gallery rendering for future exhibition, "Destination Moon"

Reimagining America's
Favorite Museum

Join us on a daring new adventure to reimagine and transform the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a new age of exploration. 

Over the next several years, we will radically transform our building, 23 galleries and presentation spaces, and the way we engage the world in humankind's greatest story: flight. 

 

 

It's Happening Now

Over the next several years we will be renovating all of our exhibitions and welcoming a bold new future. The Museum will remain open throughout the seven-year project with phased closures and openings of our galleries, as well as our shops, theaters, and cafe. Here's what to expect. 

December 3, 2018 - Galleries Closing
Apollo to the Moon
Looking at Earth

January 2019 - Galleries Closing
America by Air
Sea-Air Operations
Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
World War II Aviation
Jet Aviation
Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air

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A Bold New Approach

A major building revitalization is the catalyst for a radical transformation of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Together, we will reimagine how you engage with the Museum and revolutionize the way we educate and inspire the next generation. An experience with the Museum will become a launch pad for a lifetime of discovery.

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The Facts

  • This is the first major construction project for the building in Washington, DC, since opening 41 years ago. 
  • Visitors will start seeing changes to the Museum in fall 2018.
  • The Museum will remain open through the project by dividing the construction into two major phases.
  • The project is scheduled to take 7 years.
  • All of our 23 galleries and presentation spaces will be transformed.
  • We are raising $250M through private donations to fund the future galleries. 
  • The project also includes the complete re-facing of the exterior stone, replacement of outdated mechanical systems, and other improvements supported by federal funding. 

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stone slabs replaced

new galleries or presentation spaces

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fundraising goal

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