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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
202-633-1000
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Ranked #16 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Science Museums, Specialty Museums, History Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is just the way a museum should be. It is hands on, listen/watch and learn without even realizing it. Go inside a space lab, how much space is there, where do astronauts sleep, how do they go to the loo? Look inside the first space crafts and imagine to spent hours in there. No question, this is the best... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We weren't necessarily going to stop at this museum on our trolly tour since we only had one day to see the DC sites. But my 6 year old daughter decided to get off. We all really enjoyed this. My daughter had so much fun looking at everything she didn't want to leave. They had many stations with kids activities... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Had a great and interesting time here with the family. Will definitely return if and when back in Washington.

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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This museum was a lot of fun from the Wright Bros plane to the space memorabilia. I really enjoyed seeing how our astronauts live during their travels, and it covers all sorts of air travel, I only wished I had more time to explore it even better. If I ever get a chance would certainly return.

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Burlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We saw the Air & Space up near the airport. Plan for a whole day it is massive. They have different guided tours almost every hour. The tours are in depth explain not only the exhibit but what was needed to get us to that point. This was our second visit to this facility and we would go again. Parking... More

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Hampton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Incredible displays, interactive for children, clean, McDonalds on site to eat lunch at...a great place to visit! Be careful though, it is crowded!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see and do I wish we could have spent more time here. Including lunch, we spent the entire day (10 am to 5:30 pm) there and still felt like we only made a brief pass through most of the exhibit halls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Every kids should visit it when in DC. Only let down in that the Star Trek Enterprise has been removed for restoration and not to be due back until 2016!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We spent a whole day in this massive museum. It is very informative and a lot of effort goes into maitaining this museum with its variety of differently themed exibitions. It was an unforgettable experience and a must for everyone that visits Washington.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This would have to be one of the best places in the world to get lost in the world of flight. Be it space or air. Wow. Can't recommend this enough. Word of caution one day might not be enough to do it justice.

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