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A popular history of the National Air and Space Museum. Article begins with a short history of obtaining Congressional approval and funding for the NASM building and its subsequent design and construction. Collection policies of NASM and criteria for choosing artifacts for display are discussed. Anecdotal descriptions of famous aircraft are included with descriptions of the restoration process. The process of suspending some of the aircraft in the building is also described. The article provides a complete description of the layout of the building and its various facilities for staff and research.


  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility
  • United States Congress
  • National Air Museum (U.S.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Aviation Quarterly Vol. 2, 3 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


3rd Quarter 1976


  • Airplanes
  • Architecture
  • Aeronautics
  • Congressional Debates
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Museum architecture
  • Space flight
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Openings
  • Restoration
  • Exhibitions
  • Budget
  • Rockets (Aeronautics)
  • Astronautics
  • Silver Hill Facility (Maryland)
  • Aeronautical museums
  • Buildings
  • Facilities
  • Museum techniques
  • Space vehicles

Physical description

pp. 301-326

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