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Nauticus Lands National Drones Exhibition

A high-flying examination of the past, present, and future of remotely controlled pilotless aircraft opens Father’s Day Weekend.

Norfolk, Va. (May 5, 2022) – Perhaps no other emerging technology has captured the public’s imagination quite like unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones. Beginning June 18, 2022, Nauticus will present a deep dive into the drone phenomenon with a major national traveling exhibit, Drones: Is The Sky The Limit?.

Developed by subject experts from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and produced by Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Drones provides a birds-eye view of the aeronautics, engineering, science, technologies, and innovations of one of the most intriguing topics dominating our current culture.

“Let’s face it, drones are fascinating and just plain cool,” said Stephen E. Kirkland, Nauticus’ executive director. “Between the US Navy and local entrepreneurial efforts, our region is becoming increasingly familiar with this technology and so the timing is perfect for this blockbuster exhibit.” 

The interactive exhibition not only tells the story of drone technology over time, but also allows visitors to participate in hands-on drone flying programs, including piloting drones though digital and physical obstacle courses. Guests will explore the history of drone technology, from the earliest unmanned flying machines to advanced systems of the 21st century. 

Drones will open on June 18, 2022, at Nauticus with special programming through October 9, 2022. Access to the new exhibit is included in Nauticus’ general admission. Media are invited for a sneak preview on June 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Contact Allie Wood, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, for more details.

Plan Your Visit
Nauticus will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Paid admission includes access to the Nauticus museum, special programming, and the Battleship Wisconsin. As always, Nauticus members are free. Tickets and additional details are available online here.

About Imagine Exhibitions
Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 40 unique exhibitions globally in museums, science centers, zoos, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues, with millions of people around the world visiting our exhibitions each year. In addition to developing successful traveling exhibitions, Imagine Exhibitions designs, opens, and operates permanent installations and venues, and consults on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. With decades of diverse experience in the museum and entertainment industries, Imagine Exhibitions consistently develops exhibitions that educate and excite while exceeding attendance goals. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook.

About Nauticus
Drones: Is The Sky The Limit? and additional exhibits are supported by the Nauticus Foundation. The Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501©3 that supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences, and sharing access to maritime resources. 

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