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Time and Navigation
Celebrate the opening of the National Air and Space Museum’s newest exhibition, Time and Navigation. Activities in the exhibit gallery and around the Museum will engage visitors in hands-on experiences that will explore 300 years of navigation history from the early days at sea to today’s GPS.
See a live planetarium show
FREE - first-come, first-served
Albert Einstein Planetarium
Listen to Music
The Chromatics (Acapella music about scientific themes)
11 am and 1 pm
Space Race (Gallery 114)
The Side Boys (Part of the United States Navy Band)
Songs from the 60s
12 Noon and 2 pm
America by Air (Gallery 102)
Hear a Story
Zoom, Rocket, Zoom by Margaret Mayo
11:00 am and 1:30 pm
Exploring the Planets (Gallery 207)
Learn how to use a sextant
Outside at the Public Observatory (Weather permitting)
12 pm – 3 pm
Throughout the Day
Visit the exhibition to meet experts who worked on it. (You may also see characters in the exhibition come to life!)
Earn a navigation certificate by participating in fun hands-on activities including:
• Making an escape and evasion map
• Building a paper gyroscope
• Designing a satellite
• Discovering how black boxes really work
• Using a star map
• Plotting your course through the Museum
Observe local chalk artist, Patrick Owens, as he recreates the Compass Rose from the exhibition in front of the Museum.
Click here to view the generous sponsors.