SEATTLE, Jan. 24, 2017--Admission to the Museum is half-price all-February for visitors staying at a participating Seattle Museum Month hotel. In addition to the Museum's daily tours, simulator rides and awesome aerospace exhibits, February offers programs with special guests from spy pilots and astronaut Michael Barratt to the Seattle Chinese Chorus. Different events every weekend. Even those who visited Seattle last year at this time will be surprised when they see how the Museum has doubled in size.
Thursday, Feb. 2 | 5 to 9 p.m.
Lunar New Year Celebration on Free First Thursday
The Museum celebrates the "Year of the Rooster" with fun family activities, music and dance performed by the Seattle Chinese Chorus, and an exclusive panel presentation about the Taiwan Air Force secret "Black Bat" and "Black Cat" reconnaissance flights during the Cold War. Admission free.
Saturday, Feb. 4 | 2 p.m.
Family-Friendly Presentation with NASA Astronaut Michael R. Barratt
Astronaut Dr. Michael R. Barratt will deliver an inspiring and family-friendly presentation at The Museum of Flight. Barratt was a Flight Engineer for Expedition 19/20 to the International Space Station in 2009, and returned to orbit in 2011 as a Mission Specialist during the last flight of space shuttle Discovery. Dr. Barratt now serves in NASA's International Space Station Operations and Integration branches to handle medical issues and on orbit support.
Saturday, Feb. 4 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest
Teams of passionate high school students from around Puget Sound compete to have their dreams shattered in front of a large audience of parents and peers. Competitors design and build small bridges that are strong and aesthetically pleasing while using only Popsicle sticks and white glue. The winners have the most original structures that last the longest under the tortures of a mechanical press.
Saturday, Feb. 4 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The universal span of engineering is shared and demoed at The Puget Sound Engineering Council's annual Engineering Fair at the Museum. Parents can think of this event as a fun, invigorating sanctuary for their tech geek children. Youth interested in engineering can learn all about exciting career opportunities by talking to pros (also geeks) from NASA, Boeing and several universities. Student clubs will be in force, along with hands-on activities for children. Curiousity welcome.
Friday, Feb. 10
New Exhibit: The Pratt-Read Glider
After years of restoration, the Museum's rare, vintage Pratt-Read PR-G1 glider is on display. The bulbous, two-seat flying machine was originally made for the U.S. Navy during World War II. The Pratt-Read is the same type that held the absolute altitude record (44,255 feet) for a two-place glider from 1952 to 2006, when the Museum's Perlan glider broke the record with a flight to 50,727 feet.
Saturday, Feb. 18 | 2 pm
InFlight InSight: For Future Generations, The History of the Museum of Flight
Lecture and Book Signing with Howard Lovering
Former Museum of Flight Executive Director Howard Lovering mined a wealth of previously unpublished photos and insider stories to write a new, comprehensive history of the Museum, "For Future Generations." Lovering will tell the story and sign books at this program.
Saturday and Sunday Feb. 18-19 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NW Scale Modelers Show
Explore the world in miniature at the 2017 NorthWest Scale Modelers Show. See hundreds of detailed scale models of all types at the largest model show in the Northwest. Featuring modeling seminars, and free make-and-take activities for families.
Saturday, Feb. 25 | 7 pm
Hops & Props
Craft Beer Festival
Hops & Props is a celebration of the best craft brews from across the Northwest and around the world - all in support of The Museum of Flight. Your commitment to our mission is greatly appreciated. Enjoy 3-oz. pours from over 70 brewers (140 beers and ciders to be exact), an epic spread of tastes from McCormick & Schmick's and live tunes. Note *Gluten-free brews and non-alcoholic beverages are available. Casual attire recommended. THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT, EXCEPT FOR AT-THE-DOOR DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKETS.
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Tour the Virtual Museum of Flight
Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today's 787 Dreamliner. Attractions at the 20-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, and the only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer.
With a foundation of aviation history, the Museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's onsite and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $23.00 on-site and $21.00 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14.00 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21.00 per adult, $13.00 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick's. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org
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