National Air and Space Society members will get an early look at an exciting upcoming temporary immersive art installation. The Barmecide Feast is a fully realized, full-scale reflection of the iconic, neo-classical hotel room from the penultimate scene of Stanley Kubrick’s and Arthur C. Clarke’s landmark film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Open to the public April 8 – May 28, the installation will be the centerpiece of the Museum’s celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary.

The work was conceived by Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch, and built with help from Paul Kember of KplusK Associates architectural firm. Two of Kember’s uncles worked as draftsmen on 2001, designing and drawing the painstakingly detailed original set. Museum visitors will be able to enter the re-created room in small groups for short periods to experience the surreal environment depicted in the film.

National Air and Space Society members have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a special preview of this new installation. Dessert and coffee will be served.

The event is for members of the Museum’s National Air and Space Society and their guests. There is no charge to attend, but advance reservations are required. Please reserve your space using the form below.  For more information, call 202.633.2603 or email


How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560