Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Science Museum and History Museum
14390 Air & Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 20151
Hours:
Open until 5:30pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes
Wi-Fi:
Free

Home to Space Shuttle Discovery! The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the companion facility to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Together, they display the largest collection of air & space artifacts in the world.

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  • "... world. Don't miss the Space Shuttle Discovery, SR-71 Blackbird, flight simulators, guided..." (10 tips)
  • "... Shuttle Discovery & Enola Gay.." (6 tips)
  • "Look for the SR-71 Blackbird. It is a beautiful aircraft." (7 tips)
  • NASA

    The National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center became the new home for Space Shuttle Discovery, which retired after completing its 39th mission in March 2011. Read more

    NASA · October 20, 2010
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  • USA TODAY

    In addition to the Boeing Aviation Hangar with historic aircraft of all types, you can also see spaceships and rockets, including the Space Shuttle Discovery. Don't miss the SR-71, either.

    USA TODAY · March 5, 2013
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  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

    See the Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103), Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Concorde, and Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay." Visit the Observation Tower to do some plane spotting! Read more

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  • Mike M.

    Get your picture taken in front of the SR-71 Blackbird

    Mike M. · January 24, 2010
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  • Rachel

    The Enterprise has been replaced with the Space Shuttle Discovery!

    Rachel · April 25, 2012
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  • Josh M.

    They have the Enola Gay on display, the actual B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

    Josh M. · March 11, 2010
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  • Get a Badge

    Navigator badge ...Like Smithsonian National Air and Space https://foursquare.com/airandspace ...Visit and check-in here for the Navigator badge

    Get a Badge · April 10, 2013
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  • Virginia Tourism

    The newest bird to hit the hangar? You don't want to miss it ... Space Shuttle Discovery!

    Virginia Tourism · January 20, 2012
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  • Kristin J.

    Loved the space artifacts, especially the giant shuttle indoor. Read more

    Kristin J. · November 21, 2009
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  • Roy B.

    Free parking after 4pm

    Roy B. · January 9, 2010
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    This museum housed in two retired hangars has room for 169 aircraft & 152 large space objects...you can get up close & personal with gargantuan artifacts like the Space Shuttle Discovery & Enola Gay.. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · June 27, 2013
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  • Karen L.

    See the Enola Gay. Tell your children why it is important.

    Karen L. · April 20, 2012
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  • Rebecca F.

    Check out the Udvar-Hazy Center. Free parking after 4 p.m. Open 'til 6:30 p.m. (until Labor Day, then back to 5:30 p.m. closing time.) Read more

    Rebecca F. · July 29, 2010
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  • Josh S.

    use the stairways to get better views of aircraft.

    Josh S. · October 2, 2010
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  • Jim M.

    Don't forget your camera!

    Jim M. · August 22, 2010
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  • Karen L.

    Say goodbye to Enterprise before she leave

    Karen L. · April 17, 2012
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  • Rachel J.

    The Air Bus 380 lands daily around 1:45. This is a great place to watch it land.

    Rachel J. · July 22, 2011
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  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? The original name for the Enterprise shuttle was to be Constitution; however passionate Star Trek viewers held a write-in campaign asking the White House to instead name it Enterprise. Read more

    K12 Inc · June 23, 2011
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  • Jay W.

    IMAX 3D Movies

    Jay W. · April 27, 2010
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  • David C.

    Incorrect entrance shown on Google map. Entrance is off of Rt 28 about 1 MI N of Rt 50. About 10 minute drive from Dulles Airport. Worth the trip if you have kids or free time. Read more

    David C. · November 7, 2009
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  • Helena B.

    Admission is free but is 15 bucks to park. Very well worth it, though.

    Helena B. · December 17, 2011
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  • Gloria L.

    Visit space shuttle Discovery in its new home!

    Gloria L. · April 19, 2012
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  • Brian C.

    Gotta see this soon

    Brian C. · December 21, 2009
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  • Dara F.

    Far outside the city, but a great museum (and in my opinion way better than the Air & Space Museum on the Mall). Worth a visit if you can make it there!

    Dara F. · December 26, 2012
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  • Jim T.

    Definitely go to the bottom level and get a very worthwhile guided tour....it is free.

    Jim T. · July 28, 2012
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  • Karen L.

    Take a picture of you in front ofDiscovery. Make sure you go up the stairs to see her from there.

    Karen L. · April 20, 2012
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  • Desirae D.

    Definitely go up the observation tower. Really awesome views of aircraft landings.

    Desirae D. · August 30, 2011
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  • Jim W.

    Actually better than the Air & Space museum in the National Mall. The SR-71 and Shuttle are great along with a vast fleet of other arial artifacts. Read more

    Jim W. · June 4, 2011
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  • Emely T.

    Go see u will like it

    Emely T. · February 3, 2011
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  • Tim M.

    If the line for the observation tower is long skip it. A little underwhelming.

    Tim M. · December 27, 2010
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  • Justin P.

    The maps aren't acurate when it comes the small movable displays, but you will stumble across everything eventually. Look for all the hidden objects on the "Close Encounters" exhibit!

    Justin P. · November 24, 2010
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  • Keith B.

    There is so much to see, it can be overwhelming. Plan on catching the highlights tour (10:30 or 13:00) - it is well worth it. Read more

    Keith B. · March 20, 2010
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  • Rodrigo V.

    Look for the SR-71 Blackbird. It is a beautiful aircraft.

    Rodrigo V. · August 13, 2013
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  • Lexi H.

    Definitely a great museum to see. Plenty to learn and see. Museum is free, only had to pay for parking. But definitely worth the trip. It has items that don't fit in the DC museum.

    Lexi H. · July 26, 2013
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  • Jennifer D.

    Don't miss the model from Close Encounters of the Third Kind by the shuttle. Look for r2d2, a graveyard, and other items hidden on it. Airport tower was ok but I would skip if the lines are long.

    Jennifer D. · May 29, 2013
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  • Leslie C.

    The SR-71 Blackbird "spy plane" is the coolest, IMO.

    Leslie C. · May 11, 2013
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  • ZenFoodster Eats

    The most awesome display of over 1400 historical aircraft & artifacts: Discovery space shuttle, & Enola Gay!

    ZenFoodster Eats · February 16, 2013
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  • Brendan L.

    Don't bother with the ATC exhibit in the Observation Tower. Not worth it. Stay on the elevator to the ground floor.

    Brendan L. · December 31, 2012
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  • Karen L.

    If you are vegetarian you can order the McDonald's salads with no meat.

    Karen L. · November 11, 2012
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  • Visit Fairfax

    Udvar-Hazy has one of the largest collections of aviation and space artifacts in the world. Don't miss the Space Shuttle Discovery, SR-71 Blackbird, flight simulators, guided tours, & the IMAX movies!

    Visit Fairfax · September 19, 2012
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  • Craig L.

    The SR-71 and the Discovery space shuttle are an absolute must-see.

    Craig L. · August 30, 2012
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  • Eric O.

    Be sure to take your time and read all of the plaques. Sometimes even the most normal-looking planes have fascinating stories.

    Eric O. · August 25, 2012
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  • Kelly L.

    The free tour was really interesting - highly recommend it!

    Kelly L. · August 18, 2012
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  • Visit Fairfax H.

    You can visit NASA's historic Space Shuttle Discovery here at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. It arrived to Fairfax County in April and is now being displayed in the McDonnell hangar.

    Visit Fairfax H. · July 3, 2012
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  • Kathy W.

    This place is awful if you're a vegetarian and you need to eat. There are no vegetarian entree selections!! They need to do better!

    Kathy W. · May 9, 2012
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  • Ryan J.

    They have lockers for a quarter. They'll fit carry on size luggage.

    Ryan J. · March 22, 2012
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  • Erin M.

    It's free after 4:00pm!

    Erin M. · November 17, 2011
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  • Michael L.

    If they are having a special event, the center closes at 5:30. Ask when you enter. We did not have warning, and only had 45 minutes. Too short.

    Michael L. · June 29, 2011
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  • Air Transport World

    Learn more about industry veteran Mr. Steven Udvar-Hazy, the building's namesake, who donated $65 million for the facility, and led its fundraising drive which raised approximately $250 million. Read more

    Air Transport World · June 7, 2011
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  • Jesse S.

    There is a lot more than just air and space.

    Jesse S. · April 26, 2011
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