The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County, Virginia. Hundreds of historically significant air- and spacecraft, along with thousands of small artifacts, are on display in an open, hangar-like setting. Other features of the Center include the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, the Airbus IMAX Theater and the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, where visitors can watch museum specialists at work restoring artifacts.
National Air and Space complex attracts more than 8 million visits per year, making it the most popular museum in the United States. The museum consists of two hangars, the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, which house dozens of aircraft and spacecraft. Some of the most notable include the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde and the space shuttle Discovery. A more recently added hangar, the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, is where scientists and engineers work to restore artifacts from the Air and Space Museum’s massive collection.
The Udvar-Hazy Center also offers thousands of additional artifacts to view and many interactive, family-friendly exhibits and activities. Udvar-Hazy is home to the Airbus IMAX Theater that shows aviation and space travel-related films.