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“A "must do" for the aviator buff” 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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“A "must do" for the aviator buff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

If you enjoy flying, planes, and space, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here, but what made it exceptional was the tour led by docent, Sig Crossland. There are tours led twice a day and I would strongly advise you to take one of these tours. They don't just breeze you through and point out areas - they go into the history behind many of the exhibits (obviously they can't cover them all). We thought we were going on a 1/2 hour "highlights' tour, but the tour was 2.5 hours long and extremely informative. Sig patiently answered many questions and made the tour interesting for everyone. You can tell he loves this museum and is passionate about connecting people to it.

Don't get discouraged if it looks like there's going to be a lot of people on the tour - they broke the large group we were in into two groups and with the microphones they have, you can hear everything very clearly.

You can go into the "control" tower at the museum and I'd suggest you do that early as we understand the wait time can get quite long in the afternoons.

The one thing to be aware of is - the only place to eat here is a McDonalds that can get very crowded. You might want to time your eating to "off" hours (if there are any). One option may be to pack something in a cooler and eat it in your car - not from a cost perspective, but from a wait time perspective. Of course you'd have to weigh this against the wait time to get back into the museum since they have to search all bags - the lines weren't long when we were there.

Parking is $15, but everything else is free - a deal that can't be beat.

Visited April 2013
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“Amazing !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This would have to be one of the best air and space museums on the planet. You could easily spend a full day there, with interests one the entire family. Admission is free once you pay for parking $15.00, there are food facilities there as well. Very much recommended for anyone interested in aviation.

Visited May 2013
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“Space out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Take time to see one of the IMAX movies. Totally enjoyed all the displays. Very well put together for such large items to work with. It was a nice way to view aviation and space travel all through the years! Highly recommended for all ages. Take at least 3 hours, time to watch an IMAX as well.

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“Don't miss!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The Space Shuttle Discovery is here in all it's glory. If this was the ONLY exhibit - I'd still mark it as excellent (it IS a space shuttle) - but there's so much more.

Every plane/flying vehicle imaginable is here. We took our two daughters (aged 9 and 11) and they had a great time as well. This museum is for EVERYONE - no matter your age or gender. Could not recommend more highly.

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“Fantastic Air Museum !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This was one of my favorite musuems of all time, they had a great selection of airplanes, rockets etc on display, but most important have the space shuttle !! You can stand 5 feet away from the space shuttle discovery, you can see the re-entry marks on the nose and sides, it is great !! They have an actual SR71 blackbird on display and a conccorde !! Musuem is free !! parking is $15 but well worth it !!

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