Time and Navigation
National Air and Space Museum
If you want to know where you are, you need a reliable clock. This new permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum explores how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how people find their way.
Three interactives put visitors into the role of historical navigators, where they must not only learn about different types of navigation, but put them to use.
Reviews & Comments
The interactive displays here aim to give you a tactile sense of navigation: there are touch screens on which you can steer a craft through space or learn when to apply various navigation methods to air travel. … [The] most effective interactive display may be the [one with] simple sextants pointed at … stars on the wall, which you can use to determine a star’s angle of elevation.
— The New York Times