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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
Description: The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers...
The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.
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My favorite Smithsonian!

They have so many exhibits of interest for visitors of every age! The staff at the information desk was very helpful, and suggested that we take the guided tour. The tour guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

They have so many exhibits of interest for visitors of every age! The staff at the information desk was very helpful, and suggested that we take the guided tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable (he was a helicopter pilot and spoke from memory about every facet of early aviation). Lots of young visitors come here, and they offered fast... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The Einstein Planetarium shows are superb. If you are a Smithsonian Member, adult ticket prices are reduced (to $6.50 each). Loved seeing the actual spacecraft of both the US and Soviet Union explorations. We went there 3 times during our visit and didn't see it all. We will go again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

If you love aircraft and space like I do, then you should love the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Go for the great exhibits. If all you want to see is aircraft and spacecraft though, definitely seek out additional locations like the other Smithsonian Air and Space building by Dulles airport. The food options at this museum are also... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Not the museum's fault per se... but damn... I wanted to strangle teens/kids after about ten minutes. Which is a shame. Maybe I'm just a grumpy old man now...but I can't stand over crowded places where there are a TON of unsupervised kids running in every direction, or walking like zombies staring at their phones and bumping into you. Unless... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

It doesn't matter whether you are into space exploration, the history of flight or combat aircraft, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum will have more than enough to satisfy your interest. The size of the place is ASTONISHING. No models here. It contains the real things - rockets, missiles, planes, lunar landing craft. It has all manner of interactive and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Best most exciting museum for the kids. If you have a car, and dislike crowds, you can go to Chantilly for the rest of the best; and avoid the mess. This is probably the most visited building of the entire Smithsonian. But it has close neighbors, all of which are A1 sites. So, if the crowds get to you, there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favourites museums in DC. You can spend hours enjoying the fascinating worl of aviation, spaceships and planetary. Even when the entrance to the musuem is free, I would suggest you to give a chance to the IMAX theater and the planetarium. You have to pay for that but they offer great movies.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum impressed me in many ways. The opportunity to see actual artifacts from space as well as early aeronautical explorations up close was astounding. I was fascinated by the wide array of historical materials that were available for guests to observe. This museum presented many areas that I had not given much thought to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

There is no better collection of aviation history than here in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It covers everything from the Wright brothers' first flight to the latest private company's entry into space exploration. Cap that off with a case that is dedicated entirely to Maj. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault and the American Volunteer Group (aka "The Flying Tigers")... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The shear size and amount of planes on display is fantastic. They even had the X 15 rocket that my Uncle Myron designed. You must see this amazing exhibit.

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