The museum welcomes hundreds of groups each year, including school students, scout troops, and senior citizens. Many bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside before or after their visit to the museum. Unfortunately, the museum has just seven picnic tables, which is not enough to accommodate these groups.
We have heard comments from passersby that happen into Wapakoneta or the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. Millions of motorists pass Exit 111 each year, entirely unaware of the world-class museum hiding in plain sight. Soon that will change.
The proposed sign on the Interstate 75 side of the building will introduce the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to the nearly 15 million motorists passing it annually. This project has enormous implications for attendance at the museum.
Five firms submitted proposals for the project; a design by Cris Schneider of Schneider National Sign Corporation of Wapakoneta was selected. Cris designed this simple and effective banner-style sign that will compliment the architecture of the museum without obscuring or detracting from the original design. The letters will glow blue at night, boldly announcing the museum to after-hours motorists.
The new vision for the museum grounds is to include a picnic pavilion with an adequate number of tables, as well as protective covering for those days when the weather is not cooperative.
The Tranquility Base Picnic Pavilion will fulfill more than just these obvious functions. Educational panels within the pavilion will enhance visitors’ experience even when the museum is closed. A storage area at the west end of the pavilion will provide space for the museum’s grounds keeping equipment.
The pavilion will also serve as a community hot spot, accomodating family get-togethers, annual picnics, reunions, and other social events on the museum's park-like grounds.
The museum is owned by the State of Ohio, is part of the Ohio Historical Society’s statewide system of historic sites and museums, and is operated by the local Armstrong Air and Space Museum Association. Neil Armstrong has never been involved in the management of the museum nor benefited from it in any way.
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