Catching Pokémon at the Museum

Posted on Sat, July 30, 2016
  • by: Maura Perlow, Digital Experiences Intern

The National Air and Space Museum’s official app, GO FLIGHT, launched this month on iOS. (Lookout Android users, GO FLIGHT is coming to you soon!) A great feature of the app is its tours. In such a large Museum, the app’s tours and interactive map are a must.

Another app has taken the world by storm this month, one which doesn’t need much introduction: Pokémon Go. Visitors and staff alike are finding Pokémon alongside the Museum’s collection: a Bulbasaur by the Spirit of St. Louis; a Growlithe on the 1903 Wright Flyer; a Chariz … Wait, why are there so many Doduo in the West wing?

Ahem. Anyways, this is a pretty fantastic situation. The world’s largest collection of historic aviation and space artifacts is now also filled with Pokémon. Wow. Take a moment to let that sink in.

Need some help making sense of it all? Well, GO FLIGHT has the tour for you: the Pokémon GO FLIGHT Path! The 30-minute tour takes you to the Pokémon Gym and all 5 PokéStops in and around the Museum.

Learn why the Lunar Module Gym is not located by the Lunar Module, but by the components of the Hubble Space Telescope. Visit a model of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, Ad Astra sculpture, and other Air and Space PokéStops. As for the Pokémon, you’ll have to come see for yourself.

An excited Doduo visits the Lunar Module (LM-2) for the first time.

Pokemon from the second floor.

A Spearow flies among the great air and spacecraft in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

Hope to see you Trainers around!

Make sure to share your Pokémon sightings and Gym battles using #PokémonGOFLIGHT.

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