100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Location: Washington, D.C.

2013 Exhibitions: The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age (TBA)

The National Air and Space Museum defines itself as a center for the research into the history and science of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. And museum found a new face in 2003 after the unveiling of the Udvar-Hazy Center. The new complex, located in Chantilly, VA, features a large aviation hangar with three levels that allows the museum to show its expansive collection of aircrafts and artifacts in an unprecedented way. But, according to a June 2011 blog post by Smithsonian Mag, one of the most "peculiar objects" is no longer on display in the museum; British artist Rowland Emmet created "an electric, moving sculpture called the S.S. Pussiewillow II," that apparently "moved – it whirled, it clicked, it lit up... a whimsical kind of spaceship." Despite the museum's expansive display space Emmet's Pussiewillow has remained in storage, but still has its reserve cult of followers and fans.

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