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Feb 1, 2013 - Per ardua, ad astra

Washington D.C.’s museum are internationally renowned for being the best in the world, with one of a kind collections and exhibits. A good way of moving around Washington D.C. to visit some of these amazing and interesting museums is with a charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Bus Charter Washington D.C. Travel through D.C. with your charter bus group in style and comfort as your friendly and reliable charter bus driver takes your group out for an unforgettable D.C. museum tour.

If there are members in your charter bus group who are aviation enthusiasts, a visit to the National Air and Space Museum is a must. The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. The museum is actually has two separate exhibit halls. The first is the National Mall building, which has hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. At last count there were, on display, 61 aircraft, 51 large space artifacts, and over 2,000 smaller items, including life size dioramas.

A short charter bus ride away is the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which displays many more aviation artifacts, including many aircraft and spacecraft too large to fit into the National Mall building. Inside this cavernous display space, charter bus visitors can get up close and view many historic aircraft, including the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay and Space Shuttle Discovery. Opened in 2003, the Udvar-Hazy Center, visitors will find many engines, helicopters, ultra-lights, and experimental flying machines on display, while they walk on the elevated skywalks. Charter bus visitors can also ascend the Donald D. Engen observation tower to watch flight operations at Dulles airport.

For a unique look at the way the Smithsonian Institution restores and preserves aircraft, charter bus visitors can view the behind the scenes work at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility. In here, artifacts and the specialists working on them can be seen from the visitors mezzanine. The newly constructed Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar is spacious enough to accommodate several aircraft at one time. The facility will give the Museum’s specialists the room and equipment required to reconstruct, repair, and preserve artifacts. From a glassed-in mezzanine, visitors will be able to view behind-the-scenes work rarely seen by the public.

For a flight into history, give Bus Charter Washington D.C. a call to find out how you can arrange a very special charter bus trip to visit Washington D.C.s various museum with a selection from their fleet of charter buses.