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 ($); IMAX® films shown on a five-story-high screen ($)

  • The Museum’s cafeteria is being renovated to better serve our visitors.  A temporary cafeteria featuring sandwiches, salads, hot and cold drinks, and desserts is now open in the former McDonald’s location on the first floor.
    This location is group friendly and offers prepaid vouchers to groups of 10 or more! We currently have two different group options available:

    Option 1 -  ($10.00)
    Hot Dog or Snack Box (hummus and pita, cheese and crackers, etc..)
    Chips or Fruit
    Bottled Beverage  

    Option 2 – ($15.00)
    Pulled BBQ Sandwich OR Pre-packaged Sandwich/Salad
    Chips OR Fruit
    Bottled Beverage

    Discount available for advanced sales only, not valid for same day purchases. Minimum order of 10, no complimentary vouchers issued. No reserved seating. Vouchers expire 9/30/19. 2019 vouchers can be exchanged for 2020 vouchers. To qualify for exchange, Smithsonian Group Sales & Reservations office must receive unused vouchers no later than 9/20/19.


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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