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“An absolute must place to see near DC for Aviation/Space fans” 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 10 Attractions in Chantilly
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums, Science Museums
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Redmond, Washington
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“An absolute must place to see near DC for Aviation/Space fans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This museum is free to enter just like any other Smithsonian but parking is $15.
But don't let that bother you because you are in for a day worth of treat (There is McD inside).

There is an IMAX inside as well and they honor previous IMAX purchases from other Smithsonian museums to give you discount tickets. This always works out best because they have pretty good shows going on year round.

The museum is inside a giant hanger and has over 300 air crafts on display and a space shuttle (Discovery), tons of bombs/missiles/rockets and satellites. There are enough information cards next to exhibits.
The arrangements is done to maximize the space utilization and may feel like cramped up because there are air crafts hanging over head in more than two levels.

The best part is they have free guided tours. They are few elderly guides but they are always busy. Do get in line to register for free tour or just tag along a session in progress.

This is a best thing for kids because they can enjoy the museum without parents having to explain them everything. The ramp levels work out the best to get the best view of floor and take some good snaps with unique views.

The space shuttle is main attractions located near the "black bird" where people like to hang out the most.

Visited July 2013
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“Best Museum Ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Visited the center July 24th 2013 and had a great time. The museum was awesome, and had tons of aircraft to see. Is was a perfect place to visit first, my kids really enjoyed seeing the Blackbird from the movie transformers and the space shuttle. The observation tower was great, we were able to listen to pilots talking to Dulles tower and see the planes landing. The museum had a excellent layout and it did not feel crowded or confined. I would recommend you become a member of the Smithsonian, only 12.00 dollars. The membership allowed the family to receive 10% discount on the gifts we bought at all the museums. It paid for itself over the 4 day trip. I will be back!

Visited July 2013
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“Great DC attraction away from DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Whether you live around the corner or are staying at a suburban hotel on Dulles corridor. This is a great 2-3 hour visit to actually see all the planes up close, the Shuttle, Stealth Bomber/Fighter, etc. and then catch an IMAX film. Great for those of us living in LoCo, great for all.

Visited July 2013
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Chantilly, Virginia
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“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a great attraction for the entire family, and especially for aviation fans, with exhibits ranging from early aircraft up to the space shuttle. Done right, a visit to the Udvar-Hazy Center will take several hours. Admission is free, but there is a $20 parking fee. It is also located near the Sully Plantation, so the family can make a day of it without having to drive out of the way. Both venues are located on Route 28, a major transportation route in the region. Chantilly is also just a short drive from the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Visited May 2013
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“Great place all year round”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Udvar-Hazy is a frequent trip for my family. There always seems to be something new or something changing. The museum is never exactly the same twice. The docents are outstanding! If you're lucky, like we have been a number of times, you'll find a docent that is just hanging out. Ask them a question, listen with interest, and the next thing you know they'll be leading you around on a private tour. My three year old is fascinated by their stories and loves to ask them questions. They are always patient in answer the typical three year old question, "Why?"

Visited June 2013
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