Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion for NASM

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The Smith­so­nian has an­nounced plans to ‘re­vi­talise and trans­form’ the Na­tional Air and Space Mu­seum in Wash­ing­ton, DC. The project, which will start next sum­mer and take about seven years, will be done on a phased sched­ule that will keep many exhibitions open while the build­ing un­der­goes com­plete refac­ing of the ex­te­rior cladding, re­place­ment of out­dated me­chan­i­cal sys­tems and other re­pairs and im­prove­ments. All of the mu­seum’s 23 galleries and pre­sen­ta­tion spa­ces will be up­dated or com­pletely re­done.

“Trans­for­ma­tion of exhibitions be­gins a new era for the mu­seum,” said NASM Di­rec­tor Gen. J R ‘Jack’ Dai­ley. “We’re de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive ways to ex­pe­ri­ence Amer­ica’s favourite mu­seum through exhibitions that merge mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and de­sign to high­light leg­endary air­craft and spacecraft. The ex­hi­bi­tion will use creative and dy­namic tech­niques to en­gage vis­i­tors while they are at the mu­seum and af­ter they leave. Many exhibitions will be re­freshed but re­tain cur­rent themes, and oth­ers will be com­pletely re­placed. The exhibitions through­out the mu­seum will be grouped by theme to al­low for eas­ier way find­ing and a bet­ter vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.” Fur­ther info: airandspace.si.edu/reimag­ine

Fa­mil­iar GA types on dis­play in the CG 'We All Fly' gallery

CG im­pres­sion of 'Re-in­vent­ing Flight' gallery (sad to see so many air­craft sus­pended out of proper sight, we would say — Ed.)

Above: CG art­work shows the re­vised en­trance Be­low: GC im­pres­sion of the ‘Amer­ica by Air’ gallery

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