2 Hours at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

Discover the history of air and space exploration at DC’s most visited museum.

Stop One

Look up in the lobby

Independence Avenue at Sixth Street SW
Summer hours, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Free admission
The Air & Space Museum’s cavernous two-story main hall is home to its permanent exhibition, Boeing’s Milestones of Flight. Look up to see some of the most famous American air and spacecraft, including the Apollo Lunar Module, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the fastest aircraft ever flown, the North American X-15.


Stop Two

Explore the stars at the Einstein Planetarium

Mark Avino, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Take in one of several shows at the museum’s planetarium, including Dark Space, Journey to the Stars and the family-friendly One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.


Stop Three

Select air or space

While the two floors of engaging exhibits at the National Air & Space Museum offer up hours of thigs to explore, a short stint can give you a good glimpse into this popular museum. Select one of the permanent exhibits—from The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age to a deep dive into the Space Race—and take some fun facts back to the conference!


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