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“Historical, Interesting, and Very Cool” 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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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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Midlothian, Virginia
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“Historical, Interesting, and Very Cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

During a recent visit to Washington D.C. my wife and I visited the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It was an absolute treat visiting each exhibit, collection, and artifacts from the earliest days of man’s quest to fly to today’s advanced aeronautical technologies.

We started looking at the Mercury Friendship 7, then to the Apollo 11, the old Soviet Union’s SS-20 and the U.S. Pershing II rockets. We then moved to explore exhibits of early aircraft design, technological advances, and of course an excellent selection of vintage World War II American, German, Japanese, and Russian aircraft (land and nautical based).

After several hours looking at all the exhibits it became very obvious the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. The 22 exhibition galleries, displaying hundreds of artifacts including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the "Spirit of St. Louis," and the Apollo 11 command module made it possible to truly appreciate how far we’ve come in the pursuit of flight.

Anyone visiting Washington D.C. should take full advantage of all the Smithsonian Institution has to offer. For those interested in flight, the Air and Space Museum is a hands down a must see.

Visited January 2014
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

A really great way to travel back in time and experience what it was like to go into space. It was definitely an eye opening experience and its simply unbelievable that these astronauts were able to this...simply unbelievable.

Visited December 2013
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“Those magnificent men -”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

What a fabulous place. A virtual History of Flight and beyond. Well set out and easily accessible for everyone to see everything, the DaVinci exhibit was of particular interest especially his written diagrams. Free guided tours for those who wish but I think it is better to discover things on your own just do some research before you go. Journey to the Stars in the Planetarium is a must but not for young toddlers and babies. From Douglas Fairbanks to Snoopy to Star Trek to Star Wars - there is something for everyone. Staff is very knowledgeable about the exhibits which are well set out. Yep, this is definitely a 'must see' when in DC.

Visited October 2013
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“Excellent Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Loved visiting the Air and Space Museum, especially the Planetarium. Well set out, great things to do and view. Very helpful staff. Good idea having a MacDonalds within, so we could have a quick lunch and get on with enjoying all the delights this brilliant museum had to offer.

Visited December 2013
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“It's crazy what they have in here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

An embarrassment of riches. Where else in one afternoon can you see the moon lander, the actual plane used by the Wright Brothers, a moon rock … I could go on but you really must visit. My 13yo son loved the flight simulators and the Hubble 3D experience at the IMAX. There is a cost for the simulators and IMAX but getting in to the museum is free. Something for everyone.

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