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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:
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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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It's a fun place to spend a day and learn a BIT about our space program. If pales in comparison to NASA at Kennedy. But gives you a working taste of knowledge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a fun place to spend a day and learn a BIT about our space program. If pales in comparison to NASA at Kennedy. But gives you a working taste of knowledge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For me, a trip to DC is not complete without a trip to the Air & Space museum. The displays are all well presented and informative. Always something new to see and learn. Do some research to find the best days/times to visit to avoid the worst of the crowds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is bucket list material, and I was amazed with this place. If you love all things air and space this is the place for you!! No entry fee, only a donation. Very interactive and great for kids and big kids alike. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really loved this museum. Free and filled to the roof (literally) with mouth dropping exhibits. Don't miss Amelia Earhart and the Wright Brothers.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This remains one of the premiere museums in Washington, but it is one of the older ones and it shows. The multi-media in the exhibits are old tech and the building could use a paint job. That said, it's the perfect place to take kids and adults will have fun, too. Fascinating exhibits including space travel, airplanes, and war planes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Informative and entertaining visit to the museum. The information desk was great! We came by metro and found our way around pretty easily. IMAX tickets are a little pricy, but it's hard to complain considering the museum is free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Since my last visit here in 2012 the setup of the space department has changed significantly. Of course I was a bit disappointed not to see the Apollo 11 capsule again, but the new displays provide a much better level of information and logic sequence to learn about space operations history, not only by USA but also by USSR. So... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An excellent museum full of history and inspiration. Be sure sure to take the buss to the second site near the airport as this site is not to be missed . The space shuttle discovery and Enola Gay can be seen here

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most iconic and superb museums in Washington (and beyond) and a must for all people who love airplanes, space missions and technology! The museum is free but I would recommend a guided tour ... it was very informative and personalized. Tip: become a member of the aerospace society and you receive a VIP tour for free. Don't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For the ones who enjoy aviation and air space experience for sure this museum is amazing. Rich information in relation to aviation and air space history.

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