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Smithsonian National Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Center


We are pleased to announce that the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will reopen to the public on Friday, July 24. The Center and the National Zoo were selected as the first two Smithsonian locations to open. At this time all other Smithsonian museums, including the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, remain closed. 

What You Need to Know

  • Operating Hours will remain the same; 10:00 am – 5:30 pm daily. 
  • Timed entry passes will be required for all visitors. This will allow for sufficient social distancing, and the ability to clean/disinfect areas of the building frequently. Passes are free and may be reserved online at A visitor may reserve a maximum of six passes per timed session. Please note, at this time we are not accepting group requests for parties greater than six. 
  • Face coverings will be required for all visitors upon entry and throughout their visit in the Center, and must be worn over both the nose and mouth. The Museum will not be able to provide coverings and those who arrive without the protection will be denied entry. Face coverings are required for visitors age six and over and are highly recommended for those over two between the ages of two and six. 
  • Some artifacts will not be on view, due to planned construction to repair the roof of the Boeing Aviation Hangar. This is a two-year project that will be completed in phases. The artifacts positioned under the section that is being worked on will be covered for protection.  
    Modern Military Aviation, Korea and Vietnam Aviation, and Cold War Aviation exhibits will be off-view when the Museum reopens, as will some of the artifacts in Pre-1929 Aviation, World War II Aviation, and German World War II Aviation.
    Please note that the SR-71 Blackbird and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia will not be on view.  The work above that section is scheduled to be completed later next month. 
  • Exhibits that WILL be on view include the McDonnell Space Hangar, World War II Aviation, Vertical Flight, Experimental Aviation, Ultralight Aircraft, Aerobatic Flight, the Clouds in a Bag art exhibition on early ballooning, the overlook to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, and the McDonnell Space Hangar. Key artifacts on view include Space Shuttle Discovery, an Air France Concorde, and the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay.  
  • Amenities will be restricted during the Center’s initial reopening. This includes the Airbus IMAX Theater, simulator rides, virtual reality experience, Donald D. Engen Control Tower, educational interactives, and the museum’s store. Lockers will also be unavailable at this time. For the protection of visitors and our volunteer. Tours and on-site educational programs have been suspended temporarily. 
  • The Welcome Center will be virtually staffed. Web cameras and screens will be positioned at the Welcome Desk, allowing for live interaction between on-site visitors and off-site volunteers and staff. 
  • Dining options will also be different. The café is currently undergoing renovation, as we prepare to welcome Shake Shack early next year. Food trucks will be available outside the public entrance on most days and picnic tables have been provided for outside dining. 
  • Parking will be $10 per car for a limited time; free for vehicles entering the grounds after 4:00 pm. Due to the necessity for timed entry tickets, free vehicle re-entry will not be permitted. The 30-minute grace period for pickups and drop-offs will continue to be honored and parking is free for buses. 

Credit card payment will be accepted at the exit gates, as well as at the pay stations inside the Center. Cash payments must be made at one of the two staffed exit gates (far right side). 

New safety/cleaning protocols were put into place while the museum was closed and will continue to be enforced as we welcome visitors. This includes social distancing, the requirement for facial coverings, and comprehensive cleaning/disinfecting measures. Public restrooms and hand sanitizers are positioned throughout the Center. People who are not feeling well are requested to stay home and plan their visit for another day.  

Prepare for your Visit

  • Reserve your timed entry passes at  
  • Please be prepared to wear facial coverings and be mindful of social distancing practices. Download a Museum floor plan. This will help you navigate the Museum.
  • Dress comfortably.  
  • Minimize your carry-ons. All bags will continue to be checked. When the Center reopens, lockers will not be available. 
  • Water is permitted in the Museum and we have water bottle filling stations located in the building. All other food and beverages must be consumed outside. 
  • Photos for personal use are welcome and we encourage you to share them. However, Smithsonian policy prohibits the use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks. 

The Museum in Washington, DC, will remain closed at this time.  The large, mulit-year construction is continuing, with all staff adhering to safety protocols.  We will keep you apprised of a reopening date.

If you can't visit in person, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum invites you to explore their Air and Space Anywhere digital portal from the comfort of your own home. 

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the sister site to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Together, they house the world’s largest aviation and space collection.  The Udvar-Hazy Center is annexed to Washington Dulles International Airport, and contains rare artifacts of aerospace like planes, rockets, and satellites. Some of the highlights include the Space Shuttle Discovery, an SR-71 Blackbird, and the Enola GayCheck their calendar of events and see what's happening when you plan to visit. Open every day except December 25 from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Admission is FREE but parking costs $15 before 4:00 pm. After 4:00 pm parking is free.

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