The BWI Marshall Observation Gallery is adjacent to the new B/C security checkpoint on the upper level. It is open to the public and located prior to the security checkpoint.
The updated Observation Gallery displays new objects and exhibits, including a 28-foot tall sounding rocket provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and a half-sized model of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft.
The existing aircraft parts are presented with new information and diagrams. A new photo mural near the aircraft cockpit displays a pilot’s view when landing on Runway 33L at BWI Marshall. New binocular viewers were installed to allow visitors to clearly view airport operations. The Observation Gallery also includes new children’s play equipment and an updated Maryland Youth Art Gallery. Information about air traffic control procedures and the regional airspace are presented on a large structure that includes a model of Maryland One, the Southwest Airlines specialty aircraft. A large display case presents models from aircraft manufacturers and aviation museums from across Maryland.
The Observation Gallery features other passenger amenities, including charging stations and the new Sky Azure. Sky Azure is an 800-square-foot trendy bistro featuring small plates along with a broad selection of local craft beers, international wines and hand-crafted cocktails. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.