Things to Do

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


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Explore 22 exhibition galleries covering the history of aviation, spaceflight, astronomy, and planetary science. 

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Objects on Display

The Lockheed 5B Vega

Along with historic aircraft and space objects, you'll find engines, instruments, uniforms, models, medals, trophies, artwork, and more.

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Science Demonstrations

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

Demonstrations & Schedules >
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Virtual Reality and Simulators

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

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Daily Tours

Museum Led Docent Tour

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

Tour Schedules >
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IMAX Theater

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

Showtimes & Tickets >


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Enjoy the sensation of zooming through the cosmos in our state-of-the-art planetarium.

Showtimes & Tickets >

Public Observatory

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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

Story Time at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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.