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Describes the history, planning, design, construction, exhibit installation, and opening of the National Air and Space Museum. Highlights the three major halls; the "Milestones of Flight" Gallery, the air transportation and space halls. Also describes the seventeen special galleries and the two exhibition areas at the ends of the building. Short histories of important aircraft are given as well as histories of the Apollo 15 lunar mission and various other spacecraft and satellites. Article concludes with information about the Albert Einstein Spacearium.


National Air and Space Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 7 (Journal)

Contact information

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


June 1976


  • Museum buildings
  • Airplanes
  • Artificial satellites
  • Openings
  • Flight
  • Aeronautics
  • New Museums
  • Exhibitions
  • Space flight
  • Rockets (Aeronautics)
  • Galleries
  • Astronautics
  • Space vehicles

Physical description

pp. 44-55

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