The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia is now open.
We are no longer using timed-entry passes.
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 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, practice social distancing, and wash hands and practice good hygiene.
Starting Tuesday, July 20, we are no longer be accepting timed-entry passes. All passes issued for July 20–Aug. 15 will be canceled and will not be scanned at entry. July 20 and onward, all visitors will enter as walk-up visitors.
Starting Tuesday, July 20, we will no longer be accepting timed-entry passes. All passes issued for July 20–Aug. 15 will be canceled and will not be scanned at entry. July 20 and onward, all visitors will enter as walk-up visitors.
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.
Visitors age 2 and older should plan to wear a face covering if they are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth.
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.
Face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking in designated spaces where food and beverage are permitted.
Please visit the Smithsonian's face mask policy for more information.
The store is open, however, the store is encouraging cashless payments at this time.
Things to Know Before You Go
We’re asking all visitors who are sick or feel unwell to please stay home. If you are at increased risk of severe illness, you may also want to consider staying home.
Face coverings are required for visitors ages two and older who are not fully vaccinated for COVID- 19. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings during their visit.
Face coverings should fit properly, covering the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps on the outside of the face, and they should have at least two layers. 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.
We encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups at all times
Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout our facilities.
We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our facilities as they will be subject to a thorough search. Limiting the items you bring will increase your speed through security checkpoints, helping us all maintain a safe social distance. Please note that we do not offer coat or bag storage.
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.