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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: 6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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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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Rockets, airplanes and spacecrafts

The National Air and Space Museum is a must do while visiting Washington D.C. Like most of the museums in DC, it is free, but get there early as lines do get quite long.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 25, 2016
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Grand Turk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

The National Air and Space Museum is a must do while visiting Washington D.C. Like most of the museums in DC, it is free, but get there early as lines do get quite long.

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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Amazingly free museum in D.C. Takes us from the Wright brothers through space travel with many hands on exhibits. My son was entertained for hours as a nine year old. A bummer was the attached McDonalds but we just stayed clear. Lots of huge air ships and a real moon rock to touch!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

I hooked up with a terrific guide, an older lady who knew everything. Unfortunately I don't know her name. I believe she is a retired attorney. She made everything come alive. It is a fabulous place!

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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

It was a rainy day so we decided to spend it at the air and space museum. We added tickets to the DDAY movie narrated by Tom Brokaw. It was moving without being overly emotional. It was very comprehensive - I certainly learned a lot!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Grandkids loved seeing the planes, rockets, etc. and especially liked the hands on experience of being able to walk through some of them.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Just loved it. Take your time and take plenty of photos. Kids would looooove it. Be prepared to spend few hours there. And more importantly, it's free of charge. Gosh, I love this city :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

My husband had pure interest here due to his career with the Air Force and Lockheed Martin. I was able to enjoy his excitement seeing the projects he has worked on. From young children to Seniors, this is the stop for you!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see attraction in DC and it's FREE. From flying infancy to rocket journey beyond the moon - what a marvellous mind boggling experience. The Weight brothers got it right! The flight simulator was just 8 bucks too short but the photographs to prove your flight is extortionately priced at 20 USD - no thank you! One... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

My son confused this museum with the one by Dulles airport, both of which we had been to before. It also belongs to the Smithsonian museums, but is MUCH bigger. He thought we were going to the bigger one, and was disappointed when we got there. He did like the lunar module which is in the entrance area. We went... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

I loved the area for space lovers! Udvar-Hazy had better aircrafts for aviation fans. Kinda crowded.

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