Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum as we celebrate the innovation and ingenuity that has taken place in American culture for more than 150 years. We will celebrate the great feats of aviation and aerospace with design challenges, hands-on discovery carts, and a special guest appearance by 2017 Ingenuity Award winner Natalie Batalha from NASA’s Kepler mission. Batalha will speak during the day and interact with guests at the Museum. She will also join the Museum for a special evening program.

Visitors to our Ingenuity Festival activities can:

Download the full schedule of activities and map of the Museum. 


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First Floor

Second Floor

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Ingenuity Kick-Off

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Aerospace Ingenuity Talk

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Aerospace Ingenuity Talk

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Starry Nights Event
(Purchase Tickets Online)

Space Race
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Design Challenge

10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Shuttle Toilet Training

How Things Fly
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Ingenuity Demos

10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Space Station Sensation
Inventing the Airplane
Presentation in the Demo Pit

Near the Flight Simulators
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

America by Air
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
America By Air Discovery Station

Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
11:00 am - 11:42 am & 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Dream Big

Explore the Universe
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Transiting Exoplanets Discovery Station

Moving Beyond Earth (And Online)
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
STEM in 30: Building a Better Mousetrap and Inventing the Airplane: All About Patents

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
What’s New in Aerospace: Special Guest Natalie Batalha

Einstein Planetarium
10:30 am - 11:00 am
The Stars Tonight (Exoplanets Edition)

Wright Brothers 
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wright Brothers Discovery Station

11:30 pm - 12:00 pm
Aviation Ingenuity Talk

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Aviation Ingenuity Talk

Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Take Apart Airplane Toys

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Flights of Fancy Story Time

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Science Snippets Wind Tunnel

Exploring the Planets
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Touch a Falling Star Discovery Station


This program is a part of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards and Festival

How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560
Throughout Location
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