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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 young children, Activities for older children
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Tallahassee, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is starting to show its age. The displays were starting to look poor and many of them were very dated.

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Orange County, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I went with my husband and two boys (13/15) and the museum didn't disappoint. So many exhibits to see, as well as some great IMAX short films to see. Definitely worth spending a little money to see one of them. We saw the Hidden Universe and it was awesome. We also paid for the boys to ride in a flight... More

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Southern California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you haven't visited the Smithsonian before, this is a great museum for first timers and families with children. We purchased IMAX tickets here since the museum is free. Although we only had one day at this museum we felt we covered most of it. Food options are limited here with Mcdonalds and Boston Market on offer. This museum has... More

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Westmont, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It's probably been 40 years since I've been here but I brought my 11 year old on a Sunday and expected to be pissed off at myself for picking a busy Sunday afternoon. We walked straight in to an absolutely jammed house. BUT....these guys are experts at how to move people. We went to the movie - waited maybe 5... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This museum is really interesting, even for a teen age girl! Laid out really well. We have visited twice and learned something new each time. There are several gift shops, selling the all important space food. We where there in the winter and it was so quiet. Staff were all lovely and friendly. Definitely worth a visit.

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Livingston, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Went to this Museum expecting to see the SR-71 and Discovery space shuttle. Due to my inability to read websites correctly these are not displayed here they are out by Dulles airport at the Udvar-Hazy Center instead. There are lots of things to see and do at the Smithsonian air and space museum but after the let down of being... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

You can touch a moon rock, nuf said. This is the world's greatest museum for a ten-year-old kid. Great Imax theatre too.

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Boise, Idaho
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed walking around the Air and Space Museum. It is a must see at the Smithsonian. They do have a gift shop.

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Canadain
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We went to this place on the Sunday and it was packed. When you go in there you can see why everyone wants to come to this place. Lots of history and cool planes hanging and on display. Certainly learnt a lot about the space program. Another must see place.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

There is a lot to see here just accept the fact you will not see it all and check out whatever catches your eye and you'll have a fine visit. Also even when visiting in the summer bring a sweater or wrap for yourself and the kids it can feel pretty cold in there after a while. There is food... More

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