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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: +1 202-633-1000
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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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Much to see and learn here. The staff at the info center were very friendly and helpful. Their guided tours are 90 minutes long but I opted to wander on my own. I enjoyed the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Much to see and learn here. The staff at the info center were very friendly and helpful. Their guided tours are 90 minutes long but I opted to wander on my own. I enjoyed the sections on space travel, World Wars and the pioneers of flight. Very informative and interesting. Spent just over an hour at the museum on my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I must say im not real big on museums but this one is at the top for me. It has planes, missles, and shuttle pieces everywhere. Great for kids and simple people like myself. There is a lot to learn here as well, great information available.

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Sanford, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You cant miss this free museum if your going to be anywhere in the area. Dont think you can just visit and see all the museums in one day. It takes at least half a day to thoroughly go through all there is to see here. There is also some overpriced fast food at the one end so no need... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had visited twice in the past but it still is a great thrill to see these famous machines Since the attraction is free, the museum can get crowded but most of the large exhibits are suspended off of the ground.

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Thank Todd M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a good thing they have a super efficient McDonalds connected to the museum. You don't want to waste any time eating. Go grab a quick bite, yes unhealthy, but quick. Then spend all your time in the fabulous exhibits that explains the history of air travel. Educate yourself about Space and the Universe. Purchase a Glow in the Dark... More 

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Kingston, Jamaica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's pretty hard to walk past a space museum, especially if you are named after Neil Armstrong. Inside is amazing, the details of the crafts and the documentaries that you see at every step is just phenomenal. I took my breath away upon entering (free of cost) and you do get the opportunity to learn everthing about aviation... even the... More 

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Houthalen, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one museum you should definitely see. Like the others, its free and one of the best. The spirit of St Louis, Apollo rockets, old jet planes and lots of other stuff.

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Roseland, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Anytime we take friends with kids or our kids into DC we're sure to visit this museum. There is just enough exhibits to see to spend a couple of hours in.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a few hours in here, but I'd still go back to see it all again. The displays, planes, rockets, and space capsules are fantastic. Great to see new and old military aircraft up close. If you only have time for one museum while in DC, I'd recommend this one. Next time I'm in DC I'll visit it again.

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm not huge into aviation, but I love outer space. This museum is an excellent space to let your childhood soar and enjoy the intricacies of an engine to the magnitude of a rocket.

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