Although the entrance to the National Air and Space Museum is traditionally free, guests are required to purchase temporary admission tickets. They are available online from Wednesday, September 14.
Free tickets for a specific date and time can be booked from 10:00 to 16:00, and those who want to get into the museum “to the day” can try to buy a ticket starting at 8:30.
This time visitors to the museum will see both new exhibits and well-known ones.
Among them — the plane in which Jacqueline Cochran was the first woman to break the sound barrier in 1953; Sharp DR 90 Nemesis — the most successful aircraft in the history of air racing; the command module Apollo 11 Columbia, which first flew people to the moon; 1903 Wright Flyer, etc.
At the same time, according to a press release, the Apollo 11 Columbia command module will be placed in a specially designed case with climate control. Together with Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit, it will be the centerpiece of the Destination Moon exhibit.
The Wright Flyer will welcome visitors in a dynamic new setting that tells the story of the invention of aviation and its impact on world history.
Star Wars fans will be especially excited to see the full size X-Wing Starfighter from The Rise of Skywalker for the first time.
In addition to eight new and state-of-the-art exhibitions, the museum will reopen a planetarium. The Mars Cafe will also open.
Since 2018, the museum has been reconstructing all 23 exhibition and presentation halls, updating the appearance and carrying out other repairs in the building.
The west wing of the museum will open not completely, because the repair work is still ongoing. They are expected to last until 2025. As early as 2024, the gradual opening of other parts of the museum, including additional galleries, an Imax cinema and a new entrance group, is expected.
The east side of the building will be completed in 2025.