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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Address: 6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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+1 202-633-1000
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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
Fee: No
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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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Very fun, but REALLY crowded

My family and I went to the museum and had a blast!! My wife wasn't as in to the trip originally, but once she got inside she was very impressed. Our son has always had an... read more

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Waldorf, Maryland
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79 reviews
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Reviewed today NEW via mobile

My family and I went to the museum and had a blast!! My wife wasn't as in to the trip originally, but once she got inside she was very impressed. Our son has always had an interest in airplanes and this sparked it even more. I'm assuming if you have a child of any age, this will do the same.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited over memorial day weekend, was over crowded and lines were long to get in. Inside the floors were dirty, trash cans overflowing and exhibits were in need of a good dusting...could literally see piles of dust through the glass. Exhibits could use updating and I was unhappily surprised with the large number of reproductions and not historical items. Still... More 

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Thank DAC797
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I am not a fan of airplanes but I have to admit that this museum is very entertaining! There are great (and real) pieces of air and space history. You will see the real space cabin that went to the moon! It's super interesting!

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Thank Delphsan
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walking in the Air and Space Museum is incredible. To see the Spirit of St. Lewis and spacecraft hanging overhead is amazing. I visited in May with it seems like a million school children, so it was hard to navigate the museum. I had done my research and knew exactly what I wanted to see, which helped a lot. The... More 

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Thank Lori R
Piracicaba, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Go there to see the pioneers of aviation and space exploration! The Wright Flyer, Apollo XI, historic planes, learning and historic facts!

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Thank Murilo P
Stuttgart, Germany
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This Museum is fantastic. You can walk through the different times of air- and spacecrafts. One room shows the early stage of flying and has a huge model of a wooden aircraft inside. In another one you can see a spacecraft and it is explained how space missions work and space stations. A lot of interactive stuff to explore in... More 

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Thank Carol R
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was lots of fun and is a real treat for Air and Space nerds. It's a huge museum and you'd need more than 2 hours to see it properly. The exhibits cover a huge period of time, and it was really interesting to see the evolution of aircraft since their invention. There are models of both commercial and... More 

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Thank Vincent S
Portarlington, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have an interest in science and the same fascination with airplanes and space that most men seem to have but this was a superlative exhibition of air and space history. Go early to avoid the queues.

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danbury,ct
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am a serious aviation history buff and recently went for 4th visit since it opened years ago. The exhibits are of course the sinew and bone of aviation history including recent additions suspended overhead. BUT....actual aircraft have been pushed aside by experience theaters and youth oriented touchy feely. Great for the experience except for the very crowded herd atmosphere.... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I try to visit this museum every year and it never disappoints. Great for families and small children. There is so much to see and experience. The moon landing exhibits are amazing.

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