Thursday, October 31, 2013

Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum Touches Down on It's First Decade

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

In 2003 the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum opened a companion facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, on the property of Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia. This new museum provides a second location, about half an hour's drive from Washington, DC, to display the space shuttle Discovery, the Lockheed SR-71 and numerous aircraft, spacecraft and other artifacts that the Smithsonian's National Mall location is unable to accommodate. 

Space Shuttle Discovery at Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum Dulles International AIirport

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center provides dramatic views of an aerobatic airplane hot-dogging upside down, World War II fighters angling for a victory or numerous engines, rockets, satellites, gliders, helicopters, airliners, ultra-lights and experimental flying machines. Watch air traffic leaving from and arriving to Washington Dulles International Airport from the 164-foot Donald D. Engen Observation Tower. The tower displays air traffic control equipment that replicates those used in an operating airport control tower. 

The Bucker Bu-133C Jungmeister at the Udvar-Hazy Center

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center doors are open 10 a. m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. Admission is free, however public parking is $15. The center has an IMAX theater and offers flight simulator rides for a fee. There is a cafeteria and a museum store. 

14390 Air & Space Museum Pkwy
Chantilly, VA 

Floor Plans and Guides: Click Here

Boeing Aviation Hangar

Since there is no direct Metro service to the Udvar-Hazy Center and parking at the facility is $15 per day you can save time, money and enjoy a Air and Space Museum Weekend at Embassy Suites Dulles Airport.

The hotel's Air and Space Udvar Hazy Museum Package includes:

  • Free hotel shuttle to and from Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum (parking is $15)
  • Two tickets to the IMAX theatre at museum
  • Free cooked to order breakfast
  • Complimentary Evening Reception
  • Two Room Suite
Click Here to begin your Udvar Hazy Air and Space Vacation with Embassy Suites Dulles Airport 

Enjoy a Space Shuttle Discovery Retrospective

map showing Embassy Suites Dulles Airport is 10 min/4 miles from Udvar Hazy Air and Space Musuem