Join our expert docents for a free tour that explores the highlights of our collection.

National Air and Space Museum in DC

Currently, reservations for in-person guided tours are not available at our location on the National Mall. Free timed-entry passes are required to visit. Groups of up of 10 to 55 can be reserved through our Group Passes portal. Up to two reservations of 55 per group can be submitted for one day. The schedule by which group passes are release is listed below. For groups of 6 or less, please use our Individual Passes portal. For groups of 7-9, please submit two requests for individual passes.

For groups larger than 110, you may contact with your request. Please include exact information for date and time, and the number of passes needed. The Museum will only reply to your request if it can grant the exception. The Museum will reply within one calendar week if it has capacity. Please note, it is unfortunately rare that that large requests can be met, due to limited space and few cancellations.

Reserve Free Timed-Entry Passes for Groups of 10 or More

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Highlights at the Virginia location include the Space Shuttle Discovery, a Blackbird SR-71, an Air France Concorde, and the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay.

Reserve at Udvar-Hazy Center in VA

Virtual Highlights Tour

Join our expert docents for a live, hour-long virtual tour that explores the highlights of our collection at either the downtown DC location or the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located in Chantilly, VA. Tours are offered between 10am and 4pm Eastern time. Please indicate your preferred start time when submitting your reservation request.

Reserve Virtual Highlights Tour

Price General


Tour Groups

10 person minimum and 3 weeks advance notice.

Student and Youth Groups

10 person minimum and 3 weeks advance notice.
Learn More about Field Trips

Policies and Guidelines School Year Schedule

Our school year student schedule is released annually on August 1 and includes programs from October through early June.

Summer Schedule

Our summer student program schedule is released annually on April 1 and includes programs from mid-June through September.


If you don't see the program you're interested in on certain dates, it may no longer be available. Please check other dates or contact the Tours and Reservations Office for more information. Phone: 202-633-2563 | Email:

Docent Policy

For all tours, one docent will be assigned for every 20 people in the tour group.

Security Screening

All bags/backpacks will be checked by Security. Please limit the number of bags brought into the museum to help expedite your entry.

Parking Policy

At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, tour buses and school buses park for free. Buses must exit through Lane 1 (the staffed lane) in order to have the parking fee waived. There is a parking fee of $15.00 per vehicle. All vehicles must pull a parking ticket upon entry.

Parking is not provided at our location in Washington, DC.


Chaperone Policy

All schools/organizations with reserved programs must abide by the chaperone policy. An adult with a baby or small child is not a suitable chaperone.
Pre-K through 3rd Grade: 1 adult for every 5 students
4th through 6th Grade: 1 adult for every 10 students
7th through 12th Grade: 1 adult for every 15 students

Cancellation Policy

All reserved museum tours and programs are free and supported by staff and volunteers. We ask that groups who need to cancel a reservation, or expect to arrive later than planned, call the Museum’s Welcome Desk at 703-572-4118. If reserved groups do not alert Museum staff to a cancellation at least 24 hours in advance, your group may not be allowed to reserve future programs.

Food Policy for Groups

Food and drink other than bottled water are not permitted inside the museums. There is no space for outside food to be eaten at the National Mall Building. There is the small Mars Café on the first floor with limited options. At the Udvar-Hazy Center, groups are encouraged to eat on their buses or use the picnic tables provided outside the Museum near the bus parking lot. There is a full service Shake Shack open at the museum where visitors may purchase food.

General Group Guidelines

1) It is difficult to keep a large group together for the entire visit. Large groups should consider splitting into subgroups of 12, so that everyone can enjoy their time in the museum. 

2) Prepare to stand for long periods of time in the museum and wear comfortable shoes.

3) Know before you go. If visiting the building on the National Mall, prepare for your visit by reading our frequently asked questions. Study the museum floor plans on our website (for the National Mall Building or the Udvar-Hazy Center). Understand what is and is not allowed inside the museum at Smithsonian Institution Photography Policy 

4) Travel lightly. Lockers are not available at the Museum on the National Mall. 

5) Plan for your departure. Make sure to designate a meeting location so your group can reassemble and leave the museum together. 


Group Pass Release Dates

Group Passes will be released following the schedule below.

Release Dates

Note: All releases are at noon (12:00 pm) ET

Passes Available for Reservation
Sunday, January 1, 2023  March 2023
Wednesday, February 1, 2023  April 2023
Wednesday, March 1, 2023  May 2023
Saturday, April 1, 2023  June 2023
Monday, May 1, 2023  July 2023
Thursday, June 1, 2023  August 2023
Saturday, July 1, 2023  September 2023
Tuesday, August 1, 2023  October 2023
Host an Event

As a venue for special events, the National Air and Space Museum offers a private, exclusive experience among the icons of flight at the Museum in Washington, DC or the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. When hosting a reception or dinner, the entire facility is open and event organizers may choose between many interesting event sites. Give your guests a special evening in the world's most visited museum.

Learn More about Hosting an Event