Where is Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum?
Blackbird, Concorde and space shuttle: the National Air and Space Museum’s field office houses the rarities of the largest and most valuable aircraft collection. For this purpose, Dulles Airport near Washington was built not a Hangar, but a cathedral of aviation.
The topic of flying fascinates people: with eight million visitors per year, the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) is one of the most visited of the Smithsonian Institution’s 19 houses on the elm-lined National Mall in Washington DC. Within sight of the Capitol, crowds of capital tourists make daily pilgrimages to aircraft, cruise missiles and moon rocks to touch.
But only a few get lost in the Udvar-Hazy Center, the NSAM branch far outside the city gates. The three huge contiguous halls form a veritable aircraft temple and are about an hour’s drive away in the state of Virginia. Via a taxiway, the Church-High rooms are connected to the landing strips of Washington International Airport (three-Letter code: IAD).
Address: 600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Tickets: free · si.edu
Architect: Gyo Obata
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