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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to Get First Refresh Since the 1970s

April 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | ()

We checked out the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum when we were kids, and when we visited it recently—it looked exactly as we remembered it. Turns out that things haven’t really changed much since the place’s debut back in 1976, but thankfully that’s about to change as the place is undergoing a little bit of a 21st century facelift.

There will be some temporary closures of exhibits over the next two years, but it’s a small price to pay to get things looking shiny and new once again. Obviously history hasn’t really changed, but the curator folks are changing up what they’re showing off. Things from the Apollo moon landing will now be one of the main features that greet guests, while great goodies from the past like the Spirit of St. Louis, the Mercury capsule from the first Earth orbit, and an Apollo Lunar Module will all be some of the stuff on display.

The next couple of years will give the museum a great start towards the future, but it will be 2020 by the time all the of the things on their renovation wish list will be complete. Boeing is chipping in a cool $30 million to get things looking good, and as a result they’re scoring naming rights—Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall will be the new name for the central gallery.

As far as made up stuff—they’ve got that too—as they’re even going to go ahead and add some science fiction. If things go according to plan you might just be able to checkout the USS Enterprise from the Star Trek franchise. Please trust that we’re sending our best Klingon salute to those involved, and that we’re eager to check things out when the work is complete.

[Photo: donjd2]

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