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It’s your last chance to visit Exploration Place’s aviation exhibit

Exploration Place will close its aviation exhibit for renovations on Monday.
Exploration Place will close its aviation exhibit for renovations on Monday. The Wichita Eagle

If your kid loves the sparkly wind wall or playing in the flight simulator at Exploration Place, you’ll want to take them this weekend.

Starting on Monday, the 51,000-square-foot “Exploring Flight and Design” permanent exhibit, which has been in place since the museum opened 17 years ago, will be closed for renovations. It won’t reopen until early December, and when it does, it will have new attractions.

When the exhibit closes, the current elements will be removed and the gallery will be painted, a wall will be removed and new glass will be installed. New pieces for the exhibit will arrive this fall, including a Boeing 737 fuselage as well as stations where visitors can build propellers, design a flight test plan or smell the aromas of an aircraft factory.

The popular wind wall, made up of 350,000 silver disks that move to demonstrate wind patterns, will stay.

When it reopens, the area will be called Design Build Fly.

The Hall of Heroes exhibit will remain open through the end of the year. Usually, the summer traveling exhibit ends Labor Day weekend, but the museum is keeping to up to make up for the closed aviation exhibit.

Exploration Place, at 300 N. McLean Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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