• The iconic first flight of the Wright brothers in their 1903 Wright Flyer

    Wright Brothers

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Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center

The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center

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Enjoy learning about one of the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th century as you experience the lively atmosphere inside the Wright Brothers Visitor Center.

Operational Hours

  • open all year except Christmas Day 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Exhibits include

  • a Wright brothers wind tunnel reproduction
  • the original Wright brothers' engine block
  • the 1902 Glider and the 1903 Flyer reproductions.

Special programs

  • daily scheduled presentations are conducted by park rangers in the Flight Room Auditorium. Additional talks and conducted tours are available during the summer season. Contact us for scheduled programs.


Available facilities

  • include restrooms, bookstore, and telephones.
 
Exhibits in the Pavilion

The Centennial Pavilion houses exhibits on the evolution of aviation from the Wright Brothers to the moon landing and beyond.

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The Centennial Pavilion

  • Houses exhibits dealing with the Outer Banks at the turn-of-the-century, the evolution of aviation, Wright Experience’s exhibit on the development of the 2003 replica, and NASA-sponsored space exhibits as well as a Gift Shop.
  • Films/videos are shown in the multi-purpose auditorium.
  • Celebratory events such as the December 17, 1903 Anniversary, Wilbur Wright’s birthday, National Aviation Day/ Orville Wright's birthday occur each year in the auditorium.

Did You Know?

The glider with Big Kill Devil Hill in 1902

In 1902, the Wrights made 250 glides in just two days and tallied more than 1,000 glides in one month. From the hills, they perfected the art of soaring and control of the aircraft.