Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is home to thousands of aircraft and space artifacts. You can explore on your own or take a guided tour for more information about the impressive collection. Witness significant pieces of aviation history, such as the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and several World War II planes, before heading up the center’s observation tower to watch planes in action at the nearby airport. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your photo taken in front of a real-life space shuttle. There is an on-site IMAX theater, but tickets for its showings do sell out, so buy online in advance. Bring a jacket with you, as the large hangars can get cold. Make Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center a part of your Chantilly vacation plans using our Chantilly journey planning tool .
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  • They have aircraft (and spacecraft) of every size, type and age--and there's a plaque explaining each one. A few interactive displays. Discovery (space shuttle) and an AirFrance Concord. You can easil...  more »
  • This is part of the National Air and Space Museum that houses numerous historical aircraft that cannot be displayed at the main museum on the mall. It is well worth a drive out to visit. The space shu...  more »
  • This was a very very informative museum for all of us we had to split up to absorb as much as we could with each person going with ones area of interest as it covers it all to top it up we even had a ...  more »
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  • There is nothing more breath taking than seeing Lady Discovery! Each time I see her, it's like the first time!! The museum has many other amazing planes, helicopters, jets, etc. But I am truly biased on the amazing orbiter!! It is a MUST see!! Worth the trip and the parking fee is only $15!! Plan for at least three hours to tour so you can see all of the other crafts! I think I spend an hour or more in the hanger where Lady Discovery is!! Please please go see this museum!!
  • I have been here several times, and have spent hours each time being amazed by the range of machines mankind has built to defy gravity. Now that the restoration area is open to viewing by the public, this is an even better attraction. There is an unbelievably wide array and number of aircraft and spacecraft on display from across the ages of manned flight. There are also some great displays featuring fictional representations of flight, including the original model of the spaceship from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which features a well-camouflaged R2-D2 on its surface, along with lots of other "Easter eggs". This museum is out of the way, but air and space enthusiasts will find it well - worth the trip (and the steep entry fee).
  • Very nice museum. Have a lot of planes here! The tour personnel are great. The museum offer a short history of every plane, not much but enough to enjoy it and learn. The tower and movie theater is a plus. The restoration section was open for guest to coming in and learn about the restoration process from the curators. I recommend this museum.
  • Very nice museum full of planes, attractions, and experiments! Fun for all ages. The food and souvenir shop are a little pricey (it is part of the Smithsonian). Be prepared to walk and spend a few hours here. Best time to go we found was two and a half hours prior to closing or on Sunday. There were less people and you can really enjoy yourself. Yes you do have to pay to park but it is worth every penny!
  • Excellent venue. Well structured and easy to get around All the staff were very helpful at all times. Grrat to have free entry even though car park needed 15 dollars for any time over a grace period of 30 minutes I think it was. Look out tower was Great and especially when there are planes landing on the runway in front of the museum. Great trip for all ages
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