The historic Red Barn was moved by barge and truck to its current location.
The Museum of Flight’s roots go back to the mid-1960s with the creation of the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation. The first exhibit was put on public display at the Seattle Center in 1965, according to the museum.
The museum began taking shape when the Red Barn was barged and trucked from the West Waterway of the Duwamish River to its current location at Boeing Field.
This classic industrial building — formerly a boat-building shop, according to an early article – is where Boeing got its start in 1916
Bill Boeing bought the barn for $10, creating the first home of Pacific Aero Products, which would become The Boeing Co.
In the story, Bill Boeing Jr. shared this memory of the barn:
“My first recollection of the Red Barn took place about 1927 when I was age 6. I used to go down to the barn to get balsa wood to make a model battleship.”
The barn housed some company operations for more than 50 years.
The Museum of Flight is celebrating its 50th birthday Saturday, Sept. 19, with a birthday party admission fee that’s the same as the original cost to get into the museum, 50 cents.
Read more about the birthday celebration here.