Air & Space


As you know, when he’s not playing manservant to me, my husband is an astronomer so it’s not surprising that the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum is his favourite museum.  It seems that he is not alone as, according to the Smithsonian website, that particular museum is the most visited in the world.

Just how many people visit the Air & Space Museum?  An average of 9 million a year!

The museum was originally called the National Air Museum when formed August 12th 1946 by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Truman.   It was renamed the National Air and Space Museum in 1976  to take into consideration the space race of the 1950’s and 60’s.

Anyhow, the manservant loves to take visitors to the museum and step-children are not excepted.    Their first day here we got the “kids” out of the house way earlier than they wanted to ensure we’d be there at opening time to beat the crowds.  As you can see it was pretty empty when we first arrived We wandered around looking at all the interesting spacey things and had plenty of time to read all the little tags and notices.  ~ These are a few of my favourite things~

Here is the Locksmith & Amanda, jetlagged but enjoying the museum

And, following on with the space theme,  today the shuttle piggybacked into town.  Most of our office staff was down near the National Mall watching it fly overhead.  This photo was taken by a work mate as I was one of the few left to “man”  the office.


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    • My co-worker emailed the photo to her (American) mother and her mother thought it was either a photoshopped or real attack on the Washington Monument. Co-worker asked “how could she not have heard of this – it’s been on the news everywhere!” Yep – even my mother in Australia had seen news of this last flight 🙂

  1. I’ve been to the Air & Space museum. I was very young. I remember a moon landing thingie… lots of gold foil (though I recall it as copper looking in photos). I recall the airplanes too – but never know if it’s from photo or memory.

    AWESOME pic of the shuttle! I would have loved to have seen that!

    • Yeah I was sorry to have missed the shuttle flyover. Everyone who went from our office put their photos on the shared drive so we could all see them but it’s not quite the same as being there. There is a *lot* of “foily” looking stuff in the museum 🙂

    • I must admit that I’ve never sought out the coffee shop – on the 3 or 4 visits I’ve had to the museum I’ve arrived on opening time and left as soon as it starts to get crowded. I’d take you to one of the art galleries like the National Portrait Gallery …

  2. Awww. I feel so connected! many of my friend got up at a Hideously early hour…to watch the shuttle leave Cape Canaveral for the last time. It was an emotional day on the Space Coast!

  3. Cool shuttle shot! And yes the locksmith looks severely jetlagged, glad they enjoyed the museum. I’ve been there a few times. I had no idea it was the most visited in the world!! I suppose it helps that it’s free.

    • I love that the Smithsonian museums are free – it makes them available to families who might not otherwise be able to afford some of the entrance fees. I tend to revisit the Museum of Natural History rather than Air & Space.

  4. That’s one of my all-time favorite museums. As a schoolchild in Maryland, we went there on field trips every couple of years. Being able to watch “Powers of Ten” multiple times in a row was a special thrill.

    • “Powers of Ten” was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the US National Film Registry. The manservant drags me to watch any/all little films in museums. Your field trips would’ve been way more exciting than what we got out in the middle-of-nowhere town….

  5. On my list of must-see museums! I’ve always loved the old biplanes and would love seeing those in the great hall. Visiting a favorite museum with family and friends is always a plus, though mine fume at my gawking for hours in a single gallery or exhibit. I often have to come back to a museum by myself so as to not wear out the kids, who have to find a bench and wait too patiently while I stare at everything.

    • LOL – that’s so funny about wearing out the kids HG! It’s amazing how much staying power we “oldies” have when it comes to galleries and museums. I like to read the cards describing what I’m looking at or the history of an item; the manservant loves all the little films – it can take us a long time to get through even a small museum.

  6. Wonderful story and photographs Emjay….I’d love to have a visit there escorted by The Manservant,

    Oh, and GOM is just a spoilsport…..I really was impressed with the idea that 24,657 people visit the museum every day.

    • The manservant would love to escort you there GOF – he is always super enthusiastic when someone shows an interest in space.
      Isn’t it an amazing number of visitors! The kids hated being hustled out the door so early but it really does pay to get there as soon as it opens.

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