World's largest collection of Boeing offers new exhibits and experiences
SEATTLE, Jan. 13, 2016--The Museum of Flight draws upon its unrivaled collection of Boeing aircraft, artifacts, images and documents to present The Boeing Company story during the year of its 2016 centennial. Opening Jan. 23, Boeing aircraft and artifacts will be highlighted throughout the Museum campus, and most galleries will offer fun new exhibits focusing on the Company.
The Centennial Hub
The Centennial Hub, located in the Museum's main lobby will invite visitors to share their connection with the Boeing Company, strike a pose in front of a mock-up of the posh 1960s 747-100 "Tiger Lounge," and listen to the oral history videos from some of Boeing's most influential innovators.
Boeing History Timeline
The Boeing History Timeline exhibit in the Great Gallery highlights Boeing's major milestones. Artifacts on display include the vintage, official employee clock from The Boeing Airplane Company's main office in the first manufacturing plant. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a Boeing P-26 Peashooter fighter aircraft on loan from the San Diego Air and Space Museum. It is a new, temporary exhibit.
The Red Barn
The Museum's largest artifact is the original Boeing airplane factory, Plant One, affectionately called The Red Barn. The Red Barn's Boeing history exhibits will be enhanced for 2016, with new exhibits emphasizing the employees' stories.
Beginning Jan. 23, monthly Centennial Weekends will offer public lectures, fly-ins, films, live music and living history performers that focus on popular culture and the Seattle experience during each decade since Boeing's founding in 1916.
Above and Beyond Exhibit
"Above and Beyond," is a new interactive science exhibit opening May 28 that explores transformative innovations in aerospace. The 5,000-square-foot touring exhibit will present an unprecedented interactive demonstration of advances in aviation and aerospace, from the first powered flights to the newest innovations on Earth and in space. After entering an immersive wraparound theater, visitors can venture into five galleries comprising dozens of interactive displays for all ages. Exhibit closes Sept. 12.
For more info, see: AboveandBeyondExhibition.com.
The New Aviation Pavilion
Sometimes bigger is better. On June 25, the Museum's largest and most popular aircraft will be displayed together for the first time under a single roof when the 3-acre, $23 million Aviation Pavilion opens to the public. Nowhere else in the world will people be able to see the prototypes of Boeing's 727, 737 and 747 airliners. Other significant Boeings on display in the exhibit will be the Model 247 from 1932-the first modern, all metal airliner; while at the other end of the spectrum is the first all-composite airliner, today's 787 Dreamliner. Among other historic planes in the Aviation Pavilion will be the World War II-era B-17 and B-29, and a B-47 Stratojet from the 1950s. The Pavilion will also offer playgrounds for children, and a café.
The Museum and Boeing
The Museum of Flight is a private, non-profit foundation. We grew up in Seattle, just like The Boeing Company. While we are proud of our unique collection of Boeing aircraft and artifacts, and our strong support from The Boeing Company and its employees since our foundation 50 years ago, we enjoy and rely upon the support of many sponsors, customers, ticket-buyers and volunteers to maintain our independence and existence.
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Image: The original Boeing manufacturing plant, now at The Museum of Flight.
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Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today's 787 Dreamliner. Attractions also include the original Boeing Company factory, and the world's only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org
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