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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 241 attractions in Washington DC
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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 older children, Activities for young children
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Omaha
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the free, docent-led overview tour which helped us understand the layout and highlights of the museum's contents. What an awesome collection of aviation history. Thrilled to see the Wright Brothers' actual early planes, and the progression of aircraft technology right down to the space age.

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Paris, France
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Although the museum was swamped with visitors due to the Easter weekend we still felt that we could see and experience what we wanted. Imax theater is great, never seen those four most important airplanes during WWII in one 'room'. Could have spent a whole day here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

It is always a danger, taking your kids to something that you remember from your childhood but this museum lived up the memories, even in a packed Easter weekend - although don't go in looking for a toilet or food, it was too busy. Wonderful exhibits and interactive displays, something for everyone

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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Wow, the best if its kind! It's the first place that we take our out of town guests just after a ride around the White House, Capitol Hill, and the monuments. Then it's off to the other Smithsonian treasures. There is no other city in this country with this wealth of museums within walking distance of one another. And the... More

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San Diego
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Had to go there 2 days in a row, because my children liked it so much. There is so much to see and to. They really liked the interactive kids part. Lots of science and hands on things. Perfect when your kids are tired of "learning" about history. They had no idea they were still learning :)

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This place was great and the entrance being free make it even better. I really enjoyed myself during my few hour visit. l am looking forward to the refresh and new exhibits they are going to start on soon.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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38 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Right once you walk in, you look around and you don't know what you're going to do first! The layout was pretty confusing, and some of the things looked a little out of place, but otherwise this place is a kid's paradise! All kind of info and unique things you couldn't find anywhere else. You could spend days in this... More

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I spent the afternoon at the Smithsonian Air and Space and it was a good experience. I was surprised that there was no admission fee. Lots of very interesting displays, the drone aircraft were particularly interesting to me. Could easily spend a few hours in here. I did however at points get the feeling that I was looking at carefully... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

I loved to learn so many things about the air and space Museum. A lot of diferent models to see about the space program

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I loved this museum- it was jam packed with people but it was wonderful. I went and watched 'Dark Space' (or something like that) at the planetarium and it was absolutely wonderful, well worth a visit.

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