• 10 to 5:30; from May 28 through September 5 open most days 10 to 6:30; closed December 25

  • Free

  • 2 years to Adult

National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall. The building opened in December, 2003, and provides enough space for the Smithsonian to display the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited on the National Mall. The two sites together showcase the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world.

The Center was named in honor of its major donor, and features the large Boeing Aviation Hangar in which aircraft are displayed on three levels. Visitors can walk among aircraft and small artifacts in display cases located on the floor, and view aircraft hanging from the arched ceiling on elevated skywalks. Many engines, helicopters, ultra-lights, and experimental flying machines are on display in a museum setting for the first time. Among the aviation artifacts on display are the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world; the Boeing Dash 80, the prototype of the 707; the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay; and the deHavilland Chipmunk aerobatic airplane.

The James S. McDonnell Space Hangar opened in November 2004 and displays hundreds of famous spacecraft, rockets, satellites and space-related small artifacts. The centerpiece of the space hangar is the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Other space artifacts include the Gemini VII space capsule; the Mobile Quarantine Unit used upon the return of the Apollo 11 crew; and a Redstone rocket.

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  • 14390 Air & Space Museum Pkwy Chantilly, VA 20151
  • 202-633-1000 Website
this is incredible

8/1/2012

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"This is an incredible place. Seeing Enola Gay was amazing. They have a concord. a huge space and really great. Worth the money. Fantastic"

Awesome facility!

4/27/2011

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"We just took a family trip out to the center and were amazed by the facility. I have a 4 year old son and he loved it. My 2 1/2 daughter did not get as much fun out of it but still hung in there. While it is free, the $15 parking is a little steep. Avoid the observation tower. Long line to get in on the weekend, and we were expecting air traffic control switches/buttons inside. Instead it is just a room. Only food option is McDonalds, but you can bring your own and still to eat."

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