• Wright Brothers National Memorial

    Wright Brothers

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The Wright Brothers Visitor Center


The Wright Brothers Visitor Center

Exhibits and artifacts on the Wright brothers’ background and the development of their flying machines are on display. A replica of the 1903 Flyer as well as the Wright Brothers Bookstore operated by Eastern National are at the visitor center.

The Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine was established in 1966 by the First Flight Society, honors individuals and groups that have achieved significant firsts in the development of aviation.

Interior of the Centennial Pavilion


The Centennial Pavilion

Built in 2003, the pavilion exhibit hall houses exhibits dealing with the Outer Banks at the turn-of-the-century, the evolution of aviation, the challenges of flight, the development of the 2003 replica, and NASA-sponsored space exhibits as well as a Gift Shop. Children's programs, special events, and films are presented in the multi-purpose auditorium.

A replica of the Wright brothers' hangar


Living Quarters and Hangar

A two minute stroll from the visitor center, the living quarters and hangar are reconstructed at the original locations. The living quarters is furnished with items similar to those that the Wrights used from 1900 to 1903 and the hangar replicates the building where the Wrights stored their 1903 Flyer.

An image of the flightline showing granite markers where the first flights landed.


Flight Line

Located just west of the reconstructed camp buildings, a large granite boulder commemorates the take-off point for the first successful powered, controlled-flights by the Wright brothers. Four smaller stone markers chart the path of the flights.


Did You Know?

Cloth and wood taken to the moon.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, carried with him a piece of the cloth and wood from the original 1903 Wright Flyer.