National Air and Space Museum

The Museum on the Mall

National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. features thousands of objects on display, including the 1903 Wright Flyer and Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit.

It houses a significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials.

More than eight million people a year visit the Museum's two locations, the one of the mall and the Udvar-Hazy Center, making it one of the most visited museums in the country. Since it opened in 1976, the Museum has welcomed 311 million visitors.

The Museum on the mall has 21 exhibition galleries, covering diverse topics from world wars to the history of astronomy, from the Apollo space program to the relationship between time and navigation, to the Wright brothers and the aerial age.

Website of the National Air & Space Museum

Exterior view of the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Exterior view of the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Overview scene at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
Overview scene at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. including the Eastern Air Lines DC-3

Eastern Air Lines Douglas DC-3
Eastern Air Lines DC-3


Wright Flyer at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Wright Flyer at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Spirit of St. Louis at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
The Spirit of St. Louis at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Close up view of the engine and nose on the Spirit of St. Louis
Close up view of the engine and nose on the Spirit of St. Louis

Amelia Earhart and the Lockheed 5B Vega
Amelia Earhart and the Lockheed 5B Vega

Neil Armstrong's space suit - "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"
Neil Armstrong's space suit - "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"


Area Map of the National Air & Space Museum

The map below shows the location of the Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. It is physically located at 655 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, D.C. 20560.

For more information and operating hours, we recommend a visit to the website of the National Air & Space Museum or phone 202.633.2214

 

Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian

Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.
Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Center at Dulles Airport (staff photo)

The Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum opened at Dulles Airport in December of 2003, providing additional space for the Smithsonian Institution to display thousands of vintage aviation and space artifacts that could not be exhibited at its facility on the National Mall.

A centerpiece is the Boeing Aviation Hangar which permits visitors to see planes and exhibits from three different levels.

Visitors can walk among antique aircraft on the bottom floor, and view classic airplanes hanging from the arched ceiling on elevated skywalks.

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