Smithsonian Institution officials announced a major renovation for the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC last Wednesday. According to the Washington Business Journal, the project, led by Quinn Evans Architects, will “include complete refacing of the exterior Tennessee marble facade, replacement of outdated mechanical systems, construction of new vestibule and queuing areas”, and the construction of new exhibits.  

“Transformation of exhibitions begins a new era for the museum”

Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, Director 
National Air and Space Museum


“The Smithsonian will begin [the] almost $1 billion renovation of the National Air and Space Museum next summer with the closing of the western side of the building”, reports Peggy McGlone for the Washington Post. The Smithsonian is expected to fund phase one of the project through federal funding and private donations.  

“The icons people associate with the National Air and Space Museum are as inspiring today as they were when they made history. But through stimulating new exhibition techniques and innovative digital engagement, we will tell exciting and relevant stories in ways that resonate with our modern communication-savvy world.”

Peter Jakab, Chief Curator 
National Air and Space Museum