Building on a commitment from Congress, we will raise $250 million from leaders in the aerospace industry and people like you to dramatically transform our exhibitions and renovate the entire Museum, inside and out.
The transformation of the Museum represents an unprecedented moment in the conservation and preservation of thousands of artifacts, as well as a remarkable evolution of the Museum’s immersive learning experience.
23 galleries being completely reimagined for immersive learning
5,200+ artifacts moved and preserved
1,400 new objects on display
07 years devoted to transforming the world’s most popular museum
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What is the transformation?
Over the course of several years, we will radically transform our National Mall building, all 23 galleries and presentation spaces, and the way we engage the world in humankind's greatest story: flight.
The Museum will remain open throughout the project, with phased closures and openings of our galleries, as well as our shops, theaters, and cafe.
Why is this happening now?
The National Mall building needs our attention. Since opening in 1976, the ﬂagship location has welcomed more than 350 million people—that’s more than the population of the United States—which makes for some serious wear and tear, inside and out.
What parts of the Museum will be affected?
There will be significant renovation of the building's exterior and the underlying infrastructure, and all 23 galleries – some of which are original to the building – will be transformed. Portions of the Museum will be closed on a rolling basis, but there will always be areas open to visitors and artifacts on display.
Why is it changing? It’s already a great museum.
We agree! And so do the millions of visitors who make the Museum one of the most popular in the world. The heart of the Museum will always be our unrivaled collection of aircraft and spacecraft, one-third of which are one of a kind or represent a major milestone. The reimagined Museum will still feature the artifacts you know and love, but our exhibitions need to be updated and modernized to help us inspire 21st century audiences.
What will happen to my favorite exhibits and artifacts?
By the time the transformation is complete, every artifact will have undergone conservation efforts. Iconic objects will return alongside many artifacts that have never been displayed. The new exhibit spaces will give visitors new ways to engage with history and trace its impact today and tomorrow.
When is this happening?
Work is already underway. The seven-year project kicked off in December 2018, and will take place in two major phases.
How will this impact my visit?
While sections of the Museum will be closed for construction over the years, the Museum will remain open to the public, and our year-round programming for kids, educators, and aerospace enthusiasts will continue.
How can I get involved?
Every gift to the Museum brings us one step closer to our $250 million fundraising goal. Donate, become a member, or place your name on the Wall of Honor to be recognized among others who share a commitment to preserving aerospace history to educate and inspire the next generation.
How can I keep track of progress?
We will be sharing stories, behind-the-scenes videos, and photos throughout the project. Follow us on social media, or get the latest news and schedules straight to your inbox by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.