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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: 6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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2026331000
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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
Fee: No
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The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers'...

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Cool history of flight and navigation

Reasonably sized museum. I generally have the patience for an hour or 2 at a museum. Generally this was about the right size for that. Of course you could stay longer but the less... read more

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Reasonably sized museum. I generally have the patience for an hour or 2 at a museum. Generally this was about the right size for that. Of course you could stay longer but the less than 2 hour mark was just fine for me. Cool stuff to see in person.

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Medellin, Colombia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One can spend here many hours. Many days even. You are overwhelmed by all the items they got here . Rockets and missiles. Even Russian missiles , the SS20 is there . But also the aircraft of Charles Lindbergh . Entry is free , like all governmental museums . Worthwhile making a visit .

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Norwood,MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great collection, but you must go out to chantilly VA near Dulles Airport to see the much bigger Air and Space museum there.

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For those of you who steer clear of museums, I suggest you rethink this one. Massive airplanes hanging over your head, who doesn't get fascinated by air flight. A total surprise!

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Leonia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lot's to see, lots to do. Staff is friendly and helpful. Great displays, and stories about our fascination with flight and space travel. If you have the bug a great place to spend a few hours learning more than you thought you may have known.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is lots to see, but I expected more. It was very crowded and loud as expected for a family location. Good exhibits, but the larger craft are at a separate track location.

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We dont have children but i would have loved to go here when i was a child haha. The museum is free of charge with many things to see, learn and do

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So many amazing exhibits and we didn't really scrape the surface. We visited the why things fly room which was great for kids, interactive yet informative. And all for free!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think young kids and old men will find this place the most interesting. I got bored after an hour or so as it seems very repetitive, and I have visited before. I do highly recommend paying to see an IMAX movie in the Planetarium - my small kids enjoyed it as did my husband and I. Also, if you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As with almost all the museums in DC this was alot of fun and we're glad we went. Udvar-Hazy is bigger and more impressive, but this is a nice one too.

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