Previous Tweetups, Socials, and Press Credential Events:
What is a Social?
A Social is an informal meeting of people who are active on social media. National Air and Space Museum Socials provide the Museum’s social media followers with the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes, see our collections, interact with our experts, and sometimes meet special guests. Participants can expect a few hours long, half or full-day experience and some free time to explore the Museum, talk with other Museum social media users, and meet staff behind the Museum's social media outreach.
How do I register?
Watch this page and our social media channels for news about the next Social. These announcements contain a link to the registration page where you can learn more about and register for the event. Participants will be notified via email as to whether they are selected, placed on the wait list, or not selected. Social participants are selected from those who sign up on the web. Additional registrants are placed on a waiting list.
Do I need to have a social media account to register for a National Air and Space Museum Social?
Yes, National Air and Space Museum Socials are designed for active social media users who follow the Museum. The goal of our Socials is to allow people who regularly interact with the Museum and each other via social media to meet in person and share the experience of visiting the Museum’s collections, experts, and programs.
What are @airandspace Social registration requirements?
By registering for a National Air and Space Museum Social, you are indicating your intention to travel to the site of the event and attend in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities. National Air and Space Museum locations are part of the Smithsonian Institution. You will need to provide government-issued identification (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on your registration.
Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes, non-U.S. citizens may register to attend National Air and Space Museum Socials.
When and how will I know if I am selected?
After registration closes, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected as well as those on a waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, you may receive an invitation only if someone on the original selection list cancels and a space opens up.
What if I cannot travel to the Social?
If you cannot attend in person, please do not register for the Social. However, you can still plan to join the conversation by following the Museum and Social participants on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram. Use the official event hashtag to follow and join the conversation.
How can I get in touch with other Social participants?
We will create a Twitter list that includes those selected to attend the event who actively use Twitter. In some cases, a Facebook group may also be created. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to create other means of interacting with each other online prior to and after the event. By registering for the event you understand that you will be included in the list of participants and that you will be able to find other participants there, or by following the hashtag provided for the event.
Can I bring friends or family members to the Social with me?
No. Social activities are for registrants only. Any public programs associated with or timed around a Social event are open to the public, so family are welcome to attend those programs while you engage in the Social.
What else should I know?
You will be asked to sign a photo release form allowing the Smithsonian to use your social media posts and any images or video taken of you during the event. You will also be briefed on guidelines designed to respect the privacy of our visitors.
The Museum has hosted several Socials (formerly Tweetups) and there will be more to come. See airandspace.si.edu/connect for all the ways to you can interact with the Museum via social media.
Have a question or need more information? Contact us at AirandspaceSocial@si.edu