Aviation history is on display at this stellar Smithsonian Museum, just 15 minutes from Comfort Inn Arlington at Ballston. Permanent exhibits include the Wright Brothers' "Flyer" from 1903, Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis," and the Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia." While you're there, you'll also want to see one of the many IMAX films and planetarium shows. And you can get a pretty good view of other planets at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory.
Admission is free but tickets must be purchased for the planetarium shows and IMAX films.
Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25.
Exploring Space Lectures
can i bring food into the museum?
You can bring your own food but it must be eaten outside. The National Mall is a pleasant place to have a picnic. Meals, snacks, and drinks can be purchased in the Museum’s Food Court. The only consumable you’re allowed to have inside the building is bottled water.
How do I get tickets for Planetarium shows and IMAX films?
The best way to purchase tickets for shows at the National Air and Space Museum is online at http://www.si.edu/imax. It’s a good idea to get your tickets in advance during busy times (like summer and holidays) and when popular films are playing. Tickets are also available at the box office.