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.

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Explore the Universe

Explore the Universe examines how our ideas about the Universe evolved as we developed new astronomical instruments.

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Explore the Universe Exhibition
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Exploring the Planets

Exploring the Planets takes you on a tour of the solar system as seen and sensed by the spacecraft that explored them.

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Voyager Spacecraft
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

General Aviation

Learn about the history and aircraft that are part of general aviation, the civilian aircraft not flown by commercial carriers or the military.

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Piper J-3 Cub at the Udvar-Hazy Center
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Golden Age of Flight

This gallery features the planes, personalities and aviation events that marked the years between the two world wars. Included are the Wittman Buster, Beechcraft Staggerwing, Curtiss Robin Ole Miss, Hughes H-1 Racer, and Northrop Gamma Polar Star.

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Wittman "Chief Oshkosh"/"Buster"
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How Things Fly

How Things Fly explains the basic principles that allow aircraft and spacecraft to fly.

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How Thing Fly Explainer Assists Visitors with Gyro Chair Interactive
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

Human Spaceflight

The Human Spaceflight exhibition station illustrates one of the great achievements of the modern age as nations have developed the technology for human spaceflight.

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Manned Maneuvering Unit
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

Interwar Military Aviation

The airplane emerged from World War I recognized widely for its potential as a military weapon. In the United States, Army pilots and Navy and Marine aviators worked to realize their different visions of the airplane’s ultimate role in American defense.

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Interwar Military Aviation

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Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk at the Udvar-Hazy Center
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Jet Aviation

This gallery tells the story of the first 40 years of jet aviation (1939-79). Featured are a Messerschmitt Me 262 (world's first operational jet fighter), Lockheed XP-80, and McDonnell FH-1 Phantom.

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McDonnell FH-1 (FD-1) Phantom
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

Korea and Vietnam Aviation

Learn about America's first swept-wing jet fighter, the F-86 Sabre, and its arch rival, the Soviet MiG-15. You'll also find out how helicopters came into their own during these conflicts.

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Korea and Vietnam Aviation

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis "Fagot B" at the Udvar-Hazy Center
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Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air

This exhibition contrasts the popular perceptions of World War I aviation with the war's harsh reality. The gallery also reviews the enduring legacy of strategic bombing, which was first introduced during World War I. Planes include SPAD XIII and Albatros D.Va.

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Sopwith Snipe (7.F.1)
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Looking at Earth

Looking at Earth explores the technology of aerial and space observation and its many uses.

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Lockheed U-2
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Lunar Exploration Vehicles

This display area contains the Apollo Lunar Module, Lunar Orbiter, Surveyor, Ranger, and Clementine spacecraft.

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Lunar Orbiter

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