The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia is now open.
Visitors will notice changes to how you visit the Museum such as requiring each visitor to reserve free timed-entry passes and to follow the safety requirements. Find out more.
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC remains temporarily closed. See our COVID-19 message for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We’re limiting the number of people in our museums, galleries, restrooms, and elevators to allow for safe social distancing.
We’re requiring that visitors wear face coverings at all times.
We’re providing hand-sanitizing stations for visitors throughout our facilities and conducting more frequent and enhanced cleaning.
We’re implementing safe social distancing, including one-way paths and directional guidance.
We’ve installed protective safety shields at bag-check screening stations and registers.
Our staff will stay home when sick, wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and wash hands and practice good hygiene.
Yes. You can reserve your free timed-entry passes. Timed-entry passes are for personal use only.
Yes. Each visitor will require a pass, regardless of age.
An individual will be able to reserve six passes. (Please note, passes are only for personal use.) For the safety of our visitors and staff, groups larger than six are strictly prohibited.
No; visitors who enter during their specified window will be able to stay as long as they would like.
Yes, visitors may enter twice within the same day, using the same pass.
We are not offering group bookings at this time. Groups larger than six are strictly prohibited due to ongoing safety concerns related to the spread of COVID-19.
Yes, we will require visitors ages 2 and older to wear face coverings while visiting these locations.
The safety of our visitors and staff is our first priority. Based on CDC guidance, we’ve determined that the best way to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 will be for our staff and visitors to wear face coverings. Visitors will be expected to wear face coverings inside all indoor museums and Zoo buildings, as well as in outdoor public spaces at the Zoo and in Smithsonian gardens.
Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth. Face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking in designated spaces where food and beverage are permitted.
Visitors will be responsible for bringing their own face coverings. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a face covering but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
Passes are available on a 30-day rolling basis.
Things to Know Before You Go
Give yourself ample time to visit the Museum including extra time for entry and parking.
All visitors must pass through security screening upon entry. The fewer carry-on items you bring inside the Museum, the faster your entry (and visitors behind you). Before you visit, please review the list of prohibited items, which include pocket knives and tripods. Visitors carrying prohibited items will not be allowed inside the Museum, so please leave them at home or in your car.
A visit to the Smithsonian usually involves a lot of walking. Wear comfortable shoes and layers of clothing.
Connecting to our WI-FI is easy. Just choose SI-VISITOR, open a web browser, and accept the terms of service.
Food and drink are not permitted inside the Museum. If you bring food, you must consume it outside. Only bottled water is permitted inside the Museum.
A limited number of standard and bariatric wheelchairs are available for use while visiting the Museum. Sanitized wheelchairs are provided on a first come, first served basis, and stationed to the right after entering the Udvar-Hazy Center. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own mobility devices. We do not provide strollers or motorized wheelchairs.
The Udvar-Hazy Center has long ramps and high overlook walkways. Please use care and do not allow children to play on them. Never carry children on your shoulders.
Security officers are located throughout the building to protect the Museum, its collections, and most importantly, our visitors. Please feel free to ask them for assistance.
First Aid is available. Please contact the nearest security officer or the John L. Plueger Family Welcome Center for assistance.