Night at the (Air and Space) Museum

The National Air and Space Society is sponsoring a “Behind-the-Scenes Experience” at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center from 6-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Night at the Museum is free, but you have to get tickets in advance; request tickets online by clicking here.

From the National Air and Space Museum’s Web site:

“Curators, archivists, educators, restoration staff, and other experts to share stories and answer your questions. This wonderful event provides you with the opportunity to learn from the experts who research, preserve, restore, and bring to life our amazing aviation and space exploration artifacts.

“The Night at the Museum event was a great opportunity not only for my family to (again) visit the Udvar-Hazy Center in a less crowded, more intimate way, but the interaction with the Museum officials and curators was awesome. My 10-year-old son is still telling all his friends about it – and so am I. Learning the lesser-known trivia and behind-the-scenes stories never gets old to me. Hearing about the hanging of the artifacts and details from experts about the Enterprise and SR-71 in-flight refueling was fascinating.” — Keith Duke, Ellicott City, MD

National Air and Space Museum photographer Dane Penland will lead a special photography tour of the Center, advising visitors on the finer points of capturing that perfect picture of their favorite artifact. With more than 20 years at the Smithsonian as a photographer, Penland has captured images of thousands of priceless artifacts, ranging from the Hope Diamond to the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay. Be sure to bring your camera and get tips from an official Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center photographer.

This special event features unique tours that will shed new light on how the Museum operates. It provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center through activities that are not available outside of this event.



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