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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Address: 6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202-633-1000
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers...
The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.
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So many displays to see!

*Take the Federal Center Metro. Yes, it is free to enter, but be prepared for many others like yourself to want to see it. On my day, I think every 8th grader in our nation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

*Take the Federal Center Metro. Yes, it is free to enter, but be prepared for many others like yourself to want to see it. On my day, I think every 8th grader in our nation was here too. So many artifacts to see: 1903 Wright Flyer, Apollo 11 Command module, Spirit of St. Louis plane, etc. So many displays that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

So much to see. The Wright Brothers first airplane to all sorts of modern space craft. There are also several movies you can see! Loved it!

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Marksville, LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

There is truly something for everyone, from the history buff to just anyone interested in aviation. I had a group of middle school students, and they especially enjoyed the flight simulations. Seeing the videos of the Space Shuttles was very moving. Plan to spend several hours, as there is lots to see.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It is all original (or very good copies). A must see, allow plenty of time and take the subway as parking is expensive in Washington!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We spent one full day touring the space museum, we could have done another day as well. Very crowded but easy to get around. Take the free guided tour for more detailed information. So much to see.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Parking sucks, but it's on the mall so what do you expect? Get a hotel that's close to the Metro and don't drive.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I always gravitate back to this place every time I pass through DC, and I can spend all day in there looking and reading. It does need some renovation and upkeep, which means you may not see all the exhibits due to temporary closure of those areas. Still, hard to get too disappointed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A must visit for anyone interested in the history of space exploration and aviation. I'm a huge WWII buff and I really enjoyed seeing planes like the Folgore and Dauntless, had never laid eyes on them before. What really marred the visit were the hundreds of screaming and running schoolchildren and most of them seemed to be on a mandatory... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We spent our last day in Washing here, I enjoyed seeing all the old planes hanging from the ceiling, and all the information about space travel. We also enjoyed the 45 minute movie about WWII Normandy invasion how many soldiers were killed and wounded to free us and our allies from Nazi rule.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Allow plenty of time to explore this fantastic facility and learn about the history of aviation from the early days of flight up to modern space exploration. Stunning displays capture the interest of young and old alike. A must see in Washington.

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