National Air and Space Museum

Film Festival

Starting at 9:30 we'll kick off a series of air- and space-based films with special commentary from Museum experts and follow-along activities. While our movies are free, we do ask that you reserve your seat.

Please note Advanced reservations will end at 10 am on Friday, July 1.

Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon)

STANDBY: This movie is now in standby.
9:30 pm, Friday, July 1
We're kicking off the night's film festival with one of the first science fiction movies made. Created in 1902 by filmmaker Georges Méliès, Le Voyage dans la Lune, with a run time of 15 minutes, was not only unusually long for a motion picture of its time, it also featured a number of pioneering firsts, and it remains an intriguing and somewhat outrageous creation even by today's standards. Museum curator Michael Neufeld will provide an overview to help you view the film with a discerning eye.

Destination Moon

10:00 pm, Friday, July 1
STANDBY: This movie is now in standby.
For our next film, Kevin Murphy, of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax, conducts an experimental "space camp" on live movie riffing with the 1950s film, Destination Moon. Kevin's band of novice, but knowledgeable, riffers will include The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, and two of the Museum's own curators, David DeVorkin and Layne Karafantis.

Destination Moon was made almost 50 years after Le Voyage dans la Lune. It was the first science fiction film to attempt an accurate portrayal of the technology and cultural circumstances that would take us to the Moon. Hear what the film got right and what it didn't, along with many other comments in an ingenious mix of humor and history.

Galaxy Quest

STANDBY: This movie is now in standby.
12:00 am, Saturday, July 2
Our midnight movie will feature one of the Museum staff's favorite space parodies, Galaxy Quest, offered with a twist. As we play this 1999 Star Trek homage in our theater, special guests Denise and Mike Okuda, co-authors of the Star Trek Encyclopedia and creative consultants on both the Star Trek series and films, will live tweet, providing a new dimension to Galaxy Quest, and, undoubtedly, offering some great Star Trek trivia along the way. Our Trek-fan staff will also join in the mix. If you can't make the midnight showing at the Museum, stream or play your copy at midnight (EDT) to join along from your home or at your own galaxy party.

2001: A Space Odyssey

STANDBY: This movie is now in standby.
2:15 am, Saturday, July 2
While others may be sleeping, we're offering up a unique opportunity to see the epic science fiction movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, in a large-screen format. Whether you're seeing the film for the first time or coming to experience it in a theater setting, Museum curator Martin Collins will provide perspective to help you navigate the story and ponder this tremendous film. Martin will also highlight the Museum's connection to the movie's screenwriter Arthur C. Clarke.

Top Gun

5:05 am, Saturday, July 2
Your early morning wake-up call will be Top Gun with Dave "Bio" Baranek. As the Museum celebrates its 40th, Top Gun observes its 30th anniversary. CDR David Baranek USN (Ret.), author of Top Gun Days, former F-14 squadron commander, and consultant on the movie, will help you sort through some of the fact and fiction in this film. Then, enjoy all the action in large-screen format.


7:15 am, Saturday, July 2
Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning family film Hugo will be the final movie in our film festival. The movie truly circles back to the evening's first film by providing a fictional narrative for Le Voyage dans la Lune creator George Méliès.

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