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“Great Air and Space Museum” 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 9 attractions in Chantilly
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums, Science Museums
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Virginia Beach
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“Great Air and Space Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Actually located next to Dulles Airport. Free to the public but you pay for parking until 4:00. Lots to see from planes to rockets to space craft. They have The Enola Gay B29, a Space Shuttle and even a Black Bird.

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“Worth the trip, something for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

A well-designed, very accessible collection of some of our most significant planes, missiles, spacecraft. Whether it's the Shuttle, the Enola Gay, or the Concorde -- whether it's WW2 aviation or space adventures -- whether it's the human side or the science, this is an easily comprehended, well-organized array. You'll be touched and excited by the history that's visible there. Be sure to view it all from all levels. During busy tourist season, get there at opening and go up into the Observation Tower first. Can be done in 2 yrs., three is more leisurely.

Gift shop is limited and, except for the books, mostly young-child oriented. Food is McD's.

Visited November 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
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“A gem of a museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Visited this huge museum over Thanksgiving weekend. Many people visited but because of its size, it did not feel overly crowded. The museum holds aircraft and spacecraft from the Wright's Brother's planes to modern satellites and jets. They are position on the ground and hanging at various levels from the ceiling. There are ramps and viewing areas so that you can see them from all angles. Lighting is wonderful as it highlights the colors and shininess of the planes. Just a few of the famous planes include: the Enola Gay, the Concord, the Space Shuttle, the Blackbird jet...... The museum also has an Imax theater and a McDonalds. Beware that the McDonalds will be very very crowded. Plan your visit so that you don't have to eat there. The museum has two types of simulated rides inside. One holds about 15 people and moves a little to simulate riding in a WWI fighter plane or a ride in the space shuttle. This is not worth the $7 price for the 5 minute video. Definitely avoid it. However, the other is much better. My 17 yr old son got to control a simulated jet fighter. EAch person gets their own simulator in which you can barrel roll while chasing the enemy planes. It is $8 for a 5 minute ride. He thought that it was worth the price. The rest of us lamented not picking the interactive simulator. One can spend hours in this museum reading all of the signs and looking at planes and accessories. It was quite enjoyable. The museum is free, however, the parking is $15/car. Depending on your route, you may also have to pay a road toll as well.

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Conway, South Carolina
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“Udvar-Hazy Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Another Smithsonian Museum with the air and space theme. We are very lucky to have this type of support from our government. The preservation of these artifacts is amazing. All types of aircraft including a SPACE SHUTTLE. What is different here is that you can't avoid a $15 parking fee unless someone drops you off at the museum and then leaves (they can get a refund if they exit within 30 min). Definitely worth the trip. Guided tours available.

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Pataskala, Ohio
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“Excellent exhibit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This is a beautiful exhibit. There is so much to see. They have done a wonderful job with the airplanes. It contains the Enola Gay, the Spaceshuttle Discovery, the Concorde, and the SR-71 Blackbird to name a few. Even children who are not that into the history of flight can really enjoy this. My only complaint is that there is only one place to eat, MacDonalds. My husband waited in line for over an hour while I trolled for a table. The children were irritable by the time the food got to them. On a busy holiday weekend, there were only three windows open. The lines were very long and to eat somewhere else, you would have to leave and repay the parking fee. This is totally unacceptable. So my advice is to go, but not a a meal time.

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