Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center
Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Hundreds of aircraft and spacecraft are on display in two massive hangars, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, and the Space Shuttle Discovery.
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  • teknoge3k
    Rocky Mount, Virginia1,595 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    This museum is fantastic. We prefer this air & space museum MUCH more than the one located in DC. We took the Metro from our hotel in DC to Innovation Center on the silver line, got off and took the Fairfax Connector directly to the Udvar-Hazy Center. The museum is massive with loads of amazing aircraft including the Discovery space shuttle, the Enola Gay as well as other interesting aircraft. I highly recommend this museum! (Skip the Shake Shack inside for lunch though, it's horrible!)
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 20, 2023
  • TravelerG8
    486 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Air Museum
    Great choice for a free air museum near Washington Dulles. Wasn't aware it was here until our DC tour guide suggested it when the DC Air & Space Museum was sold out of entry tickets during spring great. Impressive collection of aircraft and well worth your time to visit. We will definitely visit again.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Jerry W
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    My wife and I visited this large museum which is part of the Smithsonian in April 2023. We spent more than five hours in the museum. It contains numerous historical air and space craft including the space shuttle Discovery, an SR71 Blackbird, a Concord, and the Enola Gay. Be sure to take the tour which was free and very informative. We also watched an IMAX movie. You can also overlook the area where historical aircraft are rebuilt. For a charge you can fly a flight simulator which seemed to be a great attraction for young people and you can take your picture in a piper cub. A Shake Shack is on the premises for fast meals. There is no cost to enter the museum BUT there is a $15.00 Charge for parking
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 2, 2023
  • John L
    Fairfield, Connecticut444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    This is an amazing collection of air and space exhibits -- crop dusters to missiles. The huge facility is well planned and easy to navigate. Excellent signage for the exhibits and helpful docents. Only downside is that the location is 40 minutes outside DC so a visit is a time commitment.
    Visited March 2023
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Evil_E207
    417 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See For Any Aviation Lover
    One of the better air museums around! The exhibits are meticulously restored to the way they originally were. Can't beat seeing the SR-71, Enola Gay, and all. Definitely a must see!
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Equitecnoc
    Zurich, Switzerland149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply the best.
    I did. had a few hours layover to spend at Dulles Airport. With no doubt, this was the best layover hours spend at an “airport”. This museum tops it all from all the air and space museums in the world. End of story.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 13, 2023
  • dbinhou7511
    Houston, Texas1,656 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go see this part of the Air and Space Museum!
    Auxiliary Air and Space Museum packed with aircraft and other artifacts. Restoration goes on in a hanger in a (viewable) hanger in the back. Items include: space shuttle Discovery, B-29 Enola Gay, X-1 Glamorous Glennis, SR-71, mother ship model from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and many many more from the beginning of aviation to present day. A must see. Dislike that they charge for parking Plan on spending lots of time here.
    Visited March 2023
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Sarah Merly
    Purcellville, Virginia139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A taste of the Air and Space Museum—but in Northern Virginia!
    I visited this museum with my best friend in June, and it was such a lovely experience! Definitely not meant to replace the National Air and Space Museum over in D.C., but it's certainly a worthy supplement. Please note that you will have to pay $15 per car, though.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 10, 2023
  • drccds
    98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place delivers the goods
    With the Air & Space Museum in DC mostly close for renovation these days I was hoping this one would pick up the slack. It sure did. I'd heard it was great but it was even better than I'd hoped. Filled to the brim with rare and notable aircraft, including a space shuttle, it would be hard to think of much this museum lacks. Everywhere you turn there is another rare aircraft. The Bell X-1, The Concorde, Wright Brothers, Enola Gay, the aforementioned Space Shuttle and so many, many more. It is all expertly presented, as well. A few notes for visitors: There is a Shake Shack inside the place, which is handy. It costs $15 to park which is high and you really have no choice. The Google Maps for this place sent me (and a lot of other people) to the employee entrance, which is no where near where we needed to go. They need to figure that out.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Mili821
    Mumbai, India221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a museum!!
    A must visit place for all age groups. Its unimaginable the number and types of aircrafts that were there and its rich history. The space section was at its best! The whole experience was quite unique and wonderful. Half a day is sufficient for this place.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
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Av8trx90277
Redondo Beach, CA82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We were a mixture of two non-pilots and one avid pilot and aerospace lover (me) who visited together, first time for all of us and all agreed that it’s a beautiful, impactful, important museum. We spent over 3 hours and dug into the exhibits, then spent a lot of time sharing memories and impressions at home. But there are glaring problems that need to be fixed for such a prominent and important museum. The informational signage is so weak and thin. Very few aircraft even have identification. Some really important features aren’t even mentioned. We rented audio guides that don’t add very much and those aren’t in any special order. There are only maybe 25 items covered by the audio guide. This museum has hundreds of volunteers and docents who are extremely knowledgeable, cant someone dig up the money to create more information? Last gripe Is food. McDonald’s really? It was a slow Sunday at 1:30 and they have a line of about 50 people waiting to get their burgers order called by a soft voice in a really noisy space. One friend is vegetarian and couldn’t find a single thing to eat, not even a candy bar. They can do better.
Written February 15, 2020
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Chris L
Niles, MI788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This Smithsonian museum has some "anchors" that include the Concorde, the Discovery space shuttle, the Enola Gay and the SR-71 Blackbird. But intermingled with these larger-than-life objects are small planes and helicopters and prototypes and gondolas and rockets, etc, etc. Even some planes from Nazi Germany. The displays are impressive with good identifying information about them posted and easy to read. A catwalk allows a different view and an elevator can take you to the elevated walkway if stairs are a problem. A nice gift shop is located near the entrance/exit. The admission is free, but you will have a $15 parking fee payable at a kiosk near the entrance. Expect to spend some time here.
Written January 25, 2020
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HolgerG909
Dubai, United Arab Emirates488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The prime focus of the museum is aircraft that played an important role in aviation, like the famous SR-71, B29 Enola Gay, Concorde, the first B707 "Dash 80", Space Shuttle Discovery, to name a few.
There are special exhibitions, at the moment it's rare German WW2 aircraft.
A really enjoyable experience. Free entrance, visitors need to pre register through the website for a specific time slot.
Written June 13, 2021
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dreamergirl4686
South Salem, NY350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
There are many different planes to see throughout the entire museum. The center is large and the floors are very hard, so bring shoes that are comfortable. After walking around for an hour your feet start to feel it. There are many interesting nooks and crannies to explore, such as the area you can watch restorations of planes. The tower is also a must see to watch the planes take off and land at IAD. Consider going on Sunday's after 4 pm since the parking is free then.
Written January 15, 2020
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630clem
Gettysburg, PA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Age is no barrier this place is fantastic for young and old alike. To much to see and to much to do to list it all. Kids to Grand parents will enjoy the day or a few hours at one of our country's finest museums.
Written February 11, 2020
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MCKD20
Dublin, Ireland146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We had a few hours to spare before flying out of Dulles Airport so we decided to check out this place. Bus 983 runs every 20 minutes between IAD and the museum and only takes 10 minutes to get you there. Although the bus costs $2 each way, the museum has free admission and is very amusing. We loved seeing the Concorde and Space Shuttle Discovery particularly. The only annoying part was the thorough search of our suitcases as we entered the museum - since we were leaving them in the lockers provided, we found the messy inspection to be quite unnecessary. Apart from that, the place is great - the ideal thing to do if you have a long layover at Dulles.
Written January 27, 2022
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BoyMom4ever
Leesburg, VA132 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This museum is wonderful and we have been several times. Now that my son is 4 however, it’s not engaging for kids 5 and under. It’s a museum. Meaning you look at stuff. That’s it. The only engaging thing is to ride the airplane, but it’s a half hour wait or more, for a one minute experience. They had storytime for little kids and a coloring activity after. However, a lot of the kids lost interest because you couldn’t hear the man telling the story. A simple microphone would have helped wonders. I also believe there should be people in costume walking around; like robots and space people. My 4 yr old wanted to climb in the planes and the spacecrafts. Can you blame him? How fun would it be if there was a blow up space craft that kids could climb in. You could even charge families! It’s boring for kids my sons age because it’s not engaging. All you do is walk around and see airplanes. I also think there should be another choice of restaurant besides McDonald’s. With just a few improvements, you would see even more families with kids under 5.
Written January 21, 2020
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lorrieb543
Houston, TX57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This museum is free (except for parking!), It is among my favorites in the entire world. You are literally in an airplane hangar surrounded on all side by planes, engines, rockets, helicopters, you name it! You can also go up to an observation tower that makes you feel as if you were in the Control Tower. Your visit involves a lot of walking, but everything is handicapped accessible. I was fortunate enough to go with my son, an aeronautical engineer, so I got a lot of information from him that I really enjoyed. The museum does offer guided tours, so take advantage of that if you can. My favorite part was the workshop where you can see people actually working to restore planes. There are also IMAX type movies, but we did not go to that part. If you go, arrive early, before there are a lot of people and you can enjoy the immensity of the place without distraction. There is also a McDonald's on site because you will be hungry when you finish the visit. And, of course, a gift shop.
Written January 22, 2020
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Chris P
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A friend of a friend told us about this place - we had no idea it existed and were so pleasantly surprised. We went on a nice Sunday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded and so many great planes to see. Lots of history here - my 10 year old was just enthralled by so many of the planes and facts about them. Free entrance but parking is 15 bucks.
Written February 3, 2020
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shields1954
Tuscaloosa, AL252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
I like this spot better than the Smothsonian Air and Space Museum downtown. It is larger so I could move around. A huge display of flying machines ranging from the Enola Gray to the Discovery shuttle. Early planes are at eye level and above. I recommend this spot for all ages. Our group was grandparents, parents, and a 7 year old. Everyone was happy. Make a reservation as they are controlling the number of visitors entering at a time.
Written September 27, 2020
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