On June 10, The Museum of Flight will boldly depart from its traditional flightpath to host a museum-wide, community-focused celebration connecting the region’s vibrant arts scene with its rich aerospace history. The six-month Art+Flight project will exhibit dozens of artworks in all mediums by over 30 artists, including three newly commissioned murals and an installation drawn from the Museum’s art collection.
The project will also host an artist-in-residence, and offer performing arts programs, artist lectures, an interactive mural project and frequent family arts activities through January 7, 2024.
“The Museum is renowned for its expansive aerospace collections and vivid storytelling,” said The Museum of Flight President and CEO Matt Hayes. “For over 55 years we have shared the physicality of flying machines, their place in history and the people close to them. Now we’re taking a look from new perspectives.”
“As visitors we might have profound impressions and share deep connections to what’s in this museum, but do not have the means to express it. This is when artists can help. Art+Flight will elevate our experience and help us to realize our feelings, enhance our perceptions, and remind us of the awe and joy of flight through the language of art. The project will also engage the Museum with the rich diversity of the local community in entirely new ways for us, and that is very exciting.”
About The Museum of Flight
Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving 600,000 visitors. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today’s 787 Dreamliner. Attractions at the 23-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer, Air Force One, Concorde, Lockheed Blackbird and Apollo Moon rockets. In addition to the Seattle campus adjacent to King County International Airport, the Museum also has its 3-acre Restoration Center and Reserve Collection at Paine Field in Everett (not currently open to the public).
With a foundation of aviation history, the Museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s onsite and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $26. Youth 5 through 17 are $18, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $22. Groups of ten or more: $20 per adult, $13 per youth, $18 per senior. Admission is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café operated by McCormick & Schmick’s. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org