Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This dazzling $311 million storage shed, at Dulles Airport, is chock-full of cool airplanes and space stuff. Opened in 2003, its two huge hangars display thousands of aviation and space artifacts.
Things to See & Do
The Center also offers the Airbus IMAX Theater and the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, which gives you a 360-degree bird's-eye view of Washington Dulles International Airport and the surrounding area. There are many things to do while visiting the Udvar-Hazy Center.
There are a ton of terrific exhibitions on display. Learn about human space flight, World War II aviation and much more. Fun highlights include Transformers; Ultralight Aircraft; Rockets & Missles; Vertical Flight; and modern Military Aviation. Along with aircraft and spacecraft, you'll find engines, uniforms, models, and photographs.
Enjoy IMAX and Planetarium shows for a fee.
Discovery Stations: Kids can touch a real space suit or learn how ancient astronomers studied the stars through active, hands-on activities.
Restoration Hangar: Watch highly trained specialists reconstruct, repair, and preserve rare artifacts.
Observation Tower: Watch planes take off and land at Washington Dulles International Airport and get a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. (note: this line can get long both for going up and coming down from the tower. Depending on the flight patterns, you may or may not see planes taking off.)
Daily tours and educational activities are available for both children and adults. They also feature scheduled lectures and events throughout the year. For more information, visit the online events calendar.
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