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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 things to do in Chantilly
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Great Museum of Aerospace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Great exhibits of different planes from all over the world! The space is welcoming and is an absolute must see for anyone interested in the history of air travel.

Visited May 2014
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“must do Eye in the Sky”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We spent 5 hours here, great if you have any interest in flight or aircraft. We picked the day to visit based on the offer of the Eye in the Sky activity I read about on their web site. Its not offered everyday but my 9 year old son Loved it. Its a scavenger hunt and a chance to learn about surveillance, history, geography. Definitely his favorite thing there. The space shuttle is awesome to see up close. We went up in the control tower on arrival and there was no wait. Its a very interesting 'exhibit' and a chance to look at the planes taking off. The plus side to going up first is it wasn't crowded, no line for elevator (very long line by afternoon), but we were told once up there that few flights take off and land between 10-12, so keep that in mind if that's important to you. No strollers allowed so plan accordingly.
the space shuttle simulator near the elevator to the tower is free and really fun when its open.
Lunch is a disaster!! The only choice is McDonald's and the line unbelievable. We tried once and the line didn't move, so we came back 45 min later and waited more than half and hour to get our food. There are no other options so we were stuck. I've never seen such poor crowd management in a McDs.

Visited April 2015
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“A "must see"!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We've been to the Air & Space Museum on each of our visits to DC and it never disappoints! If you can get there either early or late in the day you will avoid some of the crowd of school students that will invariably be there for a visit.

Visited November 2014
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“Enjoyable afternoon tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I've went to the Air & Space Museum by the National Mall two decades ago. So this trip I had to visit Udvar-Hazy. $15 parking fee per car regardless of number of occupants.

Went with a friend who is also an aviation buff, so we thoroughly enjoyed all the exhibits till closing time at 5:30pm. Unfortunately, the IMAX theater was closed for renovations.

My friend had been there several years before and he was very pleased to see the extension and added exhibits, so it was a worthwhile visit for him too.

Too many exhibits to describe. Best to go to the museum's and other websites for a list. I think we could have spent more time there and I would definitely want to see the IMAX theater whenever it reopens.

You must have an avid interest in the history of aviation and space exploration to thoroughly enjoy this place.

Young children might get tired very quickly if they can't appreciate the history and technology. Wear the best walking shoes/boots you have as there is plenty of square footage to cover.

Best part - all exhibits indoors and climate controlled. I have been to many aviation museums across the country and most of them were partially outdoors.

Visited March 2015
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“The hidden jewel in the Smithsonian Crown!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

Several tourists come to the DC metro area and only visit the museums in the National Mall. However,if you enjoy the Air and Space museum, you'll love this place!! The Udvar-Hazy houses some of the Giants of the aviation industry: the Concord, the Enola Gay, and the space shuttle Discovery (which did a DC flyby before coming to rest as an exhibit here), plus a whole host of historic fighter planes and bombers. Plus this museum has one of the best IMAX theaters out there! This museum is well worth the drive outside of downtown DC! Even though I'm a local, I look forward to having guests in town so I can take them there!

Visited May 2014
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