Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Rehabilitation Update

This morning I was lucky enough to get a tour of the rehabilitation project underway at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

The Visitor Center rehabilitation project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Along with the project to rehabilitate the building, an exhibit upgrade project for inside the building has been initiated and will start shortly after the rehab concludes.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2001, should be fully operational and open to the public next summer.

In case you didn’t know, the park remains open seven days a week with lots to see outside. There is a temporary visitor available for those looking for a break from the weather and an opportunity to shop for gifts.

This is not a fake news story

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC

The Wright Brothers National Memorial will be free to the public on 10 days in 2017. In case you don’t believe me and think this must be a fake news story, check out the park’s press release that was published yesterday.

The 10 fee-free days are:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents Day
  • April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week weekends
  • August 25: National Park Service birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day weekend

Visitor Center at Wright Brothers National Memorial to be rehabilitated

According to a National Park Service press release, the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center will be undergoing a multi-year rehabilitation starting this November. The project, including the design and installation of upgraded exhibits, is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.

Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center
Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center – Photo: RadioFan

A temporary visitor center will be opened during the rehabilitation project. The Visitor Center was designated a National Historic Landmark on January 3, 2001.