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Smithsonian National Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Center


Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting Monday, November 23. This will impact the eight Smithsonian facilities in the Washington, D.C., region that had reopened to the public to date, including the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Due to the changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a reopening date at this time. 

The Institution’s top priority is to protect the health and safety of its visitors and staff. We will use this time to reassess, monitor and explore additional risk-mitigation measures. We are closely monitoring guidance from local governments, public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Visitors who had reserved timed-entry passes to visit at a future date are being contacted directly. 

While the museums are closed, we can still engage with you via our two new robust virtual portals: Air and Space Anywhere offers a variety of online resources to explore the Museum’s incomparable collection including podcast episodes, videos, blog stories, interactive games and activities, and a virtual tour. 

What You Need to Know About Visiting the Udvar-Hazy Center

  • Operating Hours are 10:00 am – 5:30 pm daily. 
  • Timed entry passes are 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 to 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. Some artifacts in the Modern Military Aviation, Korea and Vietnam Aviation, and Cold War Aviation exhibits are currently off-view.
  • 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.
  • Volunteers are available via video chat to provide information and answer your questions. Stations are set up at the Welcome Center and Tours Desk, as well as near Space Shuttle Discovery and the SR-71 Blackbird. 
  • On-site Dining is currently not available. The café is currently undergoing renovation, as we prepare to welcome Shake Shack early next year. Picnic tables have been provided for outside dining. 
  • Parking is $15 per car; free for vehicles arriving on the grounds after 4:00 pm. Same-day re-entry is permitted for visitors who wish to leave the grounds. They will need to pay at a staffed booth - and ask for a receipt to avoid a second parking charge. 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). Please note that receipts are only available at the staffed exit gates.  
  • 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, multi-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 second location of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Together, they hold the world’s largest aviation and space collection.  The Udvar-Hazy Center is located south of the Washington Dulles International Airport's runways, 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 to see their virtual activities. Open every day except December 25 from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Admission is FREE but parking costs $15 before 4:00 pm. Parking is free for vehicles arriving AFTER 4:00 pm.

StoryTellers Your Stories to Create

Scenes From The Udvar-Hazy Center

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