Clouds in a Bag is one of the latest exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum that you do not want to miss, especially if you are a flight enthusiast. While the birth of flight began over two centuries ago, this exhibit allows you to fully immerse yourself in the excitement that so many felt during that time.
During the late 18th century, you can imagine the crowds that would gather to watch the first balloons rise and carry human beings into the air. People were mesmerized by the invention of the balloon, and even decades later, the great American collectors, Evelyn Way Kendall and her husband, Henry Plimpton Kendall, gathered artifacts of this time. These artifacts included art, posters, manuscripts and other materials that documented the history of flight.
What’s on Display at the “Clouds in a Bag” Exhibition?
There are numerous artifacts on display at the Clouds in a Bag exhibit. From balloon prints displaying the London crowds in awe of the balloon Royal Sultan to paintings of the first hot air balloons as far back as 1783, you’ll be enlightened by the rich history these artifacts display.
You’ll also be able to view other artifacts like a miniature watercolor painting of a balloon over a French military camp in 1794, a small box featuring a mixed hot air and hydrogen balloon over the English Channel, and wood snuff box displaying the Montgolfier flight from Versailles in 1783. With each artifact, you’ll get a glimpse of what it was like to be a part of the excitement of the early days of flight.
When and Where is the Exhibit?
To see the Clouds in a Bag exhibit, you’ll want to visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The exhibit is open daily through December 31, 2018, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan a trip to the museum. With such amazing pieces on display, it’s well worth the drive from Maryland.
With the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center being a part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, there are also plenty of other exhibitions that may peak your interest. Destination Moon is an exhibit that honors the achievements of the early space program and features this state-of-the-art traveling. The Artist Soldiers is another admired exhibit that captures the artistic expression during the war. There are countless others that are sure to be of interest to you and your family.
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