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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 12 Attractions in Chantilly
Type: Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Chantilly, Virginia
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is great activity for kids of all ages. Plus, it is FREE! Well, parking is $12, buy admission is free. There are usually amazing movies on the IMAX if you are into that, and the exhibits are breathtaking.

Highly recommend checking out the Space Shuttle, and make sure you go up to the ATC Tower as well for the panoramic view.

Visited March 2013
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“From gliders to outer space.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

All typ4s of a/c are representative, military, civilian, aerobatic, sport & airliner. From early 1900's thru the Viet Nam War,, army, navy marine & coast guard. The galleries of WW1, WW11, Korea & Viet Nam are expected, its the James S. McDonnell Space Hanger that stands out. The main attraction is the space shuttle Discovery. Here a visitor will find rockets, missiles, satellites, space suits & probes and capsules. After the space hanger walk up the stairs to the Mary Baker Enger Restoration Hanger. Here visitors will be able to watch several a/c in difference stages of restoration.

On two sides of the main hanger are two levels of balcony walkway and side to side crosswalks. These walks allow a visitor to get close to the a/c hung from the ceiling. I would say at least 40 aircraft hang from the ceiling.

The museum has group tours every half hour. For eating, a large McDonalds is available on the main level, that walks into the museum's gift shop. The floor a/c have rope barriers. These a/c are not crowded together, enough open space to see both fuselage sides and front & rear. All a/c have been excellently restored. Many look as if they had flown to the museum and put on exhibit.

A review can describe the museum only so much, only a visit will so what is available. Admission is free. Parking is $15.00 for an entire day., Hours are 10:00 to 6:30. With eight and a half hours a visitor can take their time. I suggest the earliest arrival time to avoid the heavy crowds and the crowds are very heavy by 12:00. There are seats throughout the museum. Plenty of light for photography.

A visit is highly recommended.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

Visited July 2013
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“Just go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Don't miss out on your chance to see the last active space shuttle. If you're flying in our out of Washington, it's an excellent stop to combine with your way in our out.

Visited July 2013
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“It's a bird, it's a PLANE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Docent tour with Jim Peacock was so informative. Volunteers conduct the tours and there is no admission charge. $15. for parking. All the major air entries in history of aviation are located here, right close to Airport grounds. Watch planes take off from an observation tower and witness the complex air traffic controllers work day. AND shuttle Discovery is housed here, unaltered since its last flight. Lots of children, strollers, wheelchairs (available at security desk), but very roomy floor space and observation bridges. IMAX offerings $. Fab Vacay day!

Visited July 2013
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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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