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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151
703-572-4118
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Chantilly
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

When I lived in Washington more than 30 years ago, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the Mall was my favorite and I practically lived in the museum on weekends. It was only recently, though, drawn to the Reston area when I tagged along with my wife who was attending a workshop there, that I got around to... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

The most spectacular museum imaginable. If you've got any interest in aviation, this is must-see destination. With very few exceptions, every significant piece of aviation hardware that has shaped man's history of flight is here, inches away, in a spacious, comfortable and jaw-dropping display. From the earliest biplanes to the F22, its arrayed before you. There are four 'main' areas... More 

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Dumfries, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Udvar-Hazy now has the space shuttle "Discovery," which has actually been up and back. You can see artifacts of flight from the very beginning, through WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars, right up to the end of the latest chapter of space exploration. You leave with a feeling of admiration and appreciation for everyone who made the exploration of... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

The museum is a 20 minute drive from the city, depending on traffic. Parking is not free = $15. Entry is free. The exhibition is about the size of 3 or 4 football fields. Similar to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, some of the exhibits are on the ground, smaller ones are hung from the ceiling. Descriptions of... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This museum is not in Washington itself - it is out near Dulles International Airport - but if you are in Washington it is certainly worth the trip to visit it. The jewel in the crown (for me) was the Space Shuttle Discovery - NASA's most decorated Shuttle. But there are several other aircraft and spacecraft - the Enola Gay,... More 

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Port Matilda, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We visited the Udvar-Hazy Center on a dreary Sunday afternoon -- before Labor Day. The museum itself was spectacular. The exhibits were breath-taking. It made me wish that I had taken notes about my father's time in the Army Air Corps-cumm-US Air Force before he passed in 1995. I walked through the museum thinking how much my Dad would have... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This museum is definitely worth the drive from DC. In fact, it is an easy 40 minute drive from DC. The Discovery space shuttle is outstanding plus planes like the supersonic Concorde are simply amazing. Great IMAX shows as well. You can spend a full day exploring everything.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

It blows your mind immediately upon entering with planes absolutely everywhere. You can see everything from the Concorde to the SR-71 Blackbird to the Space Shuttle Discovery. You can walk up and down a few levels to get even better views and perspectives of the planes which have all been restored to excellent condition. You can even eat your lunch... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

The Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center is a monstrous museum, covering a space the size of more than four football fields. Inside are all sorts of aerospace treasures including the Discovery Space Shuttle, an SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, some of the earliest aircraft, pioneering commercial aircraft, and a vast collection of rockets and satellites. All are well marked and there are frequent... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I can't say that I'm all that interested in airplanes, but I appreciate the displays. HUGE planes are housed in mammoth buildings. I was especially happy (or perhaps unhappy) to see the Enola Gay.

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