gray Reed & McGraw and various private donors, the artist and museum will work together on the 3-dimensional art installation that will feature GONZO’s bright and colorful design with nuggets of Houston history hidden throughout the mural artwork. The jet currently resides in front of the museum’s entrance.

Painting will begin on Thursday, May 23, 2019 and is expected to end on Sunday, June 2. The museum invites the general public to observe a live demonstration by GONZO on Saturday, June 1 at 11am. Originally conceived by Executive Director, Amy Rogers, the project represents the 1940 Air Terminal’s commitment to preserving the historic landmark building while showcasing the multidisciplinary use of the space. “The true success of the art project will be measured by the ways we are able to engage the public at large and build bridges in the Houston community,” commented Rogers. The museum actively engaged with multiple organizations, including the Hobby Area Management District and Houston Botanic Garden, throughout the Houston Hobby area to submit suggestions on symbols to be placed throughout the mural representing the community at large.

Opened on September 28, 1940 the air terminal, designed by architect Joseph Finger, served as the administration building for the airport and supported airline operations and air traffic control functions. The first airline tenants were Eastern Airlines and Braniff Airways. In a few short years air travel grew exponentially, and the terminal ceased airline operations in 1956. The building was completely abandoned by 1978 and was left vacant until its resurgence as the 1940 Air Terminal Museum in 2004. Local graffiti artist Mario Figueroa Jr., best known as GONZO247, strives to educate communities through engagement, advocacy, and street art /mural tours in order to promote the positive aspects of the graffiti art form. While his art is on display throughout the Houston architectural landscape, this will be the first time the artist has taken on a transforming an aircraft. “When I first saw the jet, I couldn’t believe that it was going to be my canvas! I have transformed cars and even beer silos, but this is a project of a whole different scale.”

Once a mode of transportation for a company to conduct business all over the country, the 1969 Hawker jet was donated to the museum as a way to draw people into the museum as they are driving past. The jet has been the first thing to welcome people into the museum parking lot for many years. The museum is now taking this concept a step further by encouraging visitor participation through turning this cool business jet into a piece of beautiful art.

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is located at 8325 Travelair Street, Houston, TX 77061 (west side of Hobby Airport) and is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Follow the transformation on Facebook and Instagram @1940atm and to stay up to date on the project’s progress.


Museum closed on Saturday

Friday, April 26, 2019
Filed under: News by Blair

The museum will be closed on Saturday April 27 for a private event.

If you are looking for a unique venue for your event, check out the private events section of our website for all the details.


Jeff Weiss

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Filed under: News by Blair

April 23, 2019

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society, it is with genuine sadness we report we have lost a dear friend. Jeff Weiss, a lifetime museum member, a major benefactor, ardent supporter and former board member has gone west.

Jeff was a philanthropist whose patronage of the museum was demonstrated not only in his generous financial support but in his dedication to the museum’s educational mission. Jeff particularly loved introducing aviation and the wonder of flight to young and old. He was instrumental in the early success of the museum and his untiring efforts on the museum’s behalf will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff, his family and friends as well as with the family and friends of the individuals who perished in this devastating accident.

With our deepest condolences,

Amy Rogers
Executive Director
1940 Air Terminal Museum

Jeff Weiss sitting in his Beechcraft Bonanza on the ramp of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, geting ready to depart.
On this day, June 27, 2010, Jeff, along with Captain A.J. High, would give a presentation called “Meet the pilot”, where each would talk about their careers and adventures in aviation to a captive audience at the monthly Wings & Wheels event at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.

The raffle plane has been upgraded!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page) by Blair

The raffle plane recently got an upgrade, it is now compliant with the FAA 2020 ADS-B out mandate.

It now features the uAvionix SkyBeacon!


Get your chance to win this airplane here!


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