Claim Yourself: Smithsonian Institution Offers Free Tickets to Open Air and Space

With only a month left until the long-awaited opening, you can now claim a seat to see the new and updated galleries of the National Air and Space Museum.

The Smithsonian Institution will begin handing out free admission tickets with timestamps. (will open in a new tab) starting today (September 14) at 12:00 ET (16:00 GMT).

Closed since late March, the Air and Space Museum’s flagship building on the National Mall in Washington, DC, is now more than half completed. (will open in a new tab) a seven-year, $900 million exterior and interior renovation. On October 14, the museum will present its first eight completed galleries. (will open in a new tab)as well as reopening its gift shop, Mars Café and refurbished planetarium.

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Two new and expanded exhibition areas focus on the history of space exploration: The Kenneth S. Griffin Planet Exploring Gallery, which features rovers and interplanetary probes, and Destination Moon, which shows how the first astronauts walked on the surface. lunar surface.

Other galleries opening October 14 include: America by Air, Early Flying, Speed ​​Nation, One World Connected, and Thomas W. Haas, We’re All Flying. The 1903 Wright Flyer will also be featured again in the fast-paced new film The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Air Age.

Given the expected high demand for entry, the Air and Space Museum will require temporary passes for all visitors for at least the first six weeks. Early visitors can reserve up to six free admission passes through the museum’s website. (will open in a new tab). (Groups of 10 or more must visit the museum’s group booking page.)

Map showing eight galleries, a museum store, the Mars Café, and a planetarium opening October 14, 2022 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. (Image credit: Smithsonian Institution)

All visitors, regardless of age, must have a pass; although a specific entry time must be reserved, passes do not limit the amount of time visitors can spend at the museum. The building, located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue Southwest, will be open from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily, but passes will be disabled for entry at 4:00 pm daily.

Beginning October 14, visitors can gain access by presenting either their digital pass on their mobile device or a paper copy they print out at home.

The museum provided a special batch of passes for members of its National Air and Space Society. Instructions on how to reserve these tickets will be emailed to society members on Wednesday.

Work continues on the other half of the building of the National Air and Space Museum. The Milestones of Flight central hall is scheduled to reopen in 2024, with the remaining 14 galleries to reopen next year.

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