Steven F. Udvar-Hazy CenterPart of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, is a massive repository of artifacts. The museum is open to the public every day except Christmas, and there are tons of things to see and do for visitors of all ages. In addition to entertaining and educating the public about the history and achievements of air and space exploration, the Center is moving towards a role in the conservation and restoration of articles. The topper? Admission is free.
Hours -10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily; closed Dec. 25
Prices -Free admission. Parking is $15, but free after 4 p.m.
- Flights of Fancy
- Super Science Saturdays
- Top Gun Days
- German Boy book signings
- Ask an Expert
- Museum tours
- Learning Labs
- Discovery Stations
- IMAX Theater
- Observation Tower
Oversized FunFor decades, the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC, has had to store its thousands of artifacts that were too large or too numerous to display. In the 1990s, Steven Udvar-Hazy, a philanthropist, donated $65 million to the Smithsonian. The Center built in his name is a 760,000-square-foot hangar and displays incredible pieces of aviation and space exploration history, including an SR-71 Blackbird, rockets, and missiles.
Udvar-Hazy in the MoviesHere’s a fun fact: the Udvar-Hazy Center was used as a setting in the 2009 blockbuster hit Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In the movie, the SR-71 Blackbird has a starring role as an ancient Transformer Decepticon-turned-Autobot named Jetfire.
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