Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Science Museum and History Museum
14390 Air & Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 20151, United States
Hours:
Closed until 10:00 AM (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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  • 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 Martoccia · 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 Martin · March 11, 2010
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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 Johnson · November 21, 2009
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  • Roy B.

    Free parking after 4pm

    Roy B · January 9, 2010
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  • Karen L.

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

    Karen Lopez · April 20, 2012
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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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  • 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 Fahy · July 29, 2010
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  • Josh S.

    use the stairways to get better views of aircraft.

    Josh Schaffer · October 2, 2010
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  • Jim M.

    Don't forget your camera!

    Jim McNelis · August 22, 2010
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  • Karen L.

    Say goodbye to Enterprise before she leave

    Karen Lopez · 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 Jensen · 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 Waitsman · 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 Coakley · November 7, 2009
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  • Helena B.

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

    Helena Bouchez · December 17, 2011
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  • Szx S.

    The best museum in the world

    Szx Sks · February 16, 2014
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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 Ha · July 26, 2013
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  • Gloria L.

    Visit space shuttle Discovery in its new home!

    Gloria Lloyd · April 19, 2012
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  • Brian C.

    Gotta see this soon

    Brian Chee · December 21, 2009
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  • Harjit

    This is a great venue for aviation lovers and aircraft junkies. Aircraft of all types and several in the history books are found here. This is a well designed and well stocked museum.

    Harjit · May 1, 2013
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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 Fisher · 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 Traister · 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 Lopez · April 20, 2012
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  • Desirae D.

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

    Desirae Deitterick · 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 Terrazas · February 3, 2011
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  • Tim M.

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

    Tim Morrow · 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 Pischke · 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 Beck · March 20, 2010
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  • Rodrigo V.

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

    Rodrigo Vera · August 13, 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 Day · May 29, 2013
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  • Leslie C.

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

    Leslie Carbone · May 11, 2013
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  • Jesus R.

    It's FREE except it costs $15 to park. Also there's a McDonald's onsite and not much places to eat nearby. Checkout the air traffic control tower to see what it's like to be an air traffic controller

    Jesus Rodriguez · March 28, 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 Lewis · December 31, 2012
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  • Karen L.

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

    Karen Lopez · 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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  • 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 Long · 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 HQ · July 3, 2012
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  • Vincent K.

    This is a great place to go and look at some great aviation exhibits, take in an IMax film or watch airplanes land from a control tower.

    Vincent Knaus · June 16, 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 Jenson · March 22, 2012
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  • Erin M.

    It's free after 4:00pm!

    Erin Miller · 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 Laine · June 29, 2011
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