Join EO DC for a VIP Tour of the newly renovated and reimagined Air and Space Museum on Saturday, November 26 at 11:00am.
After an eight year, 360-million-dollar renovation, the National Air & Space Museum is now accepting visitors on this VIP timed admission entry.
EO DC will present a behind the scenes look, hosted by our very own Pramod Raheja. Pramod, has had a lifelong love of aerospace since he was three years old. He originally planned to be an astronaut, and studied aerospace engineering at University of Maryland College Park. He has worked as an engineer at NASA, the Glen L. Martin Wind Tunnel, The Rotorcraft Center of Excellence, and the Space Systems Labs at the University of Maryland. With over 14,000+ hours of flight time in 30 different types of aircraft, he was accepted into the Navy as a pilot and later became a professional commercial pilot.
As the founder of Airgility, he leads the way in Aerial Robotics, AI, and Autonomous flight systems.
Originally built in 1976 with a design by Gyo Obata, the National Air and Space Museum occupies four city blocks with four marble volumes, each separated by glass and steel atriums. A portion of the building will be demolished to make way for the Bezos Learning Center, an educational facility on the site that will host programming and activities related to science and technology. It is named for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who generously donated $200 million to the project, $70 million of which will help fund the adjacent museum renovation. The remaining funds are going toward the design and construction of the new building. Five design proposals for the learning center were unveiled last month.
The partially reopened museum will allow visitors to experience eight new and updated exhibitions with 100 digital and interactive components. In the Kenneth C. Griffin Exploring the Planets Gallery, patrons can saunter along the surface of another planet through an immersive simulation; meanwhile, in One World Connected visitors peek inside a model of the International Space Station that allows them to view Earth as seen from outer space.
This event is open to EO DC Members, SLPs, Guests and SAPs. Families are encouraged to attend!