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D.C. Air & Space Museum Reopens by Calvin C.
Updated: Nov 21, 2022
After a long four years, on October 14, the National Air and Space Museum finally opened, to the relief of all the airplane and space geeks in our school (and everywhere). To be fair, you don’t have to be an air or space geek to be interested. With its new exhibits, planes, and spacecraft, anyone can be excited about this!
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What are the new exhibits, you might ask? For one, there’s America by Air, which tells the story of commercial aviation. There’s also Early Flight, which explains the early history of airplanes. Thomas W. Hass, We All Fly, celebrates general aviation and its impact on today’s society. Still not interested? Maybe shift gears from aviation to — **space**. One of the space exhibitions is Destination Moon, which shows the factors that helped landing on the moon become a dream come true. In addition, you can find the Kenneth C. Griffin Gallery, which reveals the diversity of the solar system.
For those who are curious about what happened during those four years that the museum was closed, according to the Smithsonian Institution, construction for the museum is to be finished and may continue into 2025. The project plans to renovate all 23 existing exhibits, while also adding eight new ones: Raytheon Technologies, World War 2 in the Air, One World Connected, Early Flight, We All Fly, Nation of Speed, The Wright Brothers, and America by Air. The cost of this entire renovation is estimated to be around $250 million.
The newly renovated National Air & Space Museum is located at 6th Street and Independence Ave SW. Considering its 31 interesting exhibits, the museum is a must-see and well worth the visit to our nation's capital.