Part of the extensive collection of museums in the Smithsonian, the National Air and Space Museum is the country’s leading public collection of aviation artifacts including the famous Spirit of St. Louis flown by Charles Lindbergh.
Take a guided tour or guide yourself through the exhibits, galleries, and hangers and witness the evolution and advancement of aviation. See the beginning with a reproduction of the Wright brothers’ first Flyer and their original 1903 Flyer, see the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, and even touch a lunar rock. Airplane hangers house everything from jets used during the Korean War to Langley Aerodromes and the first successful airplanes ever flown. Visit exhibits on aerial acrobatics, space exploration, and rockets and missiles, all equipped with authentic, historic artifacts. Other exhibits include posters on the history of flight and public perception of aviation and the use of aerial cameras from the Cold War to bomb tests to movie scenes from Top Gun.
The Air and Space Museum’s collection of space artifacts reaches 17,000 items with over 3,500 of those coming directly from the Apollo Moon landing campaigns. 400 objects on view were acquired from the Apollo 11 mission including a pressure suit, the crew hatch, and a mobile quarantine facility along with the command module.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 am- 5:30 pm and regularly schedules programs, activities, and lectures for visitors of all ages who desire more information and greater immersion into the exciting world of aviation and aeronautics.