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Why You Should Visit the New Smithsonian Exhibition, “Time & Navigation”

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, museum exhibition, navigation, navigation history, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Why You Should Visit the New Smithsonian Exhibition, “Time & Navigation”

If you’re directionally challenged, you’ll want to find your way to the new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, “Time & Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There.”  You can go in person, if you’re in Washington, DC, or you can visit the website:

As someone who has difficulty getting from Point A to Point B, you’ll appreciate the frustrations that plagued early navigators – some of whose stories are featured in this unique exhibit –  trying their hardest to find their way accurately on sea and in the air.  It took many years of struggle (with numerous setbacks as well as successes) to ultimately develop the instruments (especially clocks!) that would help them know exactly where they were and how to find their destination.

Here are some features of the exhibit and the website that may appeal to you:

  • How GPS works
  • The Time-Place connection
  • Wayfinding of the future, including robot cars (pictured above)
  • Personal navigation stories

If you’re a classroom teacher, you may be interested in the downloadable learning resources on the website:


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

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