The Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum will be holding their annual open house on January 30th in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Visitors will get a closeup view of the various restoration projects currently under way, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at a number of artifacts not on regular display in the museum. Members of the highly skilled staff responsible for conserving and preserving our aviation heritage will also be on hand to talk with the public.
In addition to the NASM’s exhibits on view, two of the National Museum of the Marine Corps aircraft will also be on display; the Douglas SBD Dauntless and H-34 which are just finishing up their restorations prior to moving to their main museum near Quantico, Virginia. It will be the first time that the general public will have been able to view these two important aircraft since the museum’s acquisition. The NMUSMC has been borrowing a corner of the Udvar-Hazy Center’s restoration space to complete the work on these two aircraft due to some issues which forced the temporary closure of the restoration hangar at Marine Base Quantico where they had been previously. (The National Marine Corps Museum is actually closed for upgrades at the moment, and won’t re-open until sometime in March, when the UH-34 and Dauntless will be on display in the main atrium.)
Information on the Open House:
Saturday, January 30, 2016
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission: Free, Parking $15
In the case of inclement weather, this event may be canceled and will not be rescheduled. For information on the status of this event, check our NASM’s website (HERE) or call 703-572-4118.
National Air and Space Society members are invited to a hospitality suite in the Executive Board Room during the event. Visit airandspace.si.edu/membertickets to make a reservation. Not a member? Join today.