National Mall Building to Temporarily Close Spring 2022

The National Air and Space Museum’s building on the National Mall will temporarily close to the public March 28, 2022 until fall 2022.

Since opening in 1976, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC has been one of the most popular museums in the world.  With nearly 350 million visitors and almost 50 years of operation, we are undergoing a large-scale renovation that will introduce all new galleries and public spaces, starting next year.  In order to fully prepare for the first of these new galleries, the Museum on the National Mall will be closing temporarily, starting Monday, March 28.  We look forward to reopening and sharing our new vision with visitors in 2022.

Follow along with our renovation in our Flickr gallery.

Follow Along on Flickr

The Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory will close in early March.

Astronomy Content to Enjoy Anywhere

While the National Mall Building is Closed

Visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Chantilly, VA

Hundreds of aircraft and spacecraft are on display in two massive hangars, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, and the Space Shuttle Discovery

10:00 am to 5:30 pm Open every day except December 25 Parking $15

Air and Space Anywhere


Anytime, anywhere you can enjoy a variety of online programs, stories, videos, activities, virtual tours, and resources from us here at Air and Space. 

While the Museum on the National Mall is closed, some of its world-class collection and items related to air and space content can be found in other Smithsonian museums. Be sure to visit: