Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center
Reopening Planned for September 29
National Park Service is excited to announce that the Wright Brothers
National Memorial visitor center will reopen on Saturday, September 29.
Details for a grand reopening event will be announced later this month.
the winter of 2016, the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor
Center, a National Historic Landmark, has been closed for a project to
preserve and restore its architecturally significant features and to
rehabilitate its mechanical and electrical systems. The $5.8 million
rehabilitation project was awarded to Group III Management, Inc.
(Kinston, North Carolina).
the visitor center has been under renovation, staff were busy managing
a separate project to design, fabricate, and install all new
interactive exhibits. The fully accessible exhibits reveal an intimate
look at Wilbur and Orville Wright, along with their inspirations and
setbacks in achieving flight. The exhibits highlight why they chose
Kitty Hawk for their flight experiments from 1900-1903 and what life
was like for the brothers during their time in the Outer Banks. The
exhibits also highlight people who helped and interacted with the
Wrights, like their sister Katharine Wright, Paul Laurence Dunbar,
Octave Chanute, Bill and Addie Tate, and Charles Taylor. In addition to
all new exhibits, a 16-screen video wall features images of Wilbur and
Orville, Wright flying machines, inspirational quotes, images of
flight, and select scenes of flight. The $1.5 million exhibit project
was awarded to Formations Inc. (Portland, Oregon).
the visitor center reopens on September 29, visitors will once again be
able to see the 1903 Wright Flyer. Seeing the reproduction of the 1903
Wright Flyer that the brothers made their first flight in is an amazing