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Discovery arrival brings record-breaking week of attendance to Udvar-Hazy

The arrival of the Space Shuttle Discovery brought more than 60,000 people to the Udvar-Hazy center last week, in what the museum says was a record breaking week of attendance.

View Photo Gallery: Space shuttle Discovery is preparing to move into its new home at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum annex in Northern Virginia.

Isabel Lara, media relations manager for the National Air and Space Museum, said Saturday and Sunday’s Discovery Festival brought about 14,000 and 16,000 visitors to the center, respectively. The Discovery transfer ceremony on Thursday brought in about 12,000 visitors, and the Discovery flyover day, Tuesday, saw about 8,600 visitors.

None of the individual days broke any attendance records at Udvar-Hazy, Lara said in an e-mail. (The day after Thanksgiving is the center’s most popular day, with an average of 22,000 people.) However, she said the numbers compared favorably with other family days at the center, and together, the sustained traffic to the museum throughout the week of Discovery events made it the museum’s most popular week.

More on the Discovery’s arrival:

Smithsonian welcomes space shuttle Discovery into its collection at Virginia museum hangar

Space shuttle Discovery: With social media, so close, and yet, so far

Discovery makes final flight over D.C.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.


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