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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: 2026331000
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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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Intresting and free but small

Like allbof DC smithsonian museums, this one is interesting, free but small. Collection is limited, and you can really see everything interesting in half a day. The local free... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Rehovothh
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Like allbof DC smithsonian museums, this one is interesting, free but small. Collection is limited, and you can really see everything interesting in half a day. The local free highlights tour is excellent, our guide was informative and engaging.

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Lochristi, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved this museum best as it gives a great view of the history of flight from the pioneers to space. the museum is vast, but broken in to small different areas so you can visit what you like first. Wanted to do the Imax theater, but it was not open on the day we were all there.

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Chicago Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My son loves the "active" museums so much more than the ones you can "look" at instead. But - some of the items shown and housed here are spectacular. You can spend a few days and not see every detail. The design of the building seemed a bit strange by the different walkways and congested corridors. The exhibits themselves are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spent several hour at this museum last weekend. There is so much to see every corner of the space is filled with one surprise after another. If you are interested in space or air travel I would recommend dedicating a full day to explore it all.

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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been to this museum on 3 trips to Washington DC and always see something different. The displays are well organized with great explanations about the history of each object. It can get very crowded, so take your patience with you. If you go in May, beware of school trips visiting during that time. Crowds are lighter in the... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a big museum with lots of real size aircraft and spacecraft. With description and history of development it lets understand how we reached present day of aviation and space science. For children it is very good source of knowledge and entertainment.

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is such a great museum. My family and I really enjoyed our visit. There was so much to see and it was really interesting. The staff were friendly and helpful too. Definitely worth a visit.

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ATL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our 9 & 11 yr old didnt LOVE everything inside but definitely hit their interest with the Wright brothers exhibit, iMax theatre & the flight Similator!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Called in after a long weekend in DC on the way back to NC (before going home to the UK!). Had already been told it was well worth a visit but what an excellent experience this was. Just so much to see covering such a long period of aviation history. The view from the observation deck is spectacular. Highly recommend... More 

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the most attractive places to spend perfect leisure time with family and browse the aviation and space history

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