Do you know a little kid who is obsessed with aircrafts and outer space?  Well, how about taking them on a truly out-of-this-world adventure to Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum?

Is the “little kid” you? That’s perfectly great also! It’s a fun-for-all-ages stop. After all, you’re never too old to shoot for the stars, right?

Get ready to blast off because this post starts in 5,4, 3, 2, 1… 

If You Have Questions…

If you have questions about how things fly…

Or the Wright Brother’s first prototypes…

If you ever wonder about how Amelia Earhart’s love of airplanes began…

Or how the international space station stays in orbit…

If you want to learn all about the first man on the moon, the first woman in space or the first human on Mars…

You can discover all of those answers and more at the National Air and Space Museum

You Can Find Answers At These Two Locations:

There are actually two museums and you can find them in Washington, DC (The National Air and Space Museum) as well as Chantilly, VA (the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center).

Both locations offer free admission and are open every day except for Christmas. Parking is $15. 

The National Air and Space Museum

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This two-story building is filled from top to bottom with all things related to planetary science, spaceflight, astronomy, and the history of aviation. There are exhibits, demonstrations, virtual reality simulators, an IMAX theater and a public observatory where you can look for the sun and all of the nearby planets. 

This museum is currently under renovation for the next couple of years but they want you to know they are still very much open. All of the fan-favorite displays, including the 1903 Wright Flyers and Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit, are available to see.

 Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The fun continues over at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center inside of two giant aircraft hangars. 

In addition to the similar demonstrations, exhibits, and simulators you will enjoy at both locations, you can also do some interactive displays, hands-on learning, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) labs, and watch aircraft fly in and out of the Dulles International Airport. 

Have fun! 

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