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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Free Flying”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

The air and space museum is located right next to the Dulles International Airport.We visited this place day before Christmas.Parking is $15 but free after 4 PM,however the museum closes at 5:30PM. No entry fee for the museum.The main attraction of the museum is the Discovery Space Shuttle.Plenty of planes from World war era to the recent times are at display.My favorite was the SR-71 Blackbird.The museum has flight simulators too.The museum has an IMAX theater and its the biggest one I have seen in this area.The story of Hubble is a must watch.They do show high profile movies once in a while.Food and drinks are available.Guided tours are available.

Visited December 2013
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“Today's Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Awesome visit today at the Air and Space Museum. Truly amazing history of aviation! The guided tour is a must. It takes about 2 hrs. 10:30 and 1:00.

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“Worth the Effort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Everyone who visits DC usually makes a stop at the Air and Space museum on the mall, but the real treasures live out at the Udvar-Hazy center near Dulles airport. It's a good rive from downtown DC, and they charge you to park, but it is definitely worth the effort. There are absolutely amazing artifacts here. Don't miss it. Make the trip!

Visited November 2013
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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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“I now want an Airphibian...combo plane/automobile!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We're from the West Coast and stopped by the museum with friends who live in the DC area. We spent several hours exploring the museum, took the guided tour, which I would recommend, and really enjoyed the few hours we passed here. We haven't been to the main museum near the Mall that is affiliated with this one but found this place to be one of the better airplane museums we've seen. The exhibits that likely bring the most crowds are the Discovery Space Shuttle, the Enola Gay, and the Lockheed Blackbird. The Discovery was really neat but several other favorites were lesser known planes such as the Airphibian (a plane with wings that detached to create a car), the Messerschmitt Komet with it's comical pygmy propeller, and the Aichi Seiran, a Japanese war plane designed to operate from a submarine.

We appreciated the free entry (though didn't appreciate the $15 parking fee...make sure to carpool or look into public transportation). Another option is to come after 4 pm when parking is free. Hours currently are 10 am to 5:30 pm everyday except Christmas (closed) so if you don't want a guided tour or to spend a ton of time here, you could probably be satisfied with seeing the museum in an hour and a half to save the parking fee.

We appreciated the large variety of exhibits available but did find ourselves wishing each exhibit had more space so we could better appreciate each one. We couldn't walk around each plane and found them to be displayed together in such tight space that some of the displays resembled just a jumble of wings, wheels, and airplane parts. I think we were in part expecting to find a more spacious layout, such as the Evergreen Air & Space Museum in Oregon. That being said, if you're in the area, it's worth a visit!

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Connecticut
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“Incredible number of exhibits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Great aviation museum. They have two complimentary guided tours daily - the guide was excellent. Also there is a observation tower where one can view the activity at the Dulles airport - we watched the Airbus 380 approach and land. They have a feed from the tower and we confirmed the arrival time of the Airbus 380 from the staff. The only restaurant facility is a McDonald's - it was fine. Good gift shop next door. The museum entrance is complimentary but there is a $15.00 parking fee.

Visited November 2013
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