Restoring every artifact. Transforming every experience.
By the time the project is complete, the building’s exterior and infrastructure will be revitalized, every object will have undergone restoration, all 23 exhibitions will be completely reimagined, and new presentation spaces and attractions will be open to all.
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Lisa Young, objects conservator at the Museum, works on Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit in the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory. Armstrong’s suit will be on display in our upcoming Destination Moon exhibition, set to open in 2022.
View from the entrance of the new “Kenneth C. Griffin Exploring the Planets” gallery at the Smithsonian National Air and at Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Air and Space collections staff and contractors adjust and test lighting in the display case for the Lunar Roving Vehicle, Qualification Test Unit in the “Destination Moon” gallery at the Smithsonian National Air and at Space Museum in Washington, DC.
In an overnight move, the Northrop T-38 Talon is delivered, unloaded and moved into the west end gallery at the Smithsonian Air and at Space Museum in Washington, DC.
A team works to remove Gilmore the Lion from its transport case for installation in the Turner case in the "Nation of Speed" gallery.
Propellers are unpacked and mounted on the Propeller Wall in the Early Flight Gallery.