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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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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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“Great Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This museum has something for everyone. The are many interesting sections and exhibits for all ages. We were impressed with how many actual aircraft were in there and the information surrounding these. We were particularly interested in the space travel and I also liked the section about development of passenger aircraft and commercial industry. I would recommend this for anyone visiting DC.

Visited May 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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“Great for Tech Buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I've always been enamored with aircraft, and this was jaw-dropping. The Enola Gay, the space shuttle Discovery, the Concorde, the SR-71 Blackbird, all were amazing, as you might expect. However, don't overlook the other, smaller aircraft in the collection. There were some neat gems there.

We (my boyfriend and I) did not get a chance to check out the tower or the IMAX, but they looked pretty neat. Apparently, you can watch air traffic coming into and out of Dulles from the tower.

If you're visiting on a trip to DC, be advised that this is NOT near the city or the metro. We drove to DC, so we visited on our way into the area. It might also be convenient if you're flying into Dulles.

There's also a decent McDonald's if you need a snack after a long drive/flight.

Visited March 2013
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Orange County
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“Impressive museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

I liked it more than the original. SR-71, Discovery shuttle, Enola Gay...wow! Even a trip up to the tower for a very cool view of Dulles runways and surrounding area. IMAX theatre, food court, gift shop, but most important a very cool collection of WWII planes, commercial craft, space craft and rockets. Kids even went on the fighter jet simulator and had a blast. Parking is 15.00 but museum is free. Near great restaurants in chantilly. Hit this place before a flight for an end-of-trip surprise.
Two hours will do it.

Visited May 2013
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Reston, Virginia
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“Take the kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This museum is state of the art with some of the world's great aircraft, including an actual shuttle that has been there, done that. While the downtown facility has the original Spirit of St Louis and a Wright Flyer, there are more than enough historic aircraft at Udvar-Hazy to make it unique (Including the B=29 Enola Gay of Hiroshima). All that and Imax.

Only complaint....You have to pay to park, but admission is free.

Visited May 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Wonderful Addition to the Smithsonian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I am glad we waited to visit this museum, which has been open for 10 years. The displays are more extensive than in 2002. We had time to spend prior to a flight at Dulles Airport, located adjacent to the facility. It was not crowded until later in the afternoon when various school groups were visiting. I highly recommend the guided tour that lasts around 2.5 hours and covers the highlights of the museum. There are several levels of mezzaines where you can get above the various planes and space exhibits. That is an advantage over the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The charge is for parking, not an entrance fee.

Visited May 2013
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