Aviation buffs who can’t get enough of the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall will want to make a trip to the museum’s other location, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located in Virginia near Washington Dulles International Airport.
The Udvar-Hazy Center, opened in 2003, displays many of the aviation and space artifacts that can’t be shown on the Mall due to space limitations. Among the aircraft you’ll find here are the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world; the Boeing Dash 80, the prototype of the 707; the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay; and the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Spend time watching flights land at Dulles Airport from the Donald Engen Observation Tower, or catch an aviation-themed movie, like Fighter Pilot or the Magic of Flight, at the Airbus IMAX Theatre (see web site for showtimes). (Both of these are currently closed)
The center’s National Aviation and Space Exploration Wall of Honor is also worth a look. It serves as a permanent memorial to the thousands of Americans who have contributed to aviation and space exploration.
If you’ve got a long layover at Dulles, a visit to the center offers a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours without going all the way into Washington, D.C. It’s a quick hop by taxi.
Visitors can also take the Fairfax Connector’s 983 bus to the Museum. It is currently a 10-minute ride. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes. Schedules and fare information is at bit.ly/983bus
The Museum’s restaurant is currently closed for renovations. A Shake Shack, with additional grab and go options, is scheduled to open in early 2021.
Due to the pandemic, admission policies have changed. Admission is free, but timed-entry passes are required. Reserve at www.airandspace.si.edu/udvarhazycenter
Over time, exhibits at the museum may change, to see what is currently on display, click here.
For more information about this museum, visit: https://airandspace.si.edu/udvar-hazy-center
Photos of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Annex
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (Smithsonian)
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.
Admission: Free (but you have to pay for parking). Check here for current admission information.
Parking: Daily parking is available at the Udvar-Hazy Center for $15. Parking is free for vehicles arriving after 4:00 pm..
Metrorail: Public transportation is available via Fairfax Connector’s 983 bus, which includes stops at the Wiehle/Reston East Metro station and Washington Dulles International Airport.