In 2003 the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum opened a companion facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, on the property of Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia. This new museum provides a second location, about half an hour's drive from Washington, DC, to display the massive space shuttle Enterprise, the Lockheed SR-71 and numerous aircraft, spacecraft and other artifacts that the Smithsonian's National Mall location is unable to accommodate.
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center provides dramatic views of an aerobatic airplane hot-dogging upside down, World War II fighters angling for a victory or numerous engines, rockets, satellites, gliders, helicopters, airliners, ultra-lights and experimental flying machines. Watch air traffic leaving from and arriving to Washington Dulles International Airport from the 164-foot Donald D. Engen Observation Tower. The tower displays air traffic control equipment that replicates those used in an operating airport control tower.
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The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is an educational institution designed to captivate people of all ages. Doors are open 10 a. m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. Admission is free, however public parking is $15. The center has an IMAX theater and offers flight simulator rides for a fee. There is a cafeteria and a museum store.
14390 Air & Space Museum Pkwy
Directions: Take VA-267 W toward Dulles Airport, Exit 9A for VA-28 S, merge onto Virginia 28 S, Take the Air and Space Museum Pkwy W exit.
There is no direct Metro service to the Udvar-Hazy Center. You may take a combination of MetroRail and/or MetroBus to reach Dulles International Airport or Dulles Town Center where you can transfer to a Virginia Regional Transit bus going directly to the facility.