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New Museum Exhibition “Time & Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There”

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in museum exhibition, navigation, navigation history, personal navigation | 0 comments

New Museum Exhibition  “Time & Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There”

If you’re a Washingtonian or if you’ll be visiting the nation’s capital this summer, be sure to check out a new permanent exhibition: “Time & Navigation – The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There,” at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. This exhibition tells the complex tale of how human beings have been able to figure out how to get from one place to another – at sea, in the air, and in space – starting in the 13th century. The surprise takeaway (for those not in the know) is that accurate navigation depends on having an accurate clock. “Time & Navigation” uses text, photos, graphics and a series of fascinating instruments and artifacts. Shedding useful light on the history of navigation, it also provides enlightening context to our 21st-century, widespread use of GPS devices.

The National Air & Space Museum is at 6th & Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20560.  (202) 633-2214.  Hours are 10 am – 5:30 pm daily, except Dec. 25.  Some days include extended hours.  Admission is free.  “Time & Navigation” is on the 2nd Floor in Gallery 213.


Link to The New York Times story about this exhibition, “Cracking the Mystery of Here to There”:


Photo taken 5/4/13.  Content is copyrighted by The Smithsonian Institution.

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