• Thank You Washington Shuttle Boosters
The Museum's new Space Gallery - Open 2012

Thank You Washington Shuttle Boosters

To thank you for your support, and to celebrate the new Space Gallery, we are offering Free Admission on Saturday, April 16!

Saturday will be a day to celebrate the institution’s acquisition of a space shuttle trainer, and free admission is a way the Museum can show its gratitude for the community’s goodwill and support during the Museum’s long effort to bring a NASA space shuttle orbiter to Seattle. NASA announced today that the retired space shuttles will be awarded to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the California Science Center in Los Angeles, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

While we are happy for the cities which have been awarded one the retiring space shuttles, we are thrilled to receive the full-fuselage shuttle trainer. Not only is it a unique and exciting educational artifact to have as a centerpiece of our Space Gallery, but, unlike the actual shuttles, we will be able to allow the public to walk inside it and actually see where the shuttle astronauts trained.

-Doug King, President and CEO

The new gallery will also house numerous other rare space artifacts that will be part of a one-of-a-kind exhibit about space and engaging the next generation of space explorers through hands-on learning.

The Space Gallery is being built on the west side of East Marginal Way, connected to the main building by the T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridge. Soon after the completion of the Space Gallery, construction will begin on a new building for Aviation High School on the Museum campus.  See more information and construction photos of Space Gallery.

Below is a series of graphics depicting what the completed Space Gallery will look like upon opening in 2012.  Click an image to see it full-sized.