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“Just the shuttle is worth the visit!” 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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Edgewater, Maryland
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“Just the shuttle is worth the visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This museum, near Dulles Airport, has the space to allow literally hundreds of aircraft to be displayed. From some of the earliers models to the Blackbird. But the current start of the show is the space shuttle Discovery. When I visited recently, there was a docent with a laptop who seemed very knowledgable and had a loptop handy with photos and technical information. For instance he explained the streaking on the tiles and the different types of thermal shields on the shuttle.

Visited January 2013
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“Must see when you are in DC area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Amazing assortment of aircrafts (both military and commercial) under one roof. Whether you are a flying buff fascinated by these expensive toys or a tourist on a DC visit, this place is definitely worth a visit.

Located just off the international airport, the dome is large enough to give you that much privacy to get lost in the midst of WWII fighters, even if momentarily. It is very well maintained. They have free guide assisted tours every hour (don't exactly remember the frequency) and a museum store. From the wooden machines of 1900s to WWII fighters to modern day B52 stealth bombers and the last Concorde, this place has it all. There is also a section for satellites where you can see the ‘Discovery Shuttle’ up close. I don’t remember if there was an entry fee, but you have to pay a parking fee.

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing collection of planes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is amazing. Located in Chantilly, VA near Dulles airport, it has a collection of aircraft from the beginning of aviation (there are over 100 planes) through one of the Space Shuttles (there are over 100 space objects). There are planes that flew in WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war. There is an Axis Section with planes from Germany and Japan from WWII.

There are numerous passenger planes including one of the Concordes.

There is a separate space wing that includes the Space Shuttle Discovery.

There is an upper level area where you can look down and view the Restoration Hangar (where planes acquired by the museum are restored).

There are periodic free guided tours that last an hour or so; they are given by people whose background is in aviation and they are very knowledgeable.

There is no entry fee, but there is a $15 parking fee, except late in the afternoon.

Visited December 2012
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Centreville, Virginia
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“Awesome Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you are particularly interested in airplanes and aviation history, you will truly enjoy your visit. I was awed by the first stealth bomber and the Enola
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Ashburn, Virginia
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“Great on a rainy day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you like anything air and space this is a neat museum to check out. We went for the first time on a rainy day and it wasn't very crowded at all! I liked the "space", I was able to get around with a stroller and active 3 year old no problems! The guided tours are great too (we didn't attend one, but they're running constantly).

Overall I was happy with what they provided! :)

Visited January 2013
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