National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Free time-entry passes are required. Please see the Museum's website for information. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • L'Enfant Plaza • 4 min walk
  • Federal Center SW • 7 min walk
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  • Lenise B
    Minneapolis, Minnesota117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history of aviation.
    The history of aircraft and space exploration was amazing. From interactive displays to hulls of aircraft to moon rocks and dust to space rockets, the experience was great. The disappointing aspect was about 50% of the museum was closed for renovation.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • justalittlebitocd
    Melbourne, Australia623 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book in advance
    I can’t say this enough, when you come to DC plan out your trip and pre book your tickets. Too many places we have seen people miss out on tours because tickets are sold out so don’t chance just getting them on the day. I say this because when we arrived there was a big sign saying tickets were sold out which is astounding given the amount of people that were lined up just for our time slot . It’s very popular and it books out We were shocked at how long the line was for our time slot but wow does it move fast once they open the door for your allocated time . So don’t stress about getting there early or lining up too long , if you have your ticket you will be in before you know . Side note , if you rock up early they don’t let You into a different time slot Currently half the place is closed due to renovations but there is still plenty to see. I especially liked the space section. Seeing relics from moon landings etc was quite exciting for me My hubby could spend hours in a place like this so I managed to find seats while he investigated longer than me but all up I would suggest 2 hours is enough
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Southwest_Gaucho
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona1,232 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Half open and busy but still a nice visit.
    First time visiting the museum and discovered a few things. One, it's free to get in, however, you have to sign up online before going to get a ticket to get in on a certain day and time. Two, the museum is undergoing renovations so only half of the museum is open which was disappointing. What they had open was done nicely but a bummer that I'll have to return at a later date to see the other half of the museum. Went during the summer so it was extremely busy and not sure what the purpose of getting tickets beforehand was all about unless they try to determine how often people leave and control how many come in.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 5, 2023
  • cooms2014
    Albany, New York118 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum.... under construction
    Would have given it a higher score, but half of the museum is under renovation so we couldn't see everything. Everything is well displayed and labeled. I wish it flowed better, but with that many people it would be impossible. Very busy. You have to get timed tickets online (for free). We had an hour after the start of our time to enter so we waited until 10 minutes after the time to show up. We walked right in and did not have to stand in line.... always a plus when you have an autistic child!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Fleckney
    Fleckney, United Kingdom435 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book your visit on line
    This is the most popular of all of the museums and we did not realise that you have to book your visit. Fortunately, we were in Washington for a few days and managed to book a slot online for our last day in the capital. If we had known, we would have booked a slot, which is free, before we left home. Even after booking, there was a long queue outside on a very hot day - but it was worth the wait.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Loveslife7106
    Louisville, Kentucky106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Timed entry so make reservations early
    Make sure to get your reservations in advance! We had a 3:00PM entry. They will not let you in early. The line begins forming and gets long but moves rapidly. Once inside, get a map and take in all of the amazing history. The attractions are well thought out and there is plenty of room to see everything, including the planetarium. Large tour groups of kids were there, but that's expected.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Mili821
    Mumbai, India329 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book in advance!
    We missed checking that tour needs to be booked in advance, at least a day or two. Thankfully it was a weekday and we managed to get evening slot. Do remember to reach at least 30 mins before your slot and waiting line is huge! Museum is amazing and will typically need more than half a day. So plan accordingly.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Juker-Brx
    Brussels, Belgium91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enter early, stay all day!
    Very good collection of flying apparatus, from a plane of the Wright brothers to spacecraft. We stayed from 11 am until closure. If you can get early day entrance tickets, go for it! Two huge parts of the museum are closed for renovation at the moment though: everything related to WW1 and WW2, also jet engines and water bound airplanes. If you are interested in those, wait until next year. Explanations given are well done. There are often guides who do small experiments to explain things. We liked the planetarium a lot. What could be improved? The cafeteria is a plastic waste hell. Why not invest in a dish washer and hand out reusable dishes. If you fly you can see that earth is precious- and resources are finite.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • flo220
    New York City, New York349 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exhibits are interesting but limited due to renovation
    The museum is undergoing a major renovation and as a result only some of the exhibits are open. Those that are open are good if you are interested in space travel, planets or flights. But it is a lot less than what was there before the renovation. We also enjoyed the planetarium show. Entry is free but you do need to make timed reservations in advanced.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • pickyreviewerguy
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent exhibits for curious young minds but eat around the corner.
    Great place for kids. Revamped exhibits have something for everyone. I learn something new every time I go there. Makes science accessible to young minds. The love celebration of war machines required some explanatory conversations. Gift shop is an excellent place to go gift shopping for kids’ birthdays, end of year or whatever. My new favorite hack is the Corn Factory truck that parks most weekdays at the l’enfant plaza metro exit two blocks away. Food is amazing and much cheaper and higher quality than the offerings on the museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
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misshedder
Sunbury, PA79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Right now, a majority of the museum is under a much needed remodel. Exhibits haven't changed much since I was a kid and I'm 48, so yes, they need to update. You can still visit during this time, just keep in mind that you won't be here long since there isn't as much to see. We were done in 2 hours. They added some flight simulators and VR things that you pay extra for, and the kids had to do them. None came off saying it was awesome.
There is a cafeteria where you grab pre-made sandwiches and salads from refrigerators, but be warned, the prices are ridiculous. I spent $32 for 2 hot dogs, a single serving of chips, a roasted veggie and hummus sandwich (with no visible hummus) and 1 bottle of water. My cousin spent around 50 for a ham sandwich, 3 boxes of combos of crackers, cheese and veggies and a drink. We should have gone to the museum of the American Indian for lunch instead - I was told their food is really good and I can't imagine it would be much more than we paid for the food we got at air and space. The museum of the American Indian had lots of great exhibits, so head over there after Air and Space. Both are free.
Written January 6, 2020
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jayrovi22
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I have been here before when i was younger and remember enjoying it. this year i wish my wife and i would have skipped it. once you enter you realize that half the museum is closed off and that leaves you a kids area and a basic rocket/satellite exhibit. they have an imax theatre available if you want to pay as well as dave and buster style flight simulators. really came here to see some planes and other stuff but we were extremely disappointed in what they had to offer. walked through the whole museum and ate lunch within 30 min and went to the natural history museum which was awesome and what we expect from a Smithsonian museum. if you have time and kids you might would consider it, if not skip it. You aren't missing anything special in my opinion.
Written February 15, 2020
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Colin B
Eton Wick, UK11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
In Washington DC for the Christmas holiday period and went to most of the museums, unfortunately the air and space museum is a bit of a let down as large parts of it are closed for refurbishment not sure when fully open. However the queues are extensive for security searches. (tip if you can survive without a bag/rucksack you can move to the front of the queue). Kids are going to love it as there are simulators to try (at a cost)
but all in all not up to much.
Written January 15, 2020
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dave c
Silver Spring, MD24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
A ton of covis restrictions in pace right now but the pre ticketing process makes getting in and enjoying the museum easier. So much for everyone to enjoy. When restrictions are removed be sure to check out the Imax and flight simulation.
Written September 4, 2020
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Carlos Salim
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
An aviation extraordinaire! There were so many different things that you could do in this museum from going inside a real NASA spacecraft to eating astronaut ice cream. This was truly an experience that I will never forget. It was also very crowded so try to get in as early as possible.
Written January 10, 2020
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Andrew N
Hendersonville, NC169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Although some of the museum was closed due to renovations there was still a lot to see. The planterium was cool. There was a variety of planes, some of which you could go in. They had Neil Armstrong's space suit, a Mars Rover and an X Wing from Star Wars. Timed entry tickets were required and the line to get in for those who ordered tickets in advance starts behind the cone on the ramp to the left of the main entrance door, not at the door. There is no signage to indicate this. We were lined up at the front door until an employee came by to tell us we needed to be in the other line. Our tickets were for 10:00 and by the time they opened the doors people were lined up down the block & around the building.
Written December 31, 2022
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UKM12
Llanfaethlu, UK154 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Give it a miss whilst the renovations are ongoing! Only a few exhibits open. Toilets were in an absolute disgusting state. The café was awful. Poor traffic concept, poor selection and very expensive ($60 for two!!!). Eat elsewhere and best give the whole museum a miss until they finish renovations (good exhibits when fully open). WiFi available.
Written February 21, 2020
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karis777
Chattanooga, TN10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
They are renovating one half of the museum so one entrance is closed. That left only one entrance for everyone to get in. We got there right at 10:00 and still had to wait an hour, in the rain, to get in. So, get there extra early to avoid waiting in a super long line. Also, we have no idea if we missed any of the exhibits due to the renovation. There was still a ton to see so maybe they moved it all to the open side. One of the staff told my husband that it was going to be about a 4 year project- work on one half then work on the other, so expect one entrance to be closed for a long time.
Written January 6, 2020
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sayles033
Misawa, Japan140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Although undergoing refurbishment the museum offers quite a varied degree of exhibits. We lucked out and joined a NASA engineer discussing inter-planetary research so that was an added bonus. I highly recommend this venue for anyone with an interest in any aspect of aviation.
Written March 12, 2020
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Subroto M
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The most wonderful thing about the National Air and Space Museum is that it has ever changing displays. This time they had displays of the life of Orville and Wilbur Wright.

The Wright brothers were the pioneers of aviation and they looked like normal people that wore suit and ties. They embodied the spirit of America in the best sense of the word. They were independent, brash, with scientific minds and far reaching goals in aviation, engineering and photography. You get to see them and their inventions in fantastic detail. My friend from Sri Lanka was absolutely delighted to see this.

Other exhibits that delighted me and my friend was the display of the Sputnik (the first satellite to be sent to outer space). You get to see the actual size and shape of it. I was hoping it would say CCCP on it but it did not.

But the exhibit that delights everyone is of course walking through Skylab. You get to see up close the stuff that astronauts did and it is rather remarkable. There are other exhibits but these are only some of the things that completely make it worth your while.

For me touching the moon rock was not very interesting but you can see children and others being absolutely delighted to do this.

Please do take the time to go and enjoy yourselves. Yes they do search you so come only wearing a smartphone and regular clothing. Anything else will just delay you and others.
Written January 28, 2020
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