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“An excellent museum” 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 #15 of 243 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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London, United Kingdom
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“An excellent museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We had three hours to kill as we were flying back to the UK so we thought we would pop over to the museum. Everything about it impressed. Firstly it is free. The building is modern and well laid out. The exhibits were fascinating. The space shuttle, Enola Gay etc. Some real aviation history in there. As a Brit, shame they did not have a bit more on British aeronautical history....the modern jet engine, Brit invention - swing wing, VTOL, first commercial jet airliner, first jet aricraft capable of super cruise - the English Electric Lightning, thrust vectoring etc. Come on Smithsonian, get some Brit gear in there!

Visited March 2013
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“Smithsonian does It right!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Every aspect of flight from pre-Wright Brothers to space exploration was featured in some area of this museum. Add to that the artifacts that were collected and you have a museum that is worth your time. Seeing the planes belonging to Earhart, Lindberg, etc. made this trip a must do.

Visited April 2013
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“Amazing - the shuttle up close”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Love technology? Airplanes? Space flight? Then, this is the place to go. From early aircraft, to quirky aircraft to aircraft that changed the world and transportation - it shows how far we've come and how fast!

Visited August 2012
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“Gloria H”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We as Americans, are so blessed that we have accomplished so much in such a short period of time. This museum allows you to see and experience in a very short period of time snapshots of our space history. It is easy to see the whole museum in a little over an hour.

Visited April 2013
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“Want to know where all the aluminium foil went in the 60s?!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

You can touch a moon rock, see the Apollo 11 Command Module, see one of Gene Kranz's vests - and that's just a small part of this amazing museum. You can also see the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer and a plethora of other amazing planes. You're also left with a sense of wonder at the bravery of the astronauts when you see their gear up close and remember that their gear was held together by 1960s technology (i.e.string and chewing gum). You're also left wondering what sort of madness or courage would make someone agree to fly to the moon in something that pretty much looks like it's made entirely of aluminium foil! One small step indeed!

Visited April 2013
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