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“Awesome museum even if you're not an aviation buff” 5 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
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Ranked #11 of 479 things to do in Washington DC
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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.
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Mountain View, California
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“Awesome museum even if you're not an aviation buff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

1. parking cost $15 but admission is free

2. ample parking

3. very well-designed museum. you enter on the 2nd floor and are treated to an overlook of the entire museum. the map and signage are easy to understand. need a bathroom? just look for a wall with a mosaic tile design. ample seating throughout the museum (2 seats built into the railings about every 20 feet) so you can sit if you like during the tour.

4. the tour guides are awesome. friendly gray-haired men who seem to be retirees from careers in military or commercial aviation. full of interesting stories and little known facts. their personable nature gives this cavernous airplane hanger a warm and friendly ambience.

5. huge gift shop with tons of books for adults and children, aviation related toys, apparel, games, lots of choices for affordable gifts and souvenirs

6. while I'm not a fan of McDonalds taking over the universe, I do appreciate that the McDonalds inside the museum had prices that were very slightly, maybe 20 cents, higher than the norm. nothing worse than the feeling of highway robbery when the only food around has jacked up prices.

7. oh, did I mention that 99% of these aircraft are the real, genuine article, not replicas? huge collection of aircraft and related items, beautifully displayed

Highly recommend!

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Easy to spend hours here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This museum has a huge amount to see and can interest even the most scientifically challenged amonst us. The exhibition on mapping the earths surface was excellent as were all of the space exhibits.

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“Really Great for Kids!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

I went there with no kids but all of kids were smiling, learning and seemed to have the best time there then any of the other musems.

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“History right in front of you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I can't get over I was actually standing right next to Space Shuttle Discovery this weekend. This museum has just about everything and its free amazing.

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“The best museum at the Smithsonian: don't miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

This was my fourth visit to Air and Space over the last ten years. They have started building a new display for Space Shuttle Discovery with a big screen replay of its final launch. I always find the rocket display fascinating with ICBMs and cruise missiles. Where else can you see that? You also see satellites, space capsules, and famous planes across the century.The whole place is brilliantly curated, and inspirational. Your children will leave smarter and more patriotic. The gift shop is fun, and you should try the freeze-dried ice cream. Our boys enjoyed the flight simulators. Expect to have your bags searched and to pass through an airport-like security line, like so many places in DC.

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