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Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Computers & Technology


Independence Avenue at Sixth StWashington, DC 20560 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The National Air and Space Museum is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and display of artifacts and technology that chronicle the development of aviation and space exploration. NASM maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a center for public education, research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, and original scientific research about planetary science, terrestrial geophysics, and the remote sensing of environmental change. With nearly 10 million visitors a year, it is considered the most visited museum in the world. The museum continues to develop new exhibits to examine the impact of air and space technology on science and society.


Discovery Stations at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum are a series of portable hands-on interpretation centers which encourage informal learning through active looking, discussion, and hands-on activities related to aviation, space exploration, astronomy, and planetary geology themes in the Museum. Volunteers or Museum staff offer visitors a 5-15 minute immediate, informal, and interactive experience while visiting the world's most popular museum! Discovery Stations are presented during regular Museum hours throughout the week and on weekends.


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