Things to Do

These are things you can do every week at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.


Explore exhibition galleries covering the history of aviation, spaceflight, astronomy, and planetary science. 

Exhibitions Currently on View >

Science Demonstrations

Discover how things fly, learn how the International Space Station stays in orbit, and more.

Demonstrations >
Reserve for your school group >

Virtual Reality and Simulators

Fly jet-age combat sorties in simulators that let you perform 360-degree barrel rolls!

More about Simulator Rides >

Daily Tours

Take a free tour of Museum highlights with one of our knowledgeable guides.

Tour Schedules >
Reserve a Group Tour >

IMAX Theater*

See large format films projected on a screen five-stories-high with six-channel digital surround sound.
*Temporarily closed

Showtimes & Tickets >

Public Observatory*

Observe lunar craters, the phases of Venus, sunspots and more through telescopes at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory.
*Temporarily closed

More about Astronomical Observing >

Story Times

Listen to stories about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, and trips to Mars (for children 2 to 8).

Story Time Schedules >


More to See and Do 

Looking for more things to do? We offer special programming throughout the year including annual Family Days, star-gazing parties, and evening lectures at both the Museum in Washington, DC and the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.