Revitalisation for NASM
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will keep many exhibitions open while the building undergoes complete refacing of the exterior cladding, replacement of outdated mechanical systems and other repairs and improvements.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