Reimagining America's
Favorite Museum

The reimagined Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will:

Graphic outlining the new Museum experience
Watercolor interpretation of the new North entrance of the Museum

The reimagined Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will:

  • Inspire a new generation of innovators.
  • Share untold stories of American ingenuity.
  • Build resources for our nation’s educators.
  • Protect the Nation's Air and Space Collection.
  • Connect your world to aviation and spaceflight.
  • Spark excitement for flight.
  • Envision a new experience for everyone, everywhere.

Starting Summer 2018 - Our First Major Construction Project For the Museum in DC

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 summer 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  • The project also includes the complete re-facing of the exterior stone, replacement of outdated mechanical systems, and other improvements supported by federal funding. 

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