50-cent admission, 1960s theme, contests, prizes all day

SEATTLE, May 19, 2015--On Sept. 19, the Museum celebrates the big five-o with an all-day birthday party and 50-cent admission (the original ticket price). Visitors are encouraged to dress for the party's 1960s theme. Festivities begin at noon with a nod to the the Museum's artist-designed astronaut statue program, Astronauts on the Town. Next will be a 60's costume and fashion contest that is open to all visitors (the audience chooses the winner). Family activities throughout the day include a Scavenger hunt, and a design-your-own-astronaut coloring project. A Museum archivist will also be on hand to answer questions about preserving family photos and other personal treasures.

Astronaut on the Town Contest
The astronaut artworks have been on display all summer in the Seattle area, with an associated Instagram contest (prizes include two tickets on Alaska Airlines). Contest winners and the final results from the Astronauts on the Town online auction will be announced at the noon ceremony. All 25 of the statues will be back at the Museum and in formation below the M/D-21 Blackbird.

A Brief Museum History
The Museum has come a long way since its founding on Sept. 14, 1965. It was originally formed as the Pacific Northwest Historical Aviation Foundation (PNHAF), and was located in some small offices near the Space Needle at Seattle Center until 1979. The name was changed to Museum of Flight in 1981, and the doors were opened at its current Boeing Field location in the newly-restored Boeing "Red Barn" factory. Now the Museum campus spreads its wings across 15 acres with four spacious buildings and one more under construction. Not to mention the Museum's Restoration Center and Reserve Collection at Paine Field in Everett. The Museum's archives include more photos than the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, its Educational outreach may be the largest of its kind, and through it all, the Museum remains a fun place for visitors near and far.

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, 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

Ted Huetter
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Rachel Dreeben
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