Things to Do

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the National Air and Space Museum location on the National Mall is temporarily closed to the public. 

See our full COVID-19 statement.

The following things to do are temporarily closed. 


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.

Showtimes & Tickets >

Public Observatory

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

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 >

You can explore air and space resources anywhere with these online resources, including the highlights below.