National Air and Space Museum To Open Renovated West End In October

By The Thornical Press Staff

August 8, 2022

WASHINGTON – In exciting news, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum announced the reopening of the west end of its “flagship building” on the National Mall this coming Oct 14. 

According to a press release:

Eight new and renovated exhibitions, the planetarium, museum store and Mars Café will open on the building’s west end. The museum has been undergoing a seven-year renovation that began in 2018 and includes redesigning all 23 exhibitions and presentation spaces, complete refacing of the exterior cladding, replacement of outdated mechanical systems and other repairs and improvements.

The public can experience the newly renovated section via free timed-entry passes that will be available on the museum’s website Sep 14.

This is one of the most exciting times in the National Air and Space Museum’s history.  When we open the first reimagined galleries, we hope all visitors are inspired by artifacts on display for the first time, favorite icons of aerospace presented in new ways and diverse storytelling. – Chris Browne, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the museum.

Exhibitions Opening Oct 14:

    America by Air

    Destination Moon

    Early Flight

    Kenneth C. Griffin Exploring the Planets Gallery

    Nation of Speed

    One World Connected

    Thomas W. Haas We All Fly

    Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age

Visitors will not be disappointed nor miss their favorite exhibits presented in new settings, such as the Apollo 11 command module Columbia that will be housed in a custom-designed, climate-controlled case as the centerpiece of the Destination Moon exhibition.


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