Today the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Library & Archives is one of the largest of its type in the nation with what is believed to be the largest online aerospace collection in the world. But this wasn’t always the case. What started with rather humble beginnings in the 1960s, has grown to be one of the most respected and sought after aviation collections in the world. When the first few items were gathered, no one could have imagined that they would be instantly viewable to millions across the globe.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum currently has more return moon rocks than any other museum on the west coast, with four on display. Moon rocks were first brought back to Earth on Apollo 11, and because no one knew what the makeup was, they were carried back in an airtight metal suitcase, which is also on display in the rotunda.
Leonardo da Vinci remains one of the most fascinating people history has ever known. Remembered by most people as an artist, Da Vinci sketched and drew countless inventions, machines, robotics and technological wonders we take for granted today – all centuries before their time. Today, visitors to the Da Vinci: The Ultimate Innovator special exhibition at the San Diego Air & Space Museum can experience da Vinci’s true genius.