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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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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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An Overall Good Museum

I went here for my BETA club trip. I loved it. It was very cool and it had lots of things. It was not as interesting as the Natural History museum, but I still thoroughly enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

I went here for my BETA club trip. I loved it. It was very cool and it had lots of things. It was not as interesting as the Natural History museum, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. To be honest, the gift shop is spectacular. I could've spent tons of money in there. I recommend touching the Moon Rock and... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

This is by far the best of the Smithsonian museums. My husband loved the space vehicles and artifacts (especially Apollo), while I was enamored by the airplanes (particularly Amelia Earhart's plane from the trans-Atlantic flight and the Wright Brothers exhibit). Definitely slow down and take time to review everything!

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Wiltshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Spread out over two floors and in two halves one side planes the other space with sections on each floor. Apollo to the Moon, Apollo 11 Command Module very interesting exhibits. The Wright Brothers Exhibition with the 1903 Wright Flyer was good to see. The Space Race the American first satellite is here in the museum all in all brilliant... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My family of four, two kids age 15 and 12, went through this museum in an hour and a half. If I didn't have kids with me it would have taken 3-4 hours to read and embrace all this Smithsonian offers. There is one thing to consider, if you like reading things and museums then you'll love it. If you... More 

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Anniston,AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I grew up with an Air Force Dad who worked on the Minuteman, and moved us to Cocoa Florida, so I saw every rocket and shuttle that took off for more than 20 years. I thought I would be bored to tears, but I was SOOOO wrong. This place is fascinating! It will easily take 2-3 hours - how many... More 

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

What a fabulous Museum. I went as a party of adults, a 22 and 3 children 14, 12 & 9 and we all enjoyed for different reasons. Some of the old planes are truly beautiful and the Space Shuttle just blows you away. We also booked to see a movie in the IMAX cinema so made a real day of... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

A great museum for the entire family. If you like anythiing to do with air travel this is the place for you.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This Museum has the greatest displays of all kinds of planes, rockets, etc.... Too numerous to name. Spent HOURS there. I was so happy to see the Wright Brother's plane, and the model of the Hubble Telescope. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall. It is... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Excellent exhibits that appeal to children and adults alike. Be sure to take in the IMAX shows. Very crowded so it would be best to go either early in the morning or in the late afternoon if the museum is open in the evening.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

As an ex airline employee this place is one of my favourite of all the Smithsonian museums. AND because of this it can be very crowded with lots of children. I recommend that you visit prior to mid-June if possible...and even then it can be crowded. Loved it!.

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