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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Address: 6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202-633-1000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Sooooo much to see. Very crowded so patience is needed and lots of time if you plan to see it all. I believe it's the most visited location of them all so plan ahead.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was really crowded when we visited, but I loved seeing all the planes and the history of flight. The lunar module was really cool. This is definitely a museum for young explorers. The massive gift shop will suck you in, it was hard for us to stop buying planes for my son. But, again, it was just too crowded... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Sooooo much to see. Very crowded so patience is needed and lots of time if you plan to see it all. I believe it's the most visited location of them all so plan ahead.

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Detroit, Michigan
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of interesting and historical displays of various space programs. Entry is free but there are fees for the movies and the flight simulators. Plan on at least 2 hours. This museum can get very busy so plan on visiting first thing in the morning when the museum opens.

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Billings, MT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National air & Space Museum is a place where you can see some of the actual vehicles that made history. The Bell X-1 that Chuck Yeager flew to brake the sound barrier, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, Charles Lindberg's Spirit of St. Louis.....aaaaand many more. If you are a hardcore aviation fan...then arrange a tour of the Steven... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was my 2nd visit to this museum, and I thought it was great! Family-friendly place to visit (for FREE) which is always great. You could spend 30 minutes or 8 hours walking around - depending how much you want to see. Activities for kids, gift shops, large space ships to check out, lots of photo-ops, very educational while being... More 

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Davidson, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a fighter pilot for 14 yrs & an Airline Captain for 27 yrs& owning 4 planes from a Russian fighter trainer to a motor glider I feel my endorsement is correct.D0 NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND SEVERAL HOURS THERE !

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went on Saturday, July 21, at 12:45 pm. The line appeared to be long, and I wasn't excited about standing for what I thought was going to be 30 minutes. But it actually on took about 8 minutes to get through the security. Once inside, it's crowded, crowded, crowded. But it's July in DC at one of the most... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see for a visor to Washington, DC. Not only it's free, like all the other Smithsonian institutions, but it offers a great selection of all things flying. The exhibits take you from the early days of flying machines, thru space exploration to military drones. Come in the morning to avoid long lines.

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Pickering, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is free admission & the exhibits were awesome. It was very busy the day I was there and they had a small line up for security before getting into the museum. Most of the museums in DC are quite large so plan accordingly to have time to enjoy.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great museum that you could spend all day in. A ton of history! Planes from WWII along with several items from NASA. Interesting and worth taking the time to visit. Plus, it's free.

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