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, exhibits aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and other flight-related artifacts. While the museum undergoes transformation, half of the building is open with eight new and renovated exhibitions.
The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia, houses many additional artifacts in an open, hangar-like setting, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and space shuttle Discovery.
1903 Wright Flyer; Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit, Star Trek Starship Enterprise Studio Model, Lilienthal Glider, Fuselage, Northrop, T-38 Talon
Coffee and full espresso bar, featuring locally roasted “Bird Friendly” artisan coffees, specialty teas, and a selection of seasonally inspired sandwiches, warm paninis, salads, and pastries.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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. Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.