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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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Forest Hills, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

By far this was the favorite spot of my son. He was tired from a long day of walking but suddenly perked up the minute we walked in. We plan on going back.

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Bear, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Washing has such great places to visit but don't miss this one. Spend hours reliving air and space travel. You can easily spent five hours here.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We only went in to get out of the heavy rain. It's not my idea of fun but I can appreciate the number and quality of the exhibits. Another good thing is it is free as are the other Smithsonian museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I love aviation so this was better than Disneyland too me. The museum was open a little later that the other ones on the Mall. This is a MUST SEE museum

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The National Air & Space Museum was great, and is on the National Mall. I took the Redline subway from outside of DC, got off at Gallery Place and walked about a mile to get the museum. If you have a car, and are coming on a weekend during the summer, dont bother, youre not going to find parking. Instead... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were lucky enough to get on a free tour. It was great seeing the history of flight, lots of information.

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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Make sure you give yourself a lot of time here you will need it. we spent 5 hours here and it was not enough. I wish I had more time Kids loved it

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The tour-buses literally line up right in front of Air and Space and disgorge hundreds of foreign tourists, who immediately seem to join the thousands of American families in the line-ups, which are caused by the fact that the security guards at Air and Space, as at all Smithsonian properties on The Mall, inspect bags [including purses] before allowing entry.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A very good museum to find out about space and planes. Plus you can also touch a piece of moon rock as well.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Over my 34 years in Washington, I've visited here almost 100 times, and I still keep coming back. Something for all ages. Don't forget the Udvar-Hazy annex out by Dulles Airport, too.

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