LEGO Travel AdvEnture
Opening May 25, 2013 on Memorial Day weekend and lasting throughout the summer until September 8th the CR Smith Museum will present the exhibition LEGO Travel Adventure that asks children “What Will You Build?” The exhibition invites children and their families to use LEGO bricks to create their own imaginary dream-machines to take them to some amazing destinations.
Within LEGO Travel Adventure, visitors are encouraged to create vehicles capable of flying, driving, and floating and to go on travel adventures to exotic locations − children are challenged to think creatively, plan, and build vehicles that could move through all kinds of terrain – mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts, and more. Dioramas featuring Florida, Hawaii, Paris and San Francisco inspire the creation of vehicles with wings, wheels, masts and more.
LEGO Travel Adventure features creations by LEGO Master Builders including recreations of the Wright Brothers Flight at Kitty Hawk, the driving of the Golden Spike in the Transcontinental Railroad, the building of the first Model T, and a cruise liner. Children can also have their photo taken behind the wheel of a kid-size race car created entirely out of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks. Age-appropriate build tables featuring parts and pieces from LEGO® sets such as the LEGO® City, LEGO® Creator, LEGO® Friends, and LEGO® DUPLO® lines are available in the exhibit for children to create their own vehicles.
The exhibition also includes a diorama featuring the Travel Adventure Vehicle (T.A.V.), an approximately 6-inch hybrid LEGO brick vehicle created specifically for the new exhibit by LEGO Master Builder Steve Gerling. In keeping with the theme of the exhibit to create vehicles capable of taking children and families anywhere their imagination can go, the T.A.V. is equipped with all of the right vehicle parts to travel in the air, across land, and under water. The diorama includes several versions of the vehicle traveling across many terrains including taking off for a ride through the sky, over roads, up a mountain, and under water! In addition to the diorama, a full-size version of the T.A.V. is also available for families to go on an adventure together inside.
LEGO Travel Adventure provides children and families with an amazing immersive museum-experience that combines play with creativity to improve children’s empirical thinking and physical dexterity skills. As it has in other cities, the Museum anticipates that this will be an incredibly popular and visible presentation unlike any it has hosted before.
Make plans to visit the CR Smith Museum to see our latest exhibit, 747 Jumbo Jet. This exhibit takes a close look at the history of the Boeing 747 also known as "Queen of The Skies" or "Jumbo Jet". The versatility of the 747 has allowed it to serve as a passenger plane, cargo transport, Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, and even as the official mobile office of the President of The United States - Air Force One. The exhibit will be on display from March 23rd through May 11th. Don't Miss it!
In the Museum lobby is a striking sculpture of a bald eagle with the message "Thanks C.R." The sculpture was created by American Airlines Captain Zandy Carter and presented to the museum. There are also models of the aircraft currently operated by American Airlines and American Eagle, surrounding a globe indicating the airline's worldwide destinations.
The History Wall combines hundreds of historic objects with interactive videos, electronic quiz games and audio exhibits that document American Airlines history through the years.
Learn how and why airplanes fly, with wind tunnels, computer games and interactive displays explaining the basics of aerodynamics.
Sit in the co-pilot's seat as you fly over the Golden Gate Bridge or "fly-by" a cruise ship in San Francisco Bay. Our two-seat Beechcraft simulator lets you feel the controls of a real airplane. Special volunteer assistance is necessary, so we ask that you please call 817-967-5904 (or 817-967-5912) during operating hours to check availability of the simulator. The simulator is first come, first serve; no appointments necessary. Our current volunteer schedule for simulator: Tues 1pm-5pm, Wed 9am-5pm, Thur 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-3pm. Disclaimer: volunteers operate the simulator and are subject to cancel with little notice. Please call the day of to make sure the simulator is operating.
Photographs, awards and other memorabilia give a biographical sketch of C.R. Smith's milestones and achievements. "Mr. C.R." was instrumental in the design of the DC-3 and in shaping the airline industry during his many years as chief executive.
Spirit of American Movie
Catch the "Spirit…" at the C.R. Smith Museum. The Spirit of American is presented in Digital High Definition on a huge 42' X 36' screen. The movie takes viewers from the dream of commercial aviation as C.R. Smith envisioned it and follows the history of a young American Airlines to the present day. It reflects the spirit of pioneering aviators, the spirit of our country and the incredible spirit of one of the best commercial airlines in the world, American Airlines. Narrated by James Garner, Spirit of American's title song is performed by Michael Bolton. A DVD of the movie is available in the Museum Gift Shop.
Maintaining the Fleet
See how American Airlines mechanics maintain today's highly complex airplanes. This exhibit includes a gigantic General Electric CF6 engine from the McDonnell Douglas MD-11
An Industry Leader
The Industry Leader exhibit celebrates American's many innovations and "firsts," which have shaped the modern air transportation industry.