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“If you like Aviation and Space, You will love this place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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
Type: Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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“If you like Aviation and Space, You will love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

National Air and Space Museum's
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington's Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington DC. It is enormous and provides enough space for the Smithsonian to display the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited on the National Mall. I have been to both and believe that if you have any interest in the history and evolution of manned flight, military or civilian aircraft then this is a must visit. The Museum houses just about everything you ever wanted to know about aviation. The collection of exhibits is astounding and ranges from singular first flight to Apollo Space flights. The collection of military and civilian aircraft is impressive. This facility houses such huge aircraft as The Concorde, WW II bombers to personal Lear Jets, Military defense aircraft from low altitude to high altitude Bombers and Jet fighters and everything in between. The history of helicopters as well is an impressive display. The collection on space flight is extremely detailed and ranges from initial probes and one man space cones to the latest in Apollo aircraft. There is no admission charge but they do charge you a flat rate to park your car. It’s reasonable, so the more people you have in your car the less the per person cost. It’s in Chantilly VA., near Dulles Airport about 35-40 minutes outside of Washington. Unless you are going by car you would have to use a combination of Metro Rail and Bus for the trip. To date the Metro Rail alone does not provide service this far out. For those aviation and space enthusiasts it’s well worth the effort.

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“National Space Museum Facility Located by Dulles Airport, VA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

Grownups and children alike will be thrilled to see all the space/flight exhibits here. There are over 80 aircraft inside this massive facility but the best thing to see is a real space shuttle! This is located far away from downtown D.C. (approx. 45 min drive)

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“Awesome collection of aircraft.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

One of the best aircraft collections I've seen - definitely worth the trip (and $15 parking)

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“Great Museum but Pricey $$$ Parking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

We have visited this museum (in Dulles, VA) twice in the past year. It is gigantic and the memorabilia, displays, airplanes & IMAX movies make this place worth the trip.

Cons:
**admission is free, but parking is $15!! Ouch. I almost wish they would just have free parking and charge a minimal entrance fee. Psychologically it would at least feel better. $15 parking is just plain ridiculous. And, be warned, if you are thinking of just going to drop someone off at the door and come back later to pick them up, you still have to pay $15 to drop them off (& I assume $15 more dollars when you return to pick them up).
**the planes are so cool to look at but none of them are accessible to actually go inside. no touching either. major bummer. they have the famous Concord/SST on display but without being able to peek inside, it's too much of a tease. I really wish they had at least one or two of them open to walk through.
**since there is nothing that is hands on, I think smaller kids may lose their attention quickly.

Pros:
**Great museum, especially for teens and adults.
**McDonalds on sight.
**Nice gift shop with unique gifts, but pricey.
**Very friendly staff:)
**Extremely clean facility.
**Easy to get to, great highway signage etc.
**IMAX movies

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“Well Worth the Drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

We only had about three hours to spend here, but we made the most of it. The staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. It is truly amazing the history that it is displayed here. It is well worth a drive to and spending a day or two in the area.

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