Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Museum in DC

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC has thousands of objects on display, including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, and a lunar rock you can touch. In addition to our exhibition galleries, you may want to visit the Albert Einstein PlanetariumLockheed Martin IMAX® Theater, and the Public Observatory on the east terrace.

There are many things to do at the Museum in DC. We offer daily tours and educational activities for both children and adults. We also have scheduled lectures and events throughout the year.

Hours & Admission

Regular Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm 
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Admission is FREE
Open Every Day Except December 25


Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW 
Washington, DC 20560
Phone: 202-633-2214

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  • Nose of the Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis". After his historic nonstop solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh took the aircraft first on a US tour and then on a goodwill flight to Central and South America.  Flags of the countries he visited were painted on the cowling.

  • The original 1903 Wright Flyer is the centerpiece of "The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age" exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum's flagship building on the National Mall in Washington.

  • The North American X-15, a rocket-powered research aircraft, bridged the gap between manned flight in the atmosphere and space flight. After its initial test flights in 1959, the X-15 became the first winged aircraft to attain hypersonic velocities of Mach 4, 5, and 6 (four to six times the speed of sound) and to operate at altitudes well above 30,500 meters (100,000 feet). The X-15 is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

  • The Apollo 11 command module Columbia is displayed at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Getting Here

The National Air and Space Museum is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Metered street parking and paid parking garage options are limited. Learn more about parking near the Mall. The easiest way to get to the Museum is via public transportation such as Metrorail and Metrobus. See directions for more information on how to get to the Museum in Washington, DC.

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.

Visit the Welcome Center

At our 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