August 11, 2013 in Aviation
Recently I made my fourth visit to the Dulles Museum. Well, that’s not the real name; it is officially the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum/Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, but that’s way too much to remember, so I just refer to it as the Dulles Museum as that is where it is located. As my Daughter lives in the area and works nearby the Museum, I try to visit ever chance I get.
I was really interested in seeing the new restoration addition. Now you do not need to go to the Silver Hill facility to see restoration projects in progress. They have since quit having tours at that location, and now you must be satisfied to look down from the balcony at Dulles.
The space part of the Museum continues to grow with each visit. The shuttle dominates of course, but you sure can spend some time checking out our history in space. The rest of the Museum continues to grow as well with additional aircraft being added on an on-going basis, none of which come from the Museum on the downtown mall, but from the Silver Hill Facility and storage. Some are restored and some are still in original paint and markings. The Museum also houses a giant I-MAX theater, so I took in one of the new shows AIR RACER, a really great show to see on the big screen.
Needless to say, there is quite a large gift shop you will certainly spend some time in.
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