Smithsonian Air and Space Museum;

Why it is important to the community

History of place:

The Smithsonian's connection to flight began with the birth of the Institution, first introduced by Joseph Henry.

In 1946, President Harry Truman signed a bill establishing the Smithsonian's National Air Museum to memorialize the development of aviation; collect, preserve, and display aeronautical equipment; and provide educational material for the study of aviation.

Thus begun the creation of the Nation Air and Space Museum, which was planned to be called the "National Air Museum". Construction was commissioned to began in 1946

Description of place:

The Smithsonian Air and Space building was created as four marble-encased cubes containing the smaller exhibits and theaters, connected by three steel and glass atria. These atria hold the larger exhibits such as missiles, airplanes, and space-crafts.
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Individuals who made a lasting contribution:

1. Harry Truman (signed bill to fund the construction of the National Air and Space Museum

2. Joseph Henry (precursor of the Smithsonian Museums who planned to create the Air and Space Museum

3. Charles Greeley Abbot (funded experiments in the Smithsonian Society

Importance of place:

The National Air and Space Museum provides many people the opportunity to explore the various fields of science, in hopes to educate and inspire young people to pursue a career in a scientific field.


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