New Annual Pass Offers Unlimited Parking at National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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Friday, February 24, 2006 (All day)

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Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy can enjoy significant savings on repeat parking with the purchase of a new annual pass that will be available beginning March 1.
 
Individual parking passes offering unlimited use will be sold to the general public for $65 each and to members of the museum’s National Air and Space Society for $50 each.

Daily parking at the Chantilly, Va., facility costs $12 per vehicle, so the annual pass will pay for itself in six visits for the general public and five for museum members. This feature will be particularly attractive to Washington D.C.-area families, and residents who frequently entertain out-of-town guests. The passes may also be purchased as gifts.

All income from parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center goes to fund museum programming and to pay for the center's construction costs. The building of a second phase of the center, including a restoration hangar and archives, will move forward once complete funding is available.

Admission to the Udvar-Hazy Center is free and visitors may be dropped off and picked up at no charge.

The previous annual Udvar-Hazy Center parking pass was available exclusively to museum members.

Applications for the new annual pass may be obtained and submitted at the welcome centers of the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the museum's flagship building on the National Mall. They also are available on the museum's Web site, www.nasm.si.edu, where a direct purchase can be made with a major credit card, or the form can be downloaded for printing and mailing with payment. In addition, passes can be purchased over the telephone and applications obtained by calling (703) 572-4102 or by emailing uhcparkingpass@si.edu.

Payment for passes must be made with a major credit card or by check. Cash and payment through online systems like PayPal cannot be accepted.

Visitors who apply at the Udvar-Hazy Center for an annual parking pass may deduct $12 from their payment by enclosing a receipt for daily parking from the day the application is submitted.

Annual passes may only be used within the immediate family of the pass holder. The museum reserves the right to see identification at the Udvar-Hazy Center parking gate. There is no limit on the number of people inside a vehicle parking at the center. Parking is limited to two-axle vehicles and vehicles can not be left overnight at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., off of Route 28. It is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25.) Admission to the Udvar-Hazy Center is free, but there is a $12 fee for daily parking. The museum operates a shuttle bus between the center and its flagship building on the Mall in Washington from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a round-trip ticket costing $12. Group discounts are available. There is no public transportation to the center.

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Annual UHC Parking Pass Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost?
The annual Udvar-Hazy Center parking pass is available at the regular rate of $65 each. Members of the museum’s National Air and Space Society may purchase passes at the discounted rate of $50 each.

Are there any discounts for students, seniors and other Smithsonian memberships?
The discounted parking pass rate of $50 is available only through membership in the museum’s membership program, the National Air and Space Society. No other discounts are available.

When will passes be available?
The annual parking pass will be available for purchase at any time during the year, beginning Wednesday, March 1. The pass will expire one year from the date of processing and holders will be notified by mail six weeks before the expiration date.

May the passes be given as gifts?
Yes, passes may be given as gifts. Information about the gift recipient must be provided on the application. A separate application form is required for each gift pass.

Where/how can parking passes be obtained?
Applications for the parking pass can be obtained and submitted at the Welcome Centers of the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the flagship building on the National Mall. Applications also are available through the museum’s Web site, www.nasm.si.edu and may be submitted with payment through the site or downloaded, printed and mailed with payment. Applications may be obtained by emailing uhcparkingpass@si.edu. They are also available along with processing over the telephone by calling the museum's Visitor Services office at (703) 572-4102.

How do I pay for the annual parking pass?
Payment can be made by using a major credit card or by check. The museum is unable to accept cash or online systems such as PayPal for annual parking passes.

Can passes be returned for refunds?

No, all sales are final and there are no refunds for Udvar-Hazy Center annual parking passes.

What types of vehicles may be used with the pass?
As with daily parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center, the pass may be used to park only two-axle passenger vehicles.

How many people can be in my vehicle while I use the pass?
As with daily parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center, there is no limit on the number of people you may have in your vehicle when you enter the parking gates.

When will I receive the pass?
The processing of a pass application—and the delivery of a pass through the U.S. Postal Service—will take up to ten business days. Visitors who apply for a pass in person will receive a voucher for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center at no charge—to be used while waiting for the pass to arrive in the mail.

Will it cost me the daily parking fee of $12 to park at the UHC to obtain the pass?
Visitors who obtain an application at the Udvar-Hazy Center for the annual parking pass may deduct $12 from their payment by enclosing a receipt for daily parking from the day the application is submitted.

Is the pass transferable?
An annual parking pass may only be used within the immediate family of the person who is named on the application.

Why is there a charge for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center?
All income generated by parking at the center goes to supporting the museum, its programs and to funding Udvar-Hazy Center construction. In addition, the museum is required to charge for parking by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, which owns the land on which the center was built.

Are there any restrictions on parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center while using the pass?
As with daily parking, vehicles may not be parked at the facility overnight and towing is enforced. Gates to the parking area open at 8:30 a.m. daily. The center is closed Dec. 25.

What is the procedure for using the pass upon arrival at the Udvar-Hazy Center?
The parking pass is an electronic card that must be swiped through a reader before the barrier allows access to the center’s parking lot. The museum reserves the right to request identification of pass holders at the parking gate.

Who do I contact if I have a problem or question regarding the pass?
The museum’s Visitor Services Division will be the liaison for the pass program. Pass holders, applicants and potential applicants may contact Visitor Services with questions or comments by calling (703) 572-4102 or by emailing uhcparkingpass@si.edu.

 


 

 

  • Aerial View of Udvar-Hazy Center Parking Lot
    The parking lot, as seen from the air.