Exhibitions

Both Locations | Museum in DC Only | Udvar-Hazy Center in VA Only | Online Exhibitions

The Bucker Bu-133C Jungmeister at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Aerobatic Flight
Learn about the exhilarating and precise flying known as aerobatic flight.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Applications Satellites
During the Cold War, application satellites served national security or civilian interests.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Lear Jet Model 23 at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Business Aviation
See examples of business aircraft ranging from small "prop planes" to well-appointed "bizjets."


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Cold War Aviation
The role of aerial reconnaissance in the post-World War II competition between superpowers.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Concorde at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Commercial Aviation
Aircraft that helped make commercial aviation a commonplace and essential part of modern life.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Curtiss Model D "Headless Pusher"

Early Flight
Celebrate the first decade of flight in the fictitious Smithsonian Aeronautical Exposition of 1913.


At the Museum in Washington, DC

Piper J-3 Cub at the Udvar-Hazy Center

General Aviation
Three fourths of all flights in the U.S. are not commercial or military, they're general aviation!


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Wittman "Chief Oshkosh"/"Buster"

Golden Age of Flight
Air racing, record setting, and exploration dominated the years between WWI and WWII.


At the Museum in Washington, DC

Manned Maneuvering Unit at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Human Spaceflight
Objects and stories representing one of the great achievements of the modern age.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Interwar Military Aviation
1920s and 1930s military aircraft, including many one-of-a-kind and sole-survivors.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

McDonnell FH-1 (FD-1) Phantom

Jet Aviation
Trace the development of turbojet engines and see three airplanes that helped usher in the jet age.


At the Museum in Washington, DC

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis "Fagot B" at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Korea and Vietnam Aviation
Learn about America's first swept-wing jet fighter, the F-86 Sabre, and its arch rival, the MiG-15


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Lunar Orbiter

Lunar Exploration Vehicles
A real lunar module and robotic vehicles that explored the lunar surface before and after Apollo.


At the Museum in Washington, DC

Lockheed Martin X-35B STOVL

Modern Military Aviation
The development of more advanced and precise air power after World War II.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Boy Asks Question of Space Shuttle Atlantis Crew

Moving Beyond Earth
Explore recent human spaceflight in the shuttle & space-station era and future possibilities.


At the Museum in Washington, DC

Planet Earth

Out of this World
Compelling moments in spaceflight history reflected in artists' creations.


Online Only

Nieuport 28C.1 at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Pre-1920 Aviation
When the airplane transformed from an exciting new invention to a machine of practical utility.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Loon Missile

Rockets and Missiles
Learn how rocketry got a boost in the 20th century, altering warfare and taking humans into space.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

Sea-Air Operations
You don't enter this gallery; you come aboard the USS Smithsonian.


At the Museum in Washington, DC

Vega Solar System Probe Bus and Landing Apparatus at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Space Science
These spacecraft perform science in Earth's upper atmosphere or beyond.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Grob 102 Standard Astir III at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Sport Aviation
It's not for military, commercial, or business - sport aviation is all about flying for pleasure.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Cosmos Phase II ultralight

Ultralight Aircraft
The history behind ultralights from their early beginnings to rising popularity in the 1970s.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Bell XV-15 Tilt Rotor Research Aircraft at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Vertical Flight
Learn about the history of helicopters from the first rotary-wing aircraft (autogiro) to the XV-15.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Voyager Aircraft at the Smithsonian's National Air and

Welcome Center
Staff and volunteers provide advice on what to see. Don't miss the Rutan Voyager hanging above.


At the Museum in Washington, DC

Orion Spacecraft Rolls Past the Vehicle Assembly Building

World War II Aviation
Aircraft demonstrating some of the major technological advancements during World War II.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero

World War II Aviation
The story of World War II is too big for one gallery. This focuses on land-based fighter aviation.


At the Museum in Washington, DC

Arado Ar 234 B Blitz at the Udvar-Hazy Center

World War II German Aviation
The story of the rise and fall of the Luftwaffe during World War II.


At the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA