National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center Reopening

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What
The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will be the first Smithsonian museum to reopen to the public since closing for the pandemic.
Media Only

Alison Mitchell

(202) 633-2376

mitchellac@si.edu

Amy Stamm

(202) 633-2370

stamma@si.edu

When
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Where

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway

Chantilly, Virginia

Who

Christopher Browne, acting director, National Air and Space Museum

Jeremy Kinney, associate director for research and curatorial affairs, National Air and Space Museum

RSVP

RSVP: All media must RSVP to Alison Mitchell at mitchellac@si.edu or 202-633-2376 to attend the event. You must be on the media RSVP list to enter the Udvar-Hazy Center. All media must wear visible press credentials and face coverings.

The Smithsonian will reopen the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to the public Wednesday, May 5. The museum will welcome visitors back to the museum on the 60th anniversary of the first American spaceflight. The Mercury mission’s Freedom 7 capsule will be on display for the first time at the Udvar-Hazy Center to commemorate the event. Also, the newly acquired Blue Angels’ F/A 18-C Hornet will be on display for the first time.

The museum will reopen for regular hours (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week) with new health and safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors will be required to obtain free, timed-entry passes for the Udvar-Hazy Center. Six more Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will reopen to the public later in May.

No formal program or remarks will be included May 5; museum staff will be on-hand for one-on-one interviews.

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