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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: Museums, Specialty Museums, Science Museums
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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“Air & Space Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

If you're a fan of aviation, this is a place you don't want to miss. Plan to spend at least 2 hours, more likely 3. One of the very few Space Shuttles (Discovery), a Concorde supersonic airliner, many one-of-a-kind WW2 aircraft, and much, much more are on display. What did I like? Everything. What did I dislike? Nothing.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Big Can Be Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I live near the museum but only went to one of the opening events years ago. This time I went with cousins, one of whom acted as a docent. He knew so much! It is much more fun being well informed about what you are seeing. The big hulking aircraft come alive. Just learning that the 1950's spy plane which greets you as you enter was designed with a slide rule [if you are under 30, look it up!] rather than with computers was sobering. Skip the trip up to the observation tower unless you have never seen countryside before - takes to long to go up and get down. And the planes taking off and landing from Dulles do not get that close to make it fun. [Better to go to Gravely Point off the George Washington Memorial Parkway and see the underbellies of planes as they take off from National Airport.] Coffee at the McDonalds is $2.50 - a tad pricey to my mind but you are a hostage consumer. Do go up and down the ramps for splendid views of the aircraft from the various angles and sightlines. It is a big place with really large pieces - which go across many decades. The place is a WOW. Almost forgot - in the spirit of "no suprises" - parking is $15. There is no alternative place to park unless your chauffeur drops you off and collects you later on. Admission is free.

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Bristow, Virginia
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“Too Much Money for Too Little Experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This would be a very good museum if you did not have to pay so much for parking, outrageous. I understand they don't want the airport crowd to park there but it is far enough from the airport to avoid that. $6 would be more reasonable.

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Scranton
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“The Shuttle!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

You can go and stand right next to the SPACE SHUTTLE! Need I say more? How impressive it is to walk around and sometimes"under" the shuttle! I would suggest taking anyone of any age to experience this. While you are there you can also see the Concord, the Pan Am "Clipper" and what we thought was neat seeing them restore airplanes piece by piece in the new restoration facility. It was a wonderful way to spend time with the family over the Thanksgiving holiday! There is no fee to get in just for parking in the huge lot.

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“MUST SEE FOR AVIATION FANS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

It has been a goal for me to visit this museum. Being an aviation geek, this was paradise for me.

Really enjoyed my time at the Udvar-Hazy center. This is a must visit for those who are in the aviation industry, and those who have a keen interest to learn more about aviation.

LOVE THIS PLACE.

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