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Washington National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20560 | 202-633-2214
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National Air and Space Museum - Aviation History on Display

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is home to the world's largest collection of aviation and space artifacts, covering the entire history of human flight, from the very first aircraft to high-tech space travel. The museum displays thousands of objects and historic aircraft, including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, and even a lunar rock. Visitors can explore cool exhibits, enjoy movies about space and flight in the IMAX theater, zoom through the cosmos in the planetarium, peer into space with the observatory telescope, and try their aviation skills in the flight simulator. Welcoming more than eight million visitors a year, the National Air and Space Museum is the most visited museum in the United States.


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Open daily from 10am-5:30pm, except December 25th.


  • Family Days
  • Lectures
  • Workshops & Seminars


  • Guided Tours
  • IMAX theater
  • Flight Simulator
  • Planetarium
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant


  • How do I find out what artifacts are currently on display?

    All major artifacts and exhibits that are on display are listed on our exhibitions page. If you're not sure if the artifact you want to see will be on display, please call 202-633-2214 in advance of your visit to double check.
  • Why wasn't the 1903 Wright Flyer put on display at the museum until 1948?

    Orville Wright was disappointed that the Smithsonian originally identified the 1903 Langley Aerodrome as the first machine "capable of flight." So, in the 1920's, he sent his airplane to the Science Museum in London. In 1945, the Smithsonian wrote an article that satisfied Orville, and he arranged for the airplane to come home, where it was finally unveiled in the rotunda of the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building on December 17, 1948.

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