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National Air and Space Museum Says Pardon Our Renovation, But Come Anyway

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by MULTIZ321, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. MULTIZ321

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    National Air and Space Museum Says Pardon Our Renovation, But Come Anyway
    By Jane Recker/ Smithsonian-Institution/ smithsonianmag.com

    "In need of a new facade, the museum undergoes top-to-bottom change, bringing state-of-the-art technology and 21st century stories into its exhibitions.

    In 1976, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum building opened on the National Mall to much fanfare and celebration, quickly becoming one of the most visited museums in the world. The opening was part of the nation’s bicentennial celebrations, and the construction of the sprawling, blocks-long building was completed on time and on budget. But the cost-saving measures enacted to meet budgetary requirements have not weathered the test of time. In 2011 after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Washington, D.C., investigators assessing damages found that cracking and warping of the museum’s 1.5-inch-thick walls appeared to have compromised the building’s HVAC system. Covered walkways were put up for fear of falling chunks of marble.

    The museum’s new director Ellen Stofan, NASA’s former chief scientist, has noted the much-loved museum was in need of attention. “We’re falling apart,” she told the Washington Post.

    In a massive, seven-year project, the entire facade will be replaced, a project that calls for half the museum to be closed at any given time. But visitors will still be able to see parts of the museum's galleries.

    Keeping the museum open means the project will take longer, says Elizabeth Wilson, the museum’s assistant director of advancement, despite the inconveniences both visitors and construction workers will experience during the renovation period....."

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    Visitors can still see iconic aircraft, like the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis (right) and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis in the centralized “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.” (Jane Recker)



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    The in-town location is wonderful, but the "annex" in Chantilly VA is stupendous because of its size. THIS is how I'd like to see more of my tax dollars spent!
     

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