Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Museum in DC

Major Renovation Underway - Museum Open Through Construction

Starting October 7, 2019 please enter through the Jefferson Drive entrance on the National Mall Side of the Museum.

Over the next several years we will be renovating all of our exhibitions and welcoming a bold new future. The Museum will remain open throughout the seven-year project with phased closures and openings of our galleries, as well as our shops, theaters, and cafe. Museum favorites will remain on display including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Spirit of St. Louis, Bell X-1, and an Apollo lunar module.

Explore a full list of exhibitions to visit. Learn more about our mission to transform the National Air and Space Museum, and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter for the latest news and renovation schedule.

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC has thousands of objects on display, including the 1903 Wright Flyer and Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit.

Hours & Admission

Regular Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm 
See Extended Hours

Admission is FREE
Open Every Day Except December 25


655 Jefferson Drive, SW 
Washington, DC 20560
Phone: 202-633-2214

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In addition to our exhibitions, you may want to visit the Lockheed Martin IMAX® Theater, and the Public Observatory on the east terrace. 


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  • Image of the Lunar Module from the second floor.

    Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall 

  • A close up of the cowling of Spirit of St. Louis

    Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis

  • spacesuit in case

    Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit

  • The Full Scale Wind Tunnel Fan on Display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

    NACA full-scale wind tunnel and the Bell XP-59 Airacomet

  • SS-20 Saber

    SS-20 "Pioneer" Missile

  • Side of wood, fabric, and metal canard biplane 1903 Wright Flyer in museum

    1903 Wright Flyer

Digital Guides

The Museum’s Digital Guide highlights our most iconic artifacts. Choose from an Adult or Youth Guide. Youth Guides include interactive stops and an opportunity to earn an Expedition Patch. Email for advanced ticket sales

Rent the Digital Guide
Single Device: $7
Multiple Devices and Members: $6

Guides are currently offered in English, Chinese, French, and Spanish.

Visiting Tips

From security screening to accessibility accommodations for visitors with disabilities, find out what you need to know before you go with these helpful tips.

Welcome Center

At our Southwest Airlines Welcome Center in the South Lobby, staff and volunteers can answer any questions you have during your visit.

Open 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Phone: 202-633-2214

Smithsonian information specialists are also available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Phone: 202-633-1000; TTY, 202-633-5285

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Here are answers to the questions most visitors have.

How will my visit be different during the construction?

Allow for some extra time to go through security screening before entering the Museum, especially during holidays, weekends, and peak season (March through August). 

How will educational programs be affected?

There will be minimal disruption to our year-round programming. As always, you can see our schedule of events.

Any chance the transformation will finish sooner?

This ambitious project has been in the planning stages for years. Schedules are subject to change. For now, though, count on the transformation to be completed by 2025. And be assured: when it’s all finished, you won’t be disappointed.

What parts of the Museum will not be affected?

After more than four decades of operation, we're taking the opportunity to renovate practically every part of the Musuem.