Opening of Guggenheim Collection

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Opening of Guggenheim Collection of early aeronautical prints and reception honoring Harry F. Guggenheim and James E. Webb in the Arts and Industries Building. The Guggenheim Collection is the first public exhibition of a collection of 18th- and 19th-century early aeronautical prints and drawings and paintings. The exhibit covers the first 100 years of flight, from the balloon flight of the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. The Guggenheim Collection was given to the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences in 1940 and transferred to the National Air Museum, now the National Air and Space Museum, in 1963.


  • Guggenheim, Harry Frank 1890-
  • Webb, James E (James Edwin) 1906-
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (U.S.)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Collections


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 398, Box 56, Folder 5

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February 21, 1966


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  • Aeronautics
  • Exhibitions
  • Painting
  • Prints

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