Adam Smith: President

WICHITA, KS – Museum leader Adam E. Smith has joined Exploration Place science center as its new President. He has more than 25 years of experience in the museum field, most recently as Executive Director for Comic-Con Museum in San Diego.

Previously, Smith served as Executive Vice President at Commemorative Air Force, the world’s largest flying museum. He led the organization’s move from Midland, Texas, to new headquarters in Dallas, where the Museum includes an Aviation Education Center and STEM innovation hangar, classrooms and exhibit space. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President at Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Maryland.

Smith also spent 11 years as Museum Director and Vice President with the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he elevated its STEM-based learning, career development programming, distance learning and summer camps. He has served with other museums as well, including National Museums of Scotland, Lower Methil Heritage Trust and Pendle Heritage Centre.

Smith will be an employee of Sedgwick County through its partnership with Exploration Place.

Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages interactive environments, hands-on experiences, Kansas’ largest domed theater – the Digital Dome Theater and Planetarium – imaginative spaces, and outdoor recreation, all located on a 20-acre site along the scenic Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kansas. Established in 1867 and located in south-central Kansas, Sedgwick County is home to more than 500,000 residents and occupies 1,008 square miles of land. The county holds 21 municipalities including Wichita, a global leader in aviation manufacturing services that is known as the Air Capital of the World.