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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

There’s a certain type of awe that only comes from being in the presence of the world’s largest collection of aviation artifacts. That’s what visitors will discover at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where everything from early gliders to the Concorde jet will rekindle your excitement in the wonder of flying. This museum is one of the mainstays of DC culture — as the most visited of all the Smithsonian’s museums, it’s a crowd-pleaser for visitors of all ages. As one of the premier hotels in Washington DC near Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, the Capitol Hill Hotel is always thrilled to welcome guests who plan to explore this national treasure. 

Roam the halls of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and see more than 60,000 artifacts and over 20,000 cubic feet of archival material. Many of these preserved items and their stories are iconic, representing pivotal moments in our nation’s tradition of aviation. The museum displays the original 1903 Wright Flyer, a model used for the first successful flight ever completed. You’ll also discover the Apollo 11 Command Module, which took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon to take “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” A third of the museum’s air and spacecraft are one-of-a-kind items associated with a major innovation.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum displays its aircraft and other artifacts in numerous permanent and rotating exhibition spaces. To learn how the world of flight evolved from the early aircraft of the Wright Brothers to the jets carrying us all across the skies today, stop by America by Air, an exhibit focused solely on the history of commercial aviation. To jump to the next — and some may say final frontier — stop in at the Explore the Universe exhibit, where real astronomical tools are on display showing how humans have acquired their current understanding of outer space.

Come visit this institution of DC culture, just down the road from the Capitol Hill Hotel on the National Mall. As part of the Smithsonian, the National Air and Space Museum does not charge for admission. When planning your trip, be sure to book your stay with us at Capitol Hill Hotel, your premier boutique hotel near the Air and Space Museum, Washington DC.