An extension of the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. is the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
Open in 2003, it has the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. Within these hangars you’ll see a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the tenured space shuttle Discovery. Discovery has more spaceflights than any other craft to date and has launched 39 times over 27 years of service.
The center also houses an IMAX Theater and a great viewing platform, the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower. There are children’s activities such as visiting the learning labs, discovery stations, or science demonstrations.
You can take a free docent tour every day at either 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are open to everyone visiting the museum. Both the museums participate in the Hosting Heroes program where members of the military or veterans receive a private, guided tour, lunch, and a showing at the IMAX. There is a 10 person minimum and two weeks advanced notice is requested.
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Open: 10 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. (Closed December 25)
Admission is free