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A short article summarizing the evolution of the National Air and Space Museum beginning from the Smithsonian's first aeronautical acquisitions in 1876, the construction of the tin shed Aircraft Building designated the National Air Museum in 1946, and the opening of NASM in 1976.


  • National Air and Space Museum
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Air & Space Vol. 1, 2 (Journal)

Contact information

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


June/July 1986


  • Museum buildings
  • Airplanes
  • Openings
  • Aeronautics
  • Congressional Debates
  • New Museums
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Budget
  • Astronautics
  • Aircraft Building
  • Museum visitors

Physical description

pp. 24-26

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