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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 253 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 young children, Activities for older children
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Nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

There are no space shuttle's here despite the many guides giving that view. The nearest one is at the USS Intripid in New York. Lots of interactive things for children but the space section is limited and the moon rock too small to appreciate.

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Melbourne, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Spend an enjoyable few hours walking through the Smithsonian. I liked the display of the WWII aircraft especially the Spitfire and the Mustang. All the display were very interesting giving some history about the displays. I could have spent more time there. Highly recommend.

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I know in todays age that TECH is king and perhaps I should of expected a more "museum" tour but with all the advancements in TECH I was disspointed that the exhibits and experiance were not more interactive and exciting - everything was Photo and Words.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a major attraction in Washington and contains some very old and very rare aircraft and space vehicles. Make sure you allow enough time for your visit as the museum is huge and you need time to appreciate whats there.

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Rossville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I think there are 9 total Smithsonian Museums. This was my favorite one! As a child who grew up in the 1960's, I remember the space race, and the pride we had on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong said that landing on the moon was one giant step for mankind. It was! The 3 levels of US Space Vehicles... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

One of the most popular museums on the Smithsonian circuit - an rightly so! This museum is an absolute delight for aviation fans. It would be safe to assume that whatever time of the year you go - this is always going to be crowded. The original Wright Brothers plane and a whole lot of others are there for you... More

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Milford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Creative displays. Great interactive ares and a tremendous insight into the history of flight. Spent 4 hours, strolling through the halls and wish I could have had more time.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I don't have kids, I don't like crowds and air/space travel has never fascinated me. For me, this has never been one of my favorite museums, but if you have kids, you will want to visit. This museum continues to remain one of DC's most popular spots.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Do you have a travel buff in your family or a young want to be pilot/astronaut? This is a must do place. We went on a Saturday, really not crowded until it rained. Hands on crafty type projects all over. Plan on walking around seeing people with their mouths open while they are looking up. It's amazing. Only one place... More

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Princess Anne, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We hadn't been to the museum in years and it was wonderful to be back. The exhibits are well layed out and very interesting and informative. I highly recommend to anyone going to DC

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