50th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, September 19, 2015 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Community Event / Festival
Museum of Flight

To commemorate our 50th anniversary on Sept. 14, the Museum invites the public to partake in a fun-filled birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19. In honor of this momentous occasion, the Museum will offer its original admission price of 50 cents for the entire day!

Festivities include a brief ceremony at 12:30 p.m. to kick-off our 50th birthday and announce the Astronauts on the Town Instagram contest winner and final results from the online auction. Back from their exciting adventures on the town, all 25 of our life-size, uniquely designed astronaut statues will be displayed underneath the iconic M-21 Blackbird.

Activities will be held throughout the day and include: a 50th anniversary scavenger hunt, 60's throwback costume contest, a paper plane workshop, mini-missions in our Challenger Learning Center and more! Plus, fun surprises and giveaways! We hope to see you there in your 60's wear!

Attention Astronauts on the Town Instagram Campaign Entrants: Starting at 10 a.m. you may check-in to redeem your free t-shirt. While supplies last; must show proof of Instagram account. And don't forget to attend the 50th Kick-off at 12:30 p.m. to see if you are the Grand Prize winner! Must be present to win.

Special thanks to McCormick and Schmick's, exclusive caterer of The Museum of Flight and to Theo Chocolate for their generous support!


Schedule of Events:

10 a.m. - Museum opens

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Family Education Workshops: paper airplanes, paper hats, and a design-your-own-astronaut coloring activity

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Challenger Learning Center Mini-Mission #1(ages 10 and up; 16 participants max., sign-up day of by 10:45 a.m.)

12:30 p.m. - 50th Birthday Kick-off (Side Gallery) - Astronauts on the Town announcements, 60s themed costume contest, and a special birthday surprise!

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m - "Secrets from Space" Presentation by the National Reconnaissance Office Historian Dr. James Outzen

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Challenger Learning Center Mini-Mission #2 (ages 10 and up; 16 participants max., sign-up day of by 2:15 p.m.)

5 p.m. - Museum Closes


Activities throughout the day:

Astronauts on the Town statue display

50th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt

"How to Care for your Family Heirlooms" display from the Museum's Collections Department