Exhibitions

Visit our Museum and other popular Smithsonian destinations on the National Mall in Washington, DC, or visit our Udvar-Hazy Center in nearby Chantilly, VA.

Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

A New Moon Rises

Dramatic landscapes of the Moon captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). 

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Image of the central peak of Tycho Crater on the Moon.
Past Exhibition

Above and Beyond

Celebrate the power of innovation and learn what it takes to make impossible dreams take flight.

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Above and Beyond
Past Exhibition

Aerobatic Champions

Aerobatic Champions featured Betty Skelton's Pitts S-1C Little Stinker and Leo Loudenslager's Laser 200, both flown in world championship aerobatic competition. Both aircraft are on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

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Betty Skelton Piloting Pitts S-1C Little Stinker
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

Aerobatic Flight

Millions of spectators watch aerobatic demonstrations each year, but it isn't all just for show. Aerobatic flying has influenced major advances in aircraft technology and military pilots develop aerobatic maneuvers to improve fighter tactics.

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

Air Transportation

The Air Transportation gallery was renovated and replaced with the America by Air exhibition in 2007.

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Douglas DC-3 in Air Transportation Gallery
Museum in Washington, DC Past Exhibition

AirCraft: The Jet as Art

Standing at the end of a runway, Jeffrey Milstein captures images of aircraft moments before landing. Carefully positioned and using a high-resolution digital camera, he photographs them from below as they streak past at speeds up to 175 miles per hour. 

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49 Jets on display in AirCraft: The Jet As Art
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

America by Air

America by Air explores the history of air transportation in the United States and shows how the federal government has shaped the airline industry, how improvements in technology have revolutionized air travel, and how the flying experience has changed.

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Douglas DC-3 in America by Air
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Apollo to the Moon

Apollo to the Moon tells the historic story of human exploration of the Moon by the United States.

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Apollo 11 Photograph - Buzz Aldrin
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

Applications Satellites

In the tense years of the Cold War, applications satellites evolved down two separate paths: one devoted to national security needs, the other to civilian interests.

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Tracking and Data Relay Satellite at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Art of the Airport Tower

Art of the Airport Tower explores contemporary and historic air traffic control towers in the United States and around the world.

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Art of the Airport Tower

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Edinburgh Airport