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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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Burke, Virginia
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“See Discovery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

This is the neatest place is you like aircraft, especially big ones. The addition of the space shuttle discovery is awesome. The shuttle Enterrpsie was cool but it never went into space.

Visited March 2012
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Do not miss!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

This was the highlight of my trip to the US. Disappointed that the space shuttle was not at the main smithsonion museum in the capitol I came across this museum advertised in a local magazine.

Do not be put off by the journey out to near Dulles airport as once here - you will be rewarded. There are a host of airplanes past and presnt including the Enola gay and yes the space shuttle sits there proudly and I have to say took my breath away.

Others have detailled how to get there by bus so I will not go into that - all I will say is It's a once in alifetime experience to be near to some of the most influential aircrafts in history. I loved it!!

Visited October 2012
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Sunbury, Australia
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“Transport to Steven F Udvar-Hazy centre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We had an excellent visit and commute to the Air &Space museum at the Udvar-Hazy centre.
Staying at Holiday Inn Capitol, it is a short walk to L'Enfant station. Catch the 5A bus ($6 ea, young children free) to Dulles airport, then transfer to a shuttle bus operated by Virginia Regional Transport (.50c each, children free) which drops you at the front of the Udvar-Hazy centre.

The bus ride between Washington and Dulles airport is an hour and can take longer during peak The wait between the two buses was less than 5 minutes and they use the same stop at Dulles airport.
We did this trip as a family of four (2 adults, 2 young children) with two strollers and we found it very easy.
You do need to have correct change for bus fares, as the drivers carry no money and fares are placed in a locked box.

The Udvar-Hazy centre, awesome. My husband works in the airline industry and we were tagging along, however there was something for all of us. The kids were given an activity sheet to look for things, which kept them very entertained.
Would visit again!

Visited October 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Good museum, but they need more modern aircrafts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

It's a much better museum if you are actually an airplan fan to compare to the Air and Space museum in Washington, DC. It has the recent Discovery on the display as well. For those who is interested in the modern aviation there were not as many planes as I personally expected. The museum at Wright-Patterson AFB has probably 10 times more moders planes than this one. On the other hand - it's better, than nothing.
And $15 parking fee is really too much for 1 1/2 - 2 Hrs the average person would spend in the museum.

Visited October 2012
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Warrenton, Virginia
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“Always an enjoyable museum of flight.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I have been to this flight museum at least four times and have enjoyed it each time. It is a collection of "machines" dating from the early history of powered flight to manned and unmanned flights in space. A great collection of airplanes and space flight vehicles plus they have visual effects rides where you get into a simulator for a ride to outer space. The Center is free but you have to pay to park.

Visited September 2012
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