The contrast could hardly be more striking. Here, inside one of the largest buildings in Oregon, the focus is one of the smallest.
At just six feet tall and four and a half feet wide, the Anderson air raid shelter is dwarfed by the cavernous surroundings of the Tillamook Air Museum, housed inside a hangar built to store surveillance blimps during World War II.
But the tiny structure exemplifies the museum’s new focus on exhibits that are interactive and tell the wider story of the ways in which aviation has shaped history for the past century and more.
“The face of museums is changing,” Air Museum Curator Christian Gurling said. “It used to be ‘come in, stand here, look at this, don’t touch.’ Now, people want to be entertained; and if we can educate them while entertaining them, all the better.”
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