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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 11 Attractions in Chantilly
Type: Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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“Wow!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is an impressive facility! I have been to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and this facility outdoes it. It is a massive multi-level museum containing U.S. and foreign civilian, military, experimental, and commercial aircraft of every size, shape, and purpose. Then there are the missiles and the space shuttle Discovery. Bring your camera and some comfortable walking shoes. We spent nearly an entire day there. I loved the way the museum displayed the exhibits on the floor and hanging from the ceiling. The exhibits flow from aircraft to missiles, to space craft. It appeals to adults and children. There is a McDonald’s cafeteria and gift shop in the facility. There is plenty of parking but it is expensive - $15. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and we will definite come back again.

Visited August 2012
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“Washington D C Smithsonian Space Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This attraction would appeal to all the categories listed and also younger children.
The layout was easy to follow,the variety of information from the first Aviators to
Space exploration today.the Planetarium was great,with a narration covering current
Exploration in space and identifying new planets.

Visited October 2012
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“See Discovery Space Shuttle up close!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great museum. Huge. Not only is the space shuttle here but the SR 71 Blackbird and the Enola Gay are here. Wonderful representation of aircraft from early to current times. Great guides available for tours. Don't miss the 2 floors of the Control Tower. From the top floor, you can watch planes take off and land as well as hear the actual control tower conversations. The next floor down has all the instrumentation used by air traffic controllers and an explanation of its uses.

Visited October 2012
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Irvine, California
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“Airplains and Space”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The relatively new museum is a wonderful display of aviation history from the very earliest of aircraft to the Space Shuttle. Both civilian and military aircraft are on view.

The museum is located next to Dulles Airport with plenty of parking. The only cost to see the museum is the $15 parking fee.

Well worth the visit.

Visited October 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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“A must see while in DC area! Nat'l Air & Space Museum is part of the Smithsonian.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

There is an Air & Space Museum in DC that is located alongside the other Smithsonian attractions, but the Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Fairfax,VA...just a short drive away. Parking is $10 but like the other museums, entrance is free. We went with 2 children ages 9 & 11yrs & mom-in-law. We spent approx 4.5hrs here (including a quick lunch) & could've easily spent longer!! There are continuous (free) tours that are announced throughout the day & the guides are extremely informative...we joined in & out of several tours. There is so much to see. There are also chairs nicely placed along the exhibits allowing those in your party who may need to sit for a bit, time to do so w/o having to leave the floor. There is an opportunity to have pictures taken...our cost was $25 but there were higher pkgs avail. Only drawback (so very minor) is the only eatery is McD's. Not my 1st choice but it's VERY large, able to accommodate the foot traffic & our group had no complaints. We loved this museum...a must see!

Visited August 2012
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