“The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artefacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials.
It operates two landmark facilities that, together, welcome more than eight million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country. It also is home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.”
The museum also has a range of online programs, stories, videos, activities, virtual tours, and resources.
Parking and Entrances: There are seven National Park Service designated accessible parking spaces located on Jefferson Drive across from the Museum.
Visitors with disability hang tags or license plates can park for free at metered spaces controlled by the DC government along Independence Avenue, SW.
Service Animals: Service animals or service animals-in-training are welcome in the Museum.
Restrooms: All restrooms in the Museum are accessible. There are two family/companion care restrooms inside our Food Court entrance.
Tours and Public Programs
"Advance reservations are not required for self-guided visits or to participate in any of our walk-in programs. Many of our tour guides are trained to give tours to children and adults with various disabilities.
Two-week advanced notice is requested to reserve an individual program or accessibility services. When requesting an accessibility service, please specify the mode of communication required (e.g., for sign language: ASL, PSE, or Signed English).General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Assistance animal welcome
- Disabled parking access
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Wheelchair hire available
Exterior Access Ramps: Access ramps are located on the west end of both entrances (Jefferson Drive and Independence Avenue).
Interior Elevators: Elevators are available in several locations throughout the building.
Wheelchairs: A limited number of standard wheelchairs are available for free to use while visiting the Museum. Please visit the Security Desk at the Independence Avenue entrance to inquire about availability. Wheelchairs are provided on a first come, first served basis with a valid ID.Vision accessibility features:
- Audible or braille signage
- Audio description services
Braille and Tactile Guides: Guides are available at the Southwest Airlines Welcome Center at the the Independence Avenue entrance of the Museum.
For visitors who are blind or have low vision, we offer audio-described, docent-led tours, and discovery stations with models and tactile components.Hearing accessibility features:
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
Sign language interpreters can be made available for tours, public programs, or evening lectures with advance notice.Intellectual/Social accessibility features:
- Information available in various types
Pre-Visit Materials: Tip sheets and social stories designed to help people with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities enjoy their visit to the Museum are also available.