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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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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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a month is a long time to travel for, we saw far too many museums. This one stands out as the best. Smithsonian have so many different options that there is a museum for everyone... read more

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Dayton, Ohio
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

It was difficult to see many of the exhibits because there were so many other people there. Our kids were disappointed that there were not a lot of hands on exhibits. Many of the other museums are more kid-friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

a month is a long time to travel for, we saw far too many museums. This one stands out as the best. Smithsonian have so many different options that there is a museum for everyone, if you like space, or air travel this one is for you. Make sure you do the flight simulators, some of the most fun I've... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everything was great. My son was constantly with his mouth open for the excitment! The highlight of the museum is the space - nasa sector.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excited to check off from my bucket list. Enjoyed the free exhibits but the IMAX Theaters were extremely overpriced and not worth it.

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Winchester, KY, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The most popular museum, so quite crowded. Seeing the Spirit of St Louis, the original Wright Flyer, Apollo 11 and Mercury capsules- what an experience in history. Highest recommendation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Free! lots to see. Crowds were huge but it was July 3rd. I really enjoyed all the space exhibits. Many plan but outs and walk though of old time airliner. Even quickly walking through takes over an hour.

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Thank Michael R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Air and Space museum is the best ever, aside from large crowds it's the most amazing museum I've ever seen. I saw the actual starship enterprise and the moonrock. So many exhibits you could spend all day in there!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tons of exhibits and it's all free. There are several rooms full of history and some simulators. Planes from WWII along with several items from NASA. Very interesting and worth the time for a walk through

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great set-up and lots to see, we spent at least 6 hours there! Would recommend setting aside a whole day for it! Only gripe was that it only opens at 10am.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We arrived early to avoid the crowds, but I really don't think it's possible. Nevertheless, this museum is unmissable if you are at all interested in innovation. The presence of the Wright flyer and the Hubble telescope in close proximity to one another provides a reminder of our power to change the world - and expand knowledge - through persistent,... More 

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