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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 #14 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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 older children, Activities for young children
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Very busy, we went in the afternoon and had to queue for approx 30 mins to get in, mainly due to bag checking. Once inside exhibits are good and split between air and space. The space side was very busy and it was difficult to get to see most of the displays especially with young children ( 4 and 8... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It was our second visit and there's lot to see. We've been there with French friends who really enjoyed the museum.

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Topeka, Kansas
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

There are many impressive models and replicas of planes and space crafts. There are also a few fun games and simulators for kids (some cost). There is also an IMAX and planetarium that we didn't see because they cost to view and we were looking for free things after the expensive trip. If you love air and space, this is... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic place. The outstanding moment for me was seeing the Apollo lunar module. It's one thing seeing history on the TV - it's completely another seeing it right ion front if you and being able to touch it. I was overwhelmed

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The museum would be a place of interest not only for those working with aviation. Smithsonian offers a monsterously rich variety of things to see and facts to know. Beautiful museum shop with fair prices. At least come touch the moon rock!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The kids and grownups alike enjoyed the plane models, climbing inside a real space shuttle (!! got to see what the shower looks like and everything), and rocking in the virtual rides.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

About 12.sub displays all excellent. A great collection of planes too. More at Dulles airport, a 30min bus ride away. Avoid the food area. Mainly Macdonalds And-overrun with kids!

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

From the minute I walked in I was amazed that in the short time our country has existed we have advanced so far in aviation. The Museum is easy to navigate and full of informative staff. A must see in Washington

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

You can spend hours here...but be sure to go to the second floor to venture into the space shuttle. Love that all the Smithsonian's are free.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Take every advantage you can. Do the guided tours. Watch the Imax presentations. Photograph everything in sight. There are hours of pleasure here for the dedicated Air & Space nerds. Exploit the place and be tolerant of unguarded children and people who think that they take up the same amount of space when wearing a backpack as they do without... More

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