Washington, DC 20560
See a map and directions to the National Mall
Nearest Metro Station to the National Air and Space Museum:
Regular hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
About the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum:
You can ride in several 4-minute flight simulator rides for $6.50 per ride. Take a journey through space or to natural and manmade wonders of the world at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater. Watch a film projected on a five-story-high screen with six-channel digital surround sound. Take a 20-minute tour of the universe at the Albert Einstein Planetarium with its high tech dual digital projection system, Sky Vision. IMAX movies and the Planetarium each cost $9 per adult or $7 per child. Shows often sell out, so purchase your tickets before viewing the rest of the museum. Tickets can be purchased in advance at (877) WDC-IMAX.
The National Air and Space Museum continues to develop new exhibits on the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight. The museum is a center for research and provides guided tours, educational programs and school group activities.
The museum’s three-story gift shop is a great place to find memorable souvenirs and gifts. A food court style restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See more about restaurants and dining near the National Mall.
In 2003, the museum expanded by opening a companion facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
- This is one of the busiest Washington DC museums. Arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid crowds.
- Purchase IMAX or Planetarium tickets in advance or as soon as you arrive.
- Allow at least 2-3 hours.
- The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center can be easier to get to from the suburbs and is usually not as crowded as the Mall location.