The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
has thousands of artifacts on display, including the Wright 1903 Flyer;
the Spirit of St. Louis; the Apollo 11 command module Columbia; and a Lunar rock sample
that visitors can touch.
Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis is suspended from the ceiling in the National Air and Space Museum's Milestones of Flight gallery.
The Museum offers 22 exhibition galleries, the Lockheed Martin IMAX
Theater, flight simulators, a three-level Museum shop, and a food-court-style restaurant.
Docent tours, daily free educational programs, and school group tours and activities are also
The Albert Einstein Planetarium presents several shows daily,
launching visitors on a thrilling trip through space in a spectacular immersive theater experience. The Stars Tonight offers a staff-led journey through the current night sky. (See current schedules.)
The Albert Einstein Planetarium includes a first-of-its-kind, Sky Vision™ dual digital projection system and six-channel digital surround sound.
A favorite gallery for children is How Things Fly - the place for hands-on action
including fascinating science demonstrations; paper airplane contests; and 50 exciting interactive
Experience the early history of the airplane - from some of the earliest notions
of flying through the first decade of powered flight - in the Early Flight gallery.
Visitors can get a close-up view of the original 1903
Wright Flyer and 170 other related artifacts in The
Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age.
The history of human space exploration is detailed in exhibitions like Apollo to the Moon, which details the story of America's effort to land a human on the the lunar surface. The Space Race exhibition explores the U.S. and Soviet Union competition in space, with artifacts from a
V2 ballistic missile to the Skylab space
station (backup) that visitors can walk through.
Moving Beyond Earth explores how humans live and work in space aboard the space shuttle and International Space Station. The gallery often features live presentations with guest astronauts and space pioneers.
Moving Beyond Earth becomes a live broadcast presentation center for engaging conversations with experts, astronauts, and special guests.
The Museum in Washington, DC also features several exhibitions covering Earth and planetary
studies. Looking at Earth shows visitors how views of our planet from above have helped us to better understand
the Earth. Examples of satellite imagery and aerial photography are on display.
Exploring the Planets highlights the history and achievements of planetary explorations,
both Earth-based and by spacecraft. On display here is a full-scale replica of the Voyager spacecraft which
traveled to the outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Explore the Universe demonstrates the various methods used by humankind to observe the skies
throughout the ages, starting with the naked eye, through telescopes, and finally into the digital age.
More exhibition on view at the Museum.
Begin planning your visit to the Museum in Washington, DC, and learn about the National Air and Space
Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
- Hours & Directions to the Museum in Washington, DC
- Exhibitions on view at the Museum in Washington, DC
- Aircraft and space objects on display at the Museum in Washington, DC
Learn about the Museum's history in this interactive timeline or find facts and figures about the downtown museum in our press kit.
The Museum benefits from the guidance received from the distinguished Americans on the National Air and Space Museum Board.