“100 Years of Von Braun” exhibit at Huntsville’s Space & Rocket Center will be part of traveling exhibit | al.com

By Marian Accardi, The Huntsville Times 

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center exhibit, “100 Years of Von Braun: His American Journey,” will be open through Mother’s Day, May 14, then head to Europe as a traveling exhibit.

But some artifacts will remain.

Dr. Wernher von Braun's Ft. Bliss ID card. From Von Braun exhibit at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. (The Huntsville Times / Bob Gathany)

“We will always have a (von Braun) memorial exhibit with his office, his drawings and other artifacts of national importance,” said the center’s CEO Dr. Deborah Barnhart.

The company handling the placement of the von Braun exhibition and its moves across Europe is the same firm that developed and is presenting “NASA: A Human Adventure.” John Nurminen Events and its partners are presenting the “Human Adventure” exhibition, a collection of more than 250 original items and replicas from NASA, many of which have never been shown before. Artifacts on display include the spacecraft Atlantis’ cockpit and toilet seat.

“The von Braun exhibit will travel for an extended period with John Nurminen,” said Barnhart, “with planned venues in Madrid, Portugal and Munich, among others.”

The exhibition, which opened in the center’s museum in October, covers von Braun’s life in America, beginning with his surrender to U.S. forces and continuing to his death in 1977.

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It was created in-house, Barnhart said, “with the talent of the Space & Rocket Center using archives given to the Space & Rocket Center by the von Braun family.” The Space & Rocket Center has about 80 percent of von Braun’s archives, she said.

“We’ve had significant (museum) traffic through the winter and a great response” from visitors, Barnhart said. The exhibit provides “an insight into von Braun the person in addition to von Braun the rocket scientist” and shows the impact he had on the community.

Wernher von Braun Memorabilia gallery (55 photos)

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