National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum



Dating back to 1946, the National Air and Space Museum is home to quite a few aircraft that narrate fascinating stories. Everything from the iconic Wright Brothers' Flyer and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis to World War II planes and Apollo 11 is displayed here, attracting history aficionados, science buffs and aviation fans alike. you also have the option of using the audio-visual aid to understand the technical aspects. Also found here is the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater where you can marvel at aircraft and space films on the five-story screen. Apart from that, the National Air and Space Museum also has the original Star Trek model of the USS Enterprise on display, which is a special attraction.



The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights took place on October 14, 1979. It was the first march on Washington and saw about 100,000 people show up to advocate for civil rights. The political rally was accompanied by a list of demands for the government and featured speakers such as Audre Lorde.
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When Ellen Stofan became Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in 2018, she was the first woman to hold the position. Prior to that, she had over 25 years in space exploration, including as NASA’s Chief Scientist, where she helped develop plans to get humans to Mars and get more private companies into low-Earth orbit. She is also a researcher who has focused on the geology of Venus and Mars, and currently is the Under Secretary for Science & Research at the Smithsonian.
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In 1934, Congress enacted a tariff on all foreign sugar exporters to the U.S. – including those in Hawai'i, then a territory. To avoid the tariff, the Hawaiian sugar industry worked with members of the U.S. government to coordinate a plan toward statehood. Amelia Earhart was tapped to become the first person to fly nonstop from Hawai'i to California – an act that would bring the Hawaiian islands closer to the rest of the nation. On Jan. 11-12, 1935, Earhart flew solo from Honolulu to Oakland.
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Visit the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum to get an up-close look at rockets, space science, and hands-on exhibits about how things fly. Open 364 days a year, admission is always free.
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The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is perfect for the animal enthusiast, and the National Mall is an excellent place to learn about the country’s history and take in the sights as you walk around the stunning reflection pool. If museums are more your style, check out the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History or the Air and Space Museum for some especially kid-friendly exhibits.
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