National Air and Space Museum

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Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

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10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
(7:30 p.m. during extended hours)
Closed December 25

Admission is free


Launch into the history of flight by surrounding yourself with icons of air and space travel. The flagship building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, contains twenty-three galleries exhibiting hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and other flight-related artifacts. The museum has a planetarium and an IMAX theater for out-of-this-world escapes.

The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia, houses many more artifacts in an open, hangar-like setting, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and space shuttle Discovery.


1903 Wright Flyer; Spirit of St. Louis, SpaceShipOne, Hubble Space Telescope test vehicle, How Things Fly activities and demonstrations, Einstein Planetarium, and IMAX® films shown on a five-story-high screen.

  • Please Note: The Wright Place Food Court, McDonald’s, and McCafe are currently closed for maintenance. The Outdoor Kiosk and Cart are open seasonally and weather permitting.

    Outdoor Kiosk and Carts

    • Kiosk offers McDonald's quarter-pound hamburgers, Chicken McNuggets, French fries, and beverages.
    • Carts offer Hot dogs, chips, pretzels, bottled beverages, and ice cream.

    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open until 7 p.m. during the museum's extended hours
    Opens seasonally and weather permitting.

    *Subject to early closure for non-public museum events.

    Group dining packages »

We encourage the use of public transportation.

Metro Station: L’Enfant Plaza (Maryland Ave. exit)

There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. Limited 3-hour metered parking and commercial lots are available—see parking map. Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.

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