We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Dulles, VA” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
202-633-1000
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
$75*
and up
Washington DC Segway Night Tour
Ranked #15 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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 older children, Activities for young children
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Dulles, VA”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This museum has many interesting exhibits, but there are few "hands-on" activities and it is very difficult (and very costly) to get to unless you have a car. We ended up spending over $100 getting there and back from Washington DC. We were also extremely disappointed that the only place to eat for miles around was Mc Donalds! However, seeing the space shuttle and many other terrific planes did compensate for the other challenges. Our eight year old companion however, definitely preferred the other Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on the Mall.

Visited November 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

6,388 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    4,449
    1,424
    440
    57
    18
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Edmonton, Canada
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A must-see for kids, kids at heart (where planes are concerned), and even (or especially) mad Russians”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

This was my one must-see for my most recent (and first) trip to Washington, DC. I was in town to attend a concert and having arrived a day early this was the first stop on my allotted day for sightseeing. My girlfriend, who proclaimed she'd be bored, perked up the minute she saw a Sputnik and upon touring the exhibits of both US and Russian Space Race-era artifacts was actually quite interested. This piquing was maintained throughout the remainder of our time there and we left having both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Everyone is going to see something they recognize, have read about, etc. no matter your age or background. I can't recommend this museum enough!

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lots and lots of airplanes, helicopters, one space shuttle, concord and blackbird”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Great for guys. I noticed lot less non male tourists in te hangar. Bring your comfy walking shoes..I hel the coats and tagged along for many hours. Who knew you could fit so many planes from every era in one space. The guides are very informative and they have engaging discovery carts & activities for younger kids ..never did land the rover on that simulation. You may want to skip the simulation ride..the boys found it very tame. You may also want to skip the obsevation tower as it is very warm up too and the elevator is very slow with many people waiting to cram on...unless your really into watching flights depart...but rally you have the same or better view waiting for your flight from most airports. Yep they have a shuttle, a concord etc.. The only choice for lunch is McDonald's ...the gift shop is a carbon copy of the one in the smithonian air &space downtown...which also only houses a McDonald's. Very memorable.

Visited November 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mount Vernon, WA
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“It is great for every age!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

My daughter couldn't stop laughing when I told her that I was here in 1970, and flew around the US in a DC -3, just like the one hanging from the ceiling...she said, not

Visited November 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The best Museum in DC.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We spent 2 days in this museum - it has so much to see and the exhibits are extremely informative. At the IMAX theater we say the Hubble in 3D - excellent film. Planetarium was closed with issues so we couldn't see anything there.

Visited November 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum also viewed

 

Been to Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.