Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia, is the United States’ official museum of aviation and space history, object science, and art. Its various facilities are located in neighboring Annandale on the northern edge of Fairfax County; a second campus for space exhibits is located at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center about 15 miles north of Washington D.C.. Chantilly is a town in western Fairfax County in Northern Virginia about 20 miles from Washington D.C., near Fort Belvoir and the US Military Base at Joint Base Langley-Eustis . Chantilly has an affluent commercial real estate market due to its location as a bedroom community for much of Fairfax County as well as its close proximity to downtown Washington D.C. This museum is located at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 20151.
National Air and Space Museum
It houses one of the largest collections of aircraft, spacecraft, rovers, artifacts, photographs, films and other artifacts from throughout human history. The Museum’s collection includes nearly 400 aircraft, spacecraft, rockets, satellites, and other objects, as well as approximately one million photographs, 8,000 films and 16,000 sound recordings. The Museum also houses the National Archives’ National Air and Space Museum Archives which, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Archives, provides the most comprehensive collection of materials in the English language related to the National Air and Space Museum. The Archives is an essential source of primary source materials related to the museum’s research and collections management programs. The Archives provides records and services that support the Museum’s research and collections management needs.
Other buildings and museums
The museum’s other facilities include the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a modern annex building housing the Museum’s space exhibits and first-class aviation and space-related corporate aviation offices. The Udvar-Hazy Center also houses the National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Exploration, as well as residential office space for Federal employees in the Washington metropolitan area. A National Air and Space Museum Foundation facility, the Historic Aviation Building southwest of the Udvar-Hazy Center, houses the Foundation’s offices, the National Air and Space Museum Store, the Udvar-Hazy Center’s first-class aviation and space-related corporate aviation offices, and the Foundation’s Headquarters Cafe and gift shop. An annex to the Historic Aviation Building also houses space exhibits and is used as a control center for the Museum’s IMAX cameras and projection system.
Education and research
The museum’s education and research programs include the space-science education programs of the Center for Earth and Planetary Exploration, as well as the space-related research efforts of the Center for Research and Innovation in Science and Technology. The Center for Research and Innovation in Science and Technology, part of the museum’s larger National Museum of Science and Technology, conducts a broad range of research activities in support of the museum’s science and technology programs, including the curation and analysis of the Museum’s collections. The Center also serves as an important local and national resource for research on a wide range of topics relating to the museum’s permanent and visiting exhibits, as well as the collections. The Center for Earth and Planetary Exploration, part of the museum’s larger National Museum of Science and Technology, is responsible for the curation and analysis of the Museum’s collections relating to the display of the solar system, including over 400 specimens and thousands of photographs, films, and maps, as well as research on a wide range of topics relating to the display of the solar system.
Chantilly Town Center
With a focus on design as a catalyst to advance sustainable communities, Chantilly (fka Reston Town Center) is a new mixed-use center located in Reston, Virginia. The project is the result of a collaboration between the National Air and Space Museum and the architectural firm Gensler. Chantilly is anchored by a mixed-use building designed by Gensler, which includes the National Air and Space Museum as the primary tenant. The rest of the project includes a mix of retail, office, and residential space. Chantilly is linked to the Museum and Reston Town Center by the new Chantilly Metro station.
The National Air and Space Museum opened in 1976 as the National Aeronautics and Space Museum. The name was changed to reflect the fact that the Museum’s collection now included aviation and space artifacts as well as aeronautics and space-related artifacts.
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