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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 13 things to do in Chantilly
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

A lot of history here - and kids love it. Modern and roomy - guides are very knowledgeable. I like it better than Air and Space downtown.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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“Like the 'promised land' for aviation enthusiasts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

What a great place. If you're love aviation this is a must see if you're in the area. Its a bit of a drive from D.C. unfortunately, and there's really no public transportation to get there.

The $15 parking fee is somewhat annoying - but the rest of the museum is technically free, though there are some additional things they charge for.

For me, just see Discovery was worth the trip. But there are quite a few legendary aircraft to be seen. One let-down is that you really cannot go into any of them. Not even the Concorde which is too bad, but probably understandable.

Even some in our group who were not mildly interested in going here found it 'mildly entertaining' to visit.

Visited December 2012
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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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“Amazing, Historic, A Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic experience. Amazing displays. See many items you seen in history books, on TV, etc. Includes the Space Shuttle Discovery, the Enola Gay, Space Suits used during moon walks, rockets, early German jets...the list goes on and on. Much more up-to-date than the one on the mall. Only recommendation is to eat before you go. Only option is a really awful McDonalds that will give you an upset stomach if you eat there.

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Bolivia, North Carolina
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“A great visit - but too much to see in one day.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Wow. It is really nice to see the aircraft up close that I grew up with. Only fee is the $15 for parking. Do suggest getting there early to see as much as you can. Get IMAX tickets as you arrive - any show is worth while. We saw one on the Hubble telescope. Another suggestion is to pace tour to get lunch (McDonalds) before movie. It was way too crowded after movie - so we drove to place near by.

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Slingerlands, New York
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“Amazing place, awesome whether or not you are into space and aviation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

This is very off the beaten path if you are staying in DC with no car. It is accessible by public transportation, and if there is not an article posted on this I will write one.

This is an awesome facility, and having it in a hangar, with a control tower sets the mood. There are unbelievable things here...the Enola Gay, the shuttle Discovery, a blackbird, and many other aviation, engineering and historical marvels. For those into wartime aviation, they have a collection of Japanese, German and Soviet aircraft, many of which are the only surviving examples. Add to that many spacecraft, helicopters, human powered flying machines....it just goes on and on.

It is an OK place for kids, but probably a quicker visit as patience will not allow reading of all of the explanations and history.

Like all Smithsonian facilities, admission is free.

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