Special Events Policy

Our spectacular collection of aviation and space artifacts is housed in two sites, the Museum in Washington, DC, and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Each year millions of people from around the world visit us, making the National Air and Space Museum one of the most visited museums in the world. The legendary artifacts and unique settings make these sites remarkable event venues for a private evening.

As the site of more than 80 special events each year, the Museum in Washington, DC has long been distinguished as one of the city's premiere event sites. The Museum is conveniently located on the National Mall at Independence Avenue and Sixth Street, SW.

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center offers visitors a stunning panorama of aircraft suspended from its ten-story arched trusses and displayed on the floor of its aviation and space hangars. This fantastic showcase of never-before-seen icons of aviation and space history hosts more than 80 events annually. The Center is located near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia at the intersection of Routes 28 and 50.

Organizations that support the Museum with a donation are invited to co-sponsor celebratory events. Donors have exclusive use of the facility for their co-sponsored event. Fundraisers and events of a political, religious, or personal nature (such as weddings and birthday parties) may not be held in a Smithsonian facility.

Upon request, the Museum will provide co-sponsoring organizations with a list of catering and vendor firms whose insurance certificates are currently on file and who are familiar with the Museum procedures and guidelines. The National Air and Space Museum has final approval in the selection of all vendors.

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