Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Milestones of Flight
Milestones of Flight

Milestones of Flight is the central exhibition space that greets visitors entering the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. It has looked much the same since the Museum opened July 1, 1976, but all of that is about to change. A major renovation is now underway thanks to a generous donation from Boeing. The new Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, to be completed for the Museum's 40th anniversary in 2016, will change the way we tell the many stories of how aviation and spaceflight have transformed the world.


Among the changes planned:

  • Objects on Display > Familiar objects like the Spirit of St. Louis and Bell X-1 will stay. Some will move. Others will be added, including the Apollo Lunar Module and Star Trek starship Enterprise studio model.
  • More Stories > Multiple, interconnected stories will tie our collections together and trace the broader social, political, cultural, technical, and human aspects of how aviation and spaceflight have transformed the world.
  • An Inviting Space > A new open floor plan and centrally located Welcome Center will make your visit a breeze while a new media wall will invite you into the Museum to explore more of our amazing collection.
  • Digital Engagement > A new mobile experience will help you personalize your visit, engage with experts, and explore connections between the objects on display and the stories they tell.

A team of Museum staff is now working on re-envisioning and renovating the Milestones exhibition. Our aim is to make your experience at the National Air and Space Museum even more educational and inspiring. Do you have questions? Ask us!

Watch for updates on our social channels and ask questions using #MilestonesofFlight

What is a Milestone? An artifact having significant or widespread cultural, historic, scientific, or technological impact.