Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum

Science Museum
600 Independence Ave SW (at 6th St SW), Washington, D.C. 20560, United States
Hours:
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes

Our two locations hold the largest collection of historic air & space objects in the world. In DC, see the original Wright 1903 Flyer, Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia," and touch a Moon rock. Check out our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, home to the Space Shutt... (See all)

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  • HISTORY

    Originally called the National Air Museum when it was formed on August 12, 1946 by an act of Congress, some pieces in the National Air and Space Museum collection date back to 1876.

    HISTORY · April 1, 2010
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  • Travel Channel

    It's the coolest museum on the Mall, and for fellas out there, it makes your y chromosome go from lowercase to capital. – Adam Richman, Man v. Food

    Travel Channel · November 15, 2010
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  • NASA

    Visit the NASA sponsored exhibit "Moving Beyond Earth" which through interactive displays and artifacts will highlight our moving into space, living and working there, and then envisioning our future. Read more

    NASA · January 11, 2011
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  • Jonathan C.

    This is by far my favorite DC museum, from the airplanes to the space exploration exhibits, the Air and Space museum is superb.

    Jonathan Coffman · August 8, 2009
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  • Glenn S.

    Free parking after 5pm Read more

    Glenn Schoonover · July 27, 2011
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  • Peter W.

    Don't miss touching the moon rock. Read more

    Peter Wayner · January 5, 2010
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  • Puck B.

    Look Up when you walk in

    Puck Bregstone · March 18, 2010
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  • The Transit Navigator

    The most popular museum in the nation, you'll find an amazing collection of old airplanes and aviation/space history!

    The Transit Navigator · September 25, 2011
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  • TIME

    In 1928, Charles Lindbergh became TIME's very first "Man of the Year." An aviator nicknamed "Lucky Lindy," Lindbergh was the first person to pilot a non-stop flight between New York and Paris in 1927.

    TIME · February 29, 2012
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  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    The Museum attracts more than 9M visitors annually. You'll want a full morning or afternoon in this kid-friendly attraction. Don't miss the Milestones of Flight gallery! -- Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 13, 2012
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  • Christopher D.

    Make sure you visit Einstein's Planetarium and watch the Black Hole Presentation.

    Christopher Duncan-Araúz · February 4, 2010
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  • DHR.com

    Space geeks will love this place, for it’s home to the world's largest collection of air and spacecrafts! See ballistic missiles, Apollo 11 Command Module, and even a Star Trek USS Enterprise model.

    DHR.com · September 9, 2011
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  • Lufthansa

    Housing the largest collection of historic aircrafts in the world. The museum holds in trust roughly 60 000 objects, many of them are unique. Admission is free.

    Lufthansa · July 8, 2014
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  • Dora

    Kids will have light years of fun testing air velocity, propellers and more interactive exhibits in the How Things Fly area. Powered by ParentsConnect.com

    Dora · July 21, 2010
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  • Dale T.

    See some of the most historic air/space craft including the Apollo 11 capsule, Chuck Yeager's Glamorous Glennis, and the Wright Brothers flyer!

    Dale Tubig · July 18, 2010
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  • Philip V.

    The Hubble 3d Imax presentation is definitely the best movie. Worth the money.

    Philip Volmar · May 15, 2010
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  • Kristin J.

    One of my favorite Smithsonians. Read more

    Kristin Johnson · November 21, 2009
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  • Marine Corps

    Keep an eye out for Friendship 7, the spacecraft that carried Marine and astronaut John Glenn on February 20, 1962 as he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

    Marine Corps · January 17, 2012
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  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? History was made on this spot in 1861, when Thaddeus Lowe demonstrated the value of aerial reconnaissance. His balloon unit made thousands of reconnaissance flights during the Civil War. Read more

    K12 Inc · June 21, 2011
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  • Jen D.

    so great that its free!

    Jen DeAngelis · March 20, 2010
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  • Alex H.

    Cool planes

    Alex Hirschberg · December 30, 2009
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Inside you’ll find stories of famous pilots, a World War II retrospective, flight simulators, Cold War relics, space and NASA exhibits, and a very sleek IMAX theater and planetarium. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · June 27, 2013
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  • Wired

    It has hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. Read more

    Wired · August 8, 2012
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  • Crescentrating Halal Friendly Travel

    The Air and Space Museum boasts of the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft. This museum is a part of the Smithsonian Institution too! Read more

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  • June J.

    Make sure you check out the gift shop & pick up some "Space Ice Cream" (freeze dried ice cream)

    June Johnson · December 19, 2010
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  • Liaison Capitol Hill DC

    Get up-close and personal with the Enola Gay and the Apollo 11 command module. The National Air and Space Museum is inspiring for kids of all ages.

    Liaison Capitol Hill DC · August 30, 2012
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  • Danielle F.

    go inside the spaceship

    Danielle Furman · July 1, 2010
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  • N H.

    Great place for kids from about 9 and above. Could have better signs to explain the exhibits - finally realized the hanging exhibits you can view from level 1 had their signs all upstairs on level 2.

    N H · June 24, 2010
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  • Scott T.

    huge!!! wow had no idea!

    Scott Thelen · August 4, 2009
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  • Dennis B.

    Don't forget to check out the awesome block of aerogel beside the comet sample return capsule downstairs.

    Dennis Bonilla · October 6, 2012
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  • Ricardo L.

    Imperdível !

    Ricardo Lobao · July 28, 2013
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  • Lina G.

    I learn something new every time I come here!

    Lina Gonzo · April 11, 2013
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  • National Car Rental

    Home to Apollo 11 and the Spirit of St. Louis, this museum is a world-renowned treasure. Get there early if you hope to sneak a peek of every exhibit.

    National Car Rental · October 7, 2012
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  • Ryan S.

    IMAX only takes cash, planetarium only takes credit card, its confusing.

    Ryan Sullivan · January 18, 2010
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  • ToryBurch

    Home to the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, be sure to pick up some space ice cream in the gift shop.

    ToryBurch · June 26, 2013
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  • US National Archives

    While looking at all the cool air crafts this July 4th, take a look at this photo from 1986 depicting the U.S. Air Force band performing. Let freedom ring indeed! Read more

    US National Archives · June 17, 2013
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  • Chad M.

    Make sure to check out the display about the planets! They have a great photo of Uranus!

    Chad Murray · May 28, 2013
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  • Brian M.

    Get the astronaut ice cream

    Brian Michael · January 19, 2013
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  • Ray Y.

    The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum houses the original shooting model of the USS Enterprise from TV's Star Trek series in the lower level of the gift shop in the National Mall building.

    Ray Y · March 10, 2012
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  • Emory S.

    The IBM unit upstairs in the computer gallery is an 8K core memory unit run on vacuum tubes!

    Emory Stagmer · November 13, 2011
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  • Joyce G.

    My Favorite museum!

    Joyce Gottlieb · September 10, 2010
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  • Aniruddha M.

    Fun place. Best place for teaching your kids about developments in science. Some of the shows are worth paying for. Always crowded but there's always enough space for everyone.

    Aniruddha Mandke · September 15, 2014
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  • Nezihi B.

    Görmeden olmaz!

    Nezihi Bayik · May 14, 2013
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  • Егор Г.

    Прекрасный бесплатный (музей), который подойдет и взрослым и детям. Обойти все выставки можно примерно за 3-5 часов.

    Егор Гаврилов · August 29, 2013
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  • Fernando C.

    Um dos museus mais legais de todos os tempos!

    Fernando Camargo · May 19, 2013
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  • Christopher B.

    where is the Death Star???

    Christopher Barrow · January 12, 2011
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  • Ariel C.

    Buenisimo!! Esta el modulo lunar.. el apollo... y el espiritu de san luis!

    Ariel Cruz · September 5, 2013
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  • Dmitry A.

    музей моей мечты.

    Dmitry Akatev · August 22, 2013
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  • Oliveira

    O museu é sensacional

    Oliveira · March 6, 2014
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  • Carla G.

    Vale la pena recorrerlo!

    Carla Gagliardi · November 4, 2013
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