In the 1920s and 30s, aviation pioneers pushed boundaries and blazed new trails in the air. 

The Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight exhibition will celebrate this pivotal era of aviation with a vibrant new space that will feature iconic aircraft, personal stories that build connections with visitors, an expanded footprint for hands-on learning, and a stylish new eye-catching art deco design that includes full-size murals and projections.  

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Take a Look Inside the Gallery

Enjoy this artist's rendering depicting what the gallery will look like.

Bessie Coleman Amelia Earhart Explore Even More About Pioneers of Flight Take a Closer Look at the Exhibition

Air and Space Quarterly Article

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Deep Dive

Douglas World Cruiser Chicago


Book, Black Wings


The Museum gratefully acknowledges those who have generously supported this gallery.

Barron Hilton/Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Michael J. Weir and Mirian Graddick-Weir

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A major renovation is underway as we reimagine our galleries and presentation spaces in our iconic National Mall building in Washington, DC. Join us as we inspire a new generation of pioneers and explorers.

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