I wanted to go to all the musuems around the National Mall, but the entire vacation wouldn’t be enough.
I chose the National Air and Space Museum because I’m always amazed seeing airplanes indoors. XD
All photos are uploaded in my Flickr — https://www.flickr.com/photos/hyukta/sets/72157668408531046 🙂
I had to skip the space exhibits because it was almost past lunch before I was even done with the aviation exhibits and there was another place my Mom & I wanted to go to. But that gives me another reason to go back, right? 🙂 I remember seeing many kids at the space exhibits. There was also an interactive room too if memory serves me right.
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is located at Independence Ave at 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20560. They’re open from 10am to 5:30pm.
Here are some facts taken from the museum’s official website.
- The Museum is the largest of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and its Center for Earth and Planetary studies is one of the Institution’s nine research centers.
- The Museum’s collection encompasses some 60,000 objects ranging in size from Saturn V rockets to jetliners to gliders to space helmets to microchips. Fully one-third of the Museum’s aircraft and spacecraft are one-of-a-kind or associated with a major milestone.
- More than 12,000 cubic feet of documents recording the history, science, and technology of flight are housed in the Museum’s Archives. The facility also holds the most complete collection of aviation and space images — more than 1.75 million photographs and 14,000 film and video titles. The Museum in Washington, DC has 21 exhibition galleries, covering diverse topics from world wars to the history of astronomy, from the Apollo space program to the relationship between time and navigation, to the Wright brothers and the aerial age.
- Our experts are making discoveries on Mercury, the Moon and Mars; have produced the world’s most definitive research on spacesuits; are researching the history of Star Trek; and wrote a children’s book on the demotion of Pluto. Visit the Museum any time on our website or connect with us on social media. Many exhibitions are online, most lectures are webcast live, and the Public Observatory often streams live images of the Sun.
This museum is a must-visit especially if you’re into airplanes, a bit of war history, and space. 🙂
Wait, they have live images of the sun??? O_o