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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 #16 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I still vividly remember the National Air and Space Museum as a child and decades later it was a real treat to bring my own kids there. It is an absolute must see in Washington DC and the best of the Smithsonian Museums in my opinion. The moment you walk in you can't help but say wow! The museum is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My wife and I arrived later in the day and found the best way to see just about everything the museum has to offer. Take the free tour. Our tour guide, Joe was so passionate and so full of interesting stories about everything in the museum, that our tour went over by 1 hour and 15 minutes. We were literally... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We did the 4:30 free tour at the Air and Space museum. Our tour guide, Joe, was awesome!!! He was very engaging and knowledgable. His mixture of stories and facts kept you attention through out the tour. If he had been my history teacher, I might remember more of what I was suppose to learn.

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Tampa, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Agree on getting there early. Take the guided tour - it's worth it and there is no extra charge. Wish that there were more interactive displays - only one airplane which you could board(1950's Boeing aircraft). The Gemini and Mercury spacecraft could be better displayed; they are not lighted so you cannot see very much inside the aircraft. One of... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This place is massive. My wife and I spent hours here and still didn't see all the exhibits. Some amazing history and very cool to see some the planes and rockets, etc that have actually been used for historical events. Plan to be on your feet for a LONG TIME, and avoid eating here if you can because it's a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is an exhibit that will take more than one day as there is so much to take in, to observe and to experience. The museum tends to get crowded but it is worth it.

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Montreal, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It truly is a must see museum! We were glad we arrived early as this is probably the busiest of all the museums we visited. There is so much to see, you can't possibly see it all! We started from the top and worked our way down, trying to take in as much as possible in so little time!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It's to hard to say what I've liked bcs it's professional exhibition & I'still think the Best in the World !!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Go early to avoid the hordes of small children in double stretch strollers. Wonderful iconic exhibits of our Space history in cold dark exhibit halls with placards in very small print. This place could use a flow re-design. Cafeteria is strictly fast food only with no vegetarian choices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

What a great museum! I really enjoyed seeing the space crafts, lunar lander etc, and together with educational text/sound/vids I learned a lot. Even though I am more than average interested in all space related stuff, I learned a lot of new info about the American space program. If you are in DC this is a must-see place.

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