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The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum holds the world's largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft. To display so many treasures, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center opened in 2003 in Chantilly, VA.

Pictured: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

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Smithsonian Institution

Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, the world-renowned museum and research complex actually consists of 15 separate museums in Washington, DC and the National Zoo. From the origins of man to the future of space travel, the Smithsonian covers the spectrum of fascinating areas of study.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Read up on visiting the Smithsonian museums. DC has nearly 20, including the National Zoo, and they're FREE!
Apollo 11 Capsule at the National Air and Space Museum
Six pictures from the Smithsonian Institution make our photo tour for some of DC's most popular attractions. See why!
The elephant in the National Museum of Natural History's rotunda is one of the largest land mammals on record.
With most of the Smithsonian musuems lining the National Mall, the only decision you'll have to make is where to start first!
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