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House History

Amelia Earhart's maternal grandfather began construction on this wood-frame, Gothic Revival cottage in 1861. Located at 223 N. Terrace the home is perched high on the west bank of the scenic Missouri River. 

Amelia was born in the home on July 24, 1897, to Edwin Stanton Earhart and Amy Otis Earhart.  She lived in her maternal grandparent's house on and off through 8th grade. She considered this house to be her childhood home and Atchison to be her hometown. The Amelia Earhart Birthplace represents one of the most tangible links to Amelia Earhart.


Between 1918 and 1984 the home had three owners, each making their own impact on the house. In 1984 a local doctor, Dr. Eugene J. Bribach, donated $100,000 for the purchase and maintenance of the house to The Ninety-Nines, an International Organization of Women Pilots (to which Amelia not only belonged but also served as their inaugural president). It is this donation that created the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum.

Exterior of Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum with blue sky
Stained glass window in formal dining room
colorized photo of Amelia Earhart
  • To preserve the history of Amelia Earhart

  • To honor and recognize the contributions women have made in aeronautics

  • To educate and relate these histories and courageous exploits through local and online exhibits, activities, and events


The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.


We, the Ninety-Nines, Inc., and the citizens of Atchison, Kansas dedicate the Amelia Earhart Birthplace to this generation and future generations as a museum. We will continue to restore and preserve the home to the period when Amelia lived here, and to portray her life and those of other women aviators.

colorized photo of Amelia Earhart
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