Welcome Center

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, Center, Gallery 108 Floor Plan

The Welcome Center features the information desk and the following:

  • Robert T. McCall Mural: The Space Mural—A Cosmic View by Robert T. McCall portrays the past, present, and future of the universe with a depiction of the Big Bang, an Apollo astronaut on the Moon, and a lunar rover and second astronaut.
  • Eric Sloane Mural: Earth Flight Environment by Eric Sloane illustrates different weather phenomena in our atmosphere—lightening, rain, a rainbow—and a variety of cloud forms as a single airplane streaks across the sky.
  • Trophy Case featuring the following objects:
    - The Aero Club Trophy for Aviation Excellence, along with a list of winners.
    - The NASM Trophy for extraordinary achievements in aerospace.
    - A model of Ascent by John Safer, a 65-foot sculpture installed at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
  • Voyager: Around the World Without a Pit Stop
    For details see separate entry.