VA’s Museum of Transportation to open next month
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A museum dedicated to the history and preservation of the United States has been announced for the National Mall in Washington, DC.
The museum will open in October.
The first stop will be the National World War II Museum, which was established in 1945.
It is expected to be open later this year.
The site was initially slated to be a WWII museum, but after pressure from Congress and the public, the museum was put on hold.
The Smithsonian Institution, which has hosted the museum since 2013, has also announced it will be closing in 2019.
A museum for the American public has been a dream of many, but it has been elusive for years.
In 2017, the National Museum of American History in Washington DC opened to the public.
It was the first time the National Gallery of Art and the National Endowment for the Humanities had opened to public.
The Washington, D.C. museum will be part of the new Smithsonian Institution in 2020, the Washington Post reported.
“This new museum will focus on the full range of American history and culture, and will be a catalyst for conversation and reflection about our nation’s history and legacy,” Sarah McBride, a Smithsonian spokesperson, told the Post.
“It will offer the best way to appreciate our past, explore the enduring connections between our people and our history, and to build bridges between our nation and the world.”
The museum’s director is Scott Ritter, who was a senior transportation planner for the United Kingdom and Australia in the 1960s and 1970s.
He served as the chief executive of the British government’s Department of Transport from 1969 to 1971.
The National Museum is expected take over the space previously occupied by the Department of Transportation and the Smithsonian Institution’s National World History Museum, according to The Washington Post.
The opening of the museum will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of National Museum in Washington.
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