Washington, D.C. is no stranger to fantastic museums, art, culture, and honoring America’s history. Though if your historical fascination takes to the skies then schedule time to visit the National Air & Space Museum.
Part of the Smithsonian family of museums, the Air and Space museum is the largest of the group and sees about eight million people per year. The museum has 21 exhibition galleries, hosts more than 20 lectures per year with a majority of speakers being pilots, astronauts, or scientists, and has a collection of over 60,000 objects from our aviation and space exploration history.
The museum is a great place for families with a variety of kid-friendly activities and demonstrations. There’s also an IMAX Theater and planetarium on-site with a rotating schedule of films and presentations.
A popular feature is the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory where visitors can look through the telescope and view the Moon, the Sun, Venus, and more on a clear day. If the weather is permitting, the observatory is open from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The observatory also hosts certain nighttime viewing events throughout the year. If the observatory isn’t open during your visit, you can always try your luck with the livestream on their website.
Parking at the museum isn’t always easy so it’s recommended to take public transportation such as the Metrorail and Metro bus. Upon entering the museum, you will be screened so it’s best to limit the amount of bags you bring and to double check your pockets before entering. Bottled water is allowed but please no other food or beverage items. If you have any questions about the museum, visit the Welcome Center in the south lobby or call 202-633-1000.
Independence Ave and 6th Street SE, Washington DC
Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed December 25)
Admission is free