How to get tickets to Smithsonian’ Renovated Air & Space Museum

1909 Wright Flyer – Courtesy Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Wahington, D.C. has been undergoing a seven-year renovation that includes the redesign of all 23 exhibitions and presentation spaces.

The big reveal is around the corner. Approximately half of the building will reopen on Friday, October 14 and will include eight new and renovated exhibitions, the planetarium, the museum store, and Mars Cafe.

And, while admission to the museum is free, you’re going to need a timed entry pass ticket.

Here’s how to get a ticket:

Free passes will be available online starting Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Each person will be able to reserve up to six passes per day for a specific entry time.

To enter the museums, visitors will need to show their digital timed-entry pass on their mobile device or a printed copy of their time-entry pass.

Visitors will be able to enter the Museum for up to one hour after the time on their entry pass. If you show up more than an hour after the time on your entry pass you’ll only be able to enter the museum if walk-up passes are available.

The link to reserve tickets will go live on September 14 at noon ET and can be accessed from the museum’s website

The museum will release individual passes for six-week periods at noon ET on the following dates: 

Release DatePasses Available
Sept. 14, 2022Oct. 14 – Nov. 30, 2022
Oct. 28, 2022Dec. 1, 2022 – Jan. 14, 2023
Dec. 16, 2022Jan. 15 – Feb. 28, 2023
Jan. 27, 2023March 1 – April 14, 2023

In addition to these advance ticket releases, a limited number of same-day passes will be released each day at 8:30 a.m. ET beginning Oct. 14. 

See you there!

Courtesy Smithsonian Institution

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