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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
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We spent part of our day in the Smithsonian and my son had a blast learning about flying things, space, and laws of motion. There are hands on things to do and interactive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lee's Summit, Missouri

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent part of our day in the Smithsonian and my son had a blast learning about flying things, space, and laws of motion. There are hands on things to do and interactive learning as well.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I personally feel that they should rotate the exhibits as it feels overwhelming and claustrophobic. This museum could learn a lot from the Glaswegian, Scotland, Transport Museum. Recently named most innovative European new museum. To marginalise Steve Fossett's Astroglobe and the Mongolfier brothers, albeit recreation of their balloon in front of a window is ridiculous. From a photographers' perspective the... More 

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london
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

not as big as i was expecting but lots of displays and very well curated. i've been a couple of times and glad i went back. always more to learn

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I thought the the Air and Space museum was good but it was not great. I felt it was a little bit dated.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is usually every young guy's favorite of the Smithsonians and for good reason. It's got planes and jets and space ships and all sorts of great stuff that you never really outgrow. I've been living here for 8+ years and it's still cool.

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Parker, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was impressed with the number of aircraft they fit into the building, from Amelia Airhart, to Wright brothers. A little too much text and reading for modern people to wade through.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun museum to visit. Offered a lot of information for people who are interested in the progression of planes and their place in history (wars, etc.) Definitely fun for children as well!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Give yourself a good 4 hours to see everything if you are into aeronautics and space. It is busy most of the day so morning or afternoon is good.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is amazing! So much to see and experience. Set aside a whole day though if you truly want to enjoy ever exhibit.

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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came to DC in January, and visited on a Sunday. The museum was busy with children, but that was to be as expected. Two things that could improve future visits - a cloakroom to check in our coats, as it was freezing we had large coats that we had to carry around with us. And secondly more choice for... More 

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