Timed Entry

General Public Passes - National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

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Please note you are reserving free passes for the National Air and Space Museum Washington, DC location.


The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC is open every day except December 25 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Free timed-entry passes are required to visit. Entry times are hourly from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Museum releases individual passes for six-week periods (schedule can be found on FAQ). Sometimes additional passes become available; if you do not initially find passes for the day you would like to visit, check back on our website.

Same-day passes are released beginning at 8:30 am each morning via this webpage.

When available, additional passes will be released at 12:30 pm for the afternoon time slots.

Important ConditionsThe Smithsonian’s timed pass reservation system is for visitors’ personal use only, and Smithsonian timed passes are only valid for the date and time of the stated visitor(s), and those in their party. Passes may not be sold or transferred. Reservations that violate these conditions may be cancelled.

Personal Belongings
We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our facilities. Limiting such items will increase your speed through security check points. Please note that we do not offer coat or bag storage.

Many items are prohibited at all Smithsonian museums
Do not bring sharp items such as knives (including pocket or "Swiss Army" style knives), screwdrivers, scissors, wallet tools, etc. Other items not permitted include firearms, pepper spray, and Mace.

Visiting Tips
The Museum is accessible via the Independence Avenue SW public entrance only. Expect and plan for a queue for entry. Proceed to the corner of 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW to queue for entry.

Due to limited space around the exterior of the Museum, please do not arrive earlier than 15 minutes before the time on your pass.

Food at the Museum
At this time, the Mars Café, located on the lower level, will be open 11:00 am - 5:00 pm with a full espresso bar and serving salads and sandwiches. Outside food is not permitted to be consumed in the building. You may bring a refillable water bottle.

Accessibility Information 
Accessible drop off will be along Independence Avenue SW. See additional information on accessibility here.

The Museum is accessible via the Independence Avenue SW public entrance only. Expect and plan for an outside queue for entry.

For additional information, see the Museum’s FAQ.