On October 14th, 2022, the National Air And Space museum reopened. The flagship museum is one of the most famous museums worldwide and drew 6.2 million visitors in 2018. Even more exciting, the Smithsonian museum is revealing eight new galleries
airandspace.si.edu ~ "The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will reopen half of its flagship building on the National Mall Friday, Oct. 14. 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redesigning all 23 exhibitions and presentation spaces, complete refacing of the exterior cladding, replacement of outdated mechanical systems and other repairs and improvements.
Only half of the building will be opening, and great interest in visiting is expected. Free timed-entry passes will be required to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience. The passes will be available on the museum’s website Sept. 14.
'This is one of the most exciting times in the National Air and Space Museum’s history,' said Chris Browne, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the museum. '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.'
Exhibitions Opening Oct. 14:
'America by Air'
'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'
The renovated museum will feature hundreds of new artifacts to the building such as Jackie Cochran’s T-38, the plane Cochrane flew when she became the first woman to break the sound barrier; the Sharp DR 90 Nemesis air racer, the most successful aircraft in air racing history flown by pilot and co-designer, Jon Sharp; and Sean Tucker’s custom-built aerobatic biplane, the Aviation Specialties Unlimited Challenger III. The full-sized X-Wing Starfighter that appeared in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, on loan from Lucasfilm, will also be displayed for the first time and located outside of the planetarium". ~ airandspace.si.edu.