The National Air and Space Museum holds in trust over 60,000 artifacts and more than 20,000 cubic feet of archival materials. Historic aircraft and space artifacts, such as the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, highlight the National Collection.

Thousands of additional artifacts—including engines, rockets, uniforms, spacesuits, balloons, artwork, documents, manuscripts, and photographs—document the richness of the history of flight. A wide variety of these artifacts are on display at the Museum in Washington, DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.


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321 result(s) Morten S. Beyer Papers Archival Record A. Francis Arcier Collection Archival Record Space Acceleration Measurement Unit System (SAMS) Collection Archival Record Captain Walter J. Seaborn World War I Collection Archival Record American Rocket Company (AMROC) Records Archival Record John Herschel Glenn, Jr. Orbital Flight Letter Archival Record Exxon Air World Collection Archival Record Mercury MA-8 Flight Sigma 7 and Mercury MA-9 Flight Faith 7 Recovery Letters Parker Archival Record Charles M. Manly Papers Archival Record Eric Preece Engine Collection Archival Record Louis Goodman Papers Archival Record Edward V. "Eddie" Rickenbacker Letter Archival Record
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Our collections specialists actively work on the conservation, preservation, restoration, and long-term care of the objects in our collection. From full-scale restoration projects to applying preservation techniques and doing regular assessments, these activities form a crucial part of our stewardship of the National Collection.

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