WHAT: The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will be the first Smithsonian museum to reopen to the public since closing for the pandemic.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 5
9 a.m. –12 p.m.
WHERE: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
WHO: Christopher Browne, acting director, National Air and Space Museum
Jeremy Kinney, associate director for research and curatorial affairs, National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian will reopen the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to the public Wednesday, May 5. The museum will welcome visitors back to the museum on the 60th anniversary of the first American spaceflight. The Mercury mission’s Freedom 7 capsule will be on display for the first time at the Udvar-Hazy Center to commemorate the event. Also, the newly acquired Blue Angels’ F/A 18-C Hornet will be on display for the first time.
The museum will reopen for regular hours (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week) with new health and safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors will be required to obtain free, timed-entry passes for the Udvar-Hazy Center. Six more Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will reopen to the public later in May.