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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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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers'...

The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

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wonderful from 5 to 90 years!

So many things to see and to learn. We take for granted all the progress that these wonderful silent scientists have been giving to us over the last 40 years!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dania Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So many things to see and to learn. We take for granted all the progress that these wonderful silent scientists have been giving to us over the last 40 years!!

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Thank mamagolf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great relaxing day looking at early planes and up to current planes. I liked to U2 flown and downed years ago. Also the Challenger. Wow!!!!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great Museum with a great collection. Could use better food options! Wish we would have taken more time to truely explore it. Being the middle of summer tourist season and this is the most popular museum, it was very crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You could spend a day at Air and Space and still not cover everything. But there is something for everybody -planes and rockets and missiles, exhibits around themes - I did time and navigation and black pilots in the second world war, both presented really well. There are videos, exhibits, information. Criticisms - inevitably with thousands of people visiting every... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place has some incredible things, even a learning area designed specifically for kids. But it is so crowded that it is really difficult to enjoy it and really soak up the information. Try to go when it's not peak hours or peak season!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The museum was ok, but seemed to be lacking comparing to the other museums. Many of the exhibits were replicas and not all that impressive. It was extremely crowded, so it was a bit difficult to take any time to see anything, since you felt you were being pushed through by the crowds. I wouldn't make it a must see... More 

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Goulburn, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent. We went to a lot of the museums while in Washington DC and all were excellent. The only point for improvement would be that they were a little more like "show and tell" exhibits rather than exhibitions that also gave out heaps of in depth scientific or technical info. This particular museum was of significant interest to me and... More 

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Thank Simon M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum has to be one of the best in the country, especially considering it's free. The sheer range of exhibits, from the inception of flight right up to modern space exploration such as the Curiosity Mars rover, they have it all. A must see for everyone with even a passing interest in space and flight.

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the NASM in June. We got there just as it opened at 10 and could have easily spent the whole day there. If you have any interest in the history of flight this is a must-see destination. A few tips. One, it's always crowded in summer, and that makes it hard to see everything you want to see.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love this place, great collection of unique items (Apollo 11 command modules, the Wright Flyer, a U-2, etc.). Be aware of the time, staff gets very pushy and belligerent when closing time hits (we didn't experience this at the other Smithsonian museums we 'closed' during our trip).

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