THE NATIONAL AIR & SPACE MUSEUM (NASM)
The museum is located on The National Mall on
Independence Ave. at 6th St., SW Washington, DC
The museum open to the public at 10:00 a.m.
The closest Metro station to the museum is the L'Enfant Plaza (Maryland Ave.
exit) on the Blue/Orange Line. For a Metro map and additional information, visit Metro's website
The National Air & Space Museum has no public parking. There are a few metered parking locations on the streets adjacent to the museum.
Across Constitution Avenue, there is a pay parking lot in the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building. For additional information on parking, visit the website
TIPS FOR VISITING THE MUSEUM
ENTERING THE MUSUEM:
All visitors must go through the security process at the entrance. This includes a hand check of bags and walking through a metal detector. If your child has difficulty waiting quietly in line, plan accordingly and bring fidgets, music headphones, or a manipulative toy.
SOCIAL STORY: Waiting in Line & Museum Security Rules and Routines
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED IN THE MUSUEM:
Items such as markers, colored pencils, silly putty, play dough, food and drinks are not allowed in the museum.
If your child is sensitive to sound, consider bringing noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs.
INTERACTIVE COMPUTER AREAS:
There are computer interactives in the exhibition area. If the computers distract your child, use the Sensory Tip Sheet to make note of where these interactives are located so that you may avoid them.
There are a number of areas with flashing lights and changing light patterns. If your child is sensitive to lights, please refer to the Sensory Tip Sheet to identify paths through the exhibition that may have less light stimuli.
EXHIBITS THAT MOVE:
Located in the exhibition is a Chicago L-Train which you may enter. This train moves slightly; please refer to your Sensory Tip Sheet for further information.
For some objects in the museum, an alarm will go off if anyone gets too close to the object. We want your child to be able to roam freely through the museum, but please be aware not to cross barriers protecting objects.
SOCIAL STORY: Keeping People in the Right Place
Make sure your child is wearing or has identification with him/her, including a contact cell phone number.
Although the Morning at the Museum is limited to one gallery the museum is quite large. If your child should wander away from America on the Move,the cell phone number will enable staff to be able to contact you immediately. Please keep the contact's cell phone ON.
Also, you may want to include with the identification information a strategy for what staff can say or do to keep your child calm while we locate you (for example: sing, suggest s/he play with a particular toy, etc.).
Bathrooms are located throughout the museum. Adjacent to the exit of the exhibition is the Family/Companion Care Restroom.
ELECTRIC HAND DRYERS:
Please note all bathrooms are equipped with hand dryers that are extremely loud and can be bothersome to those with sensitive hearing.
Relax and have fun with your child in the exhibition. Enjoy your Morning at the Museum!