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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Address: 6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
Phone Number: 202-633-1000
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Ranked #15 of 243 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright...
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Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner 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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Perth, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This place makes you feel like a little kid again! Seeing the space pods and all that goes with it up close is just incredible! Highly recommended

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Plan to spend a full afternoon here. And, if you have been here in the last year or so, take my advice and go see the linked museum out near Dulles Airport. Hard to imagine a more varied collection of older aircraft anywhere.

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Palestine, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Really fun place. Totally got caught up in the marine area w ships and nautical goodies. Learned a lot of history about planes and war info you just don't hear in school. Space travel, wright brothers and so so much more! I want to go back

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Pavia, Italy
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Every step of the man for reaching the sky, from the machines invented by Leonardo to the shuttle. Great experience, not only for kids!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is amazing. So much to see, you really need a whole day to fully appreciate it and take it all in. A must see! A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and awe inspiring day.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Smithsonian is the best museum. It is also free. I tried to find ticket box around and inside the museum, but I was just fool. lol. But I do not recommend to have a cup of coffee at the cafe inside the museum. The coffee was awful but expensive.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Everyone said we should visit the Air and Space Museum whilst we were in Washington - so we did and were not disappointed. The museum is spacious so even though it was busy on the morning we visited, we were able to access all the exhibits. We particularly enjoyed those relating to the history of commercial flight but there were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

A must see! Saw both of them. The one by Dullus has the Space Shuttle. Save a few hours for each one. It was well worth it.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I would say it was a ten-twenty minute wait in the rain before going through security, but well worth it!! By far the best part of my visit was the simulator. $8 was so worth it. I would have paid twice as much. In fact, I would gave them $100 just to stay on it. There were some good exhibits... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

And awesome guide! Guided tour was really great. The museum is awesome and most of the aircraft and spaceship are the real ones (not replica), even the first plane ever built by the Wright brothers.

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