White House

The National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum is he National Air and Space Museum is located at Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW in DC, directly on the National Mall. It situated in the Smithsonian complex on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Since opening in 1976, its purpose has been to honor aviation and space heritage while education and inspiring visitors.

The National Air and Space Museum is also a center for research into the history and science of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.

Among the most significant items in this museum is the 1903 Wright Flyer, Lindbergh's so-called "Spirit of St. Louis," the Apollo 11 Command module Columbia, Amelia Earhart's bright red Lockheed 5B Vega and a lunar rock that can be touched by visitors. This museum also features an IMAX Theater, a planetarium and public observatory so you can be a daytime astronomer.