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“Dated? There's so much to see here”

National Air and Space Museum
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Private Guided Tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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Private Smithsonian Combo Tour: Museum of American History, Air and Space Museum
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Small Group Tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

As with all the Smithsonians I visited, it's huge. I spent 3 hours here with the intention of leaving after an hour. You could easily spend days.

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Reviewed September 13, 2010

This was on the top of our list of museums to see in D.C. Could not help but see how dated and worn this musueum was. With all of the modern technology in the air and space field, there has been no update to any displays. We had much higher hopes and left disappointed. Still worth checking out, but don't get your hopes up.

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Reviewed September 5, 2010

The National Air and Space Museum is well worth a few hours of your time. Be sure to go early as by the time we were leaving at 3pm there were queues to get in and the exhibits were becoming very busy. The museum is split into 2 sections Air and Space. In the air section there was an exhibit charting passenger aviation through it's orgin to rpesent day which was fascinating. They had lots of the old stewardess uniforms on display and it was interesting to see how these have changed over time. There is a display for WW2 which the men in our group loved and another dedicated to the earlier war. The Wright Brothers exhibit is also worth a vist. On the space side we found this much busier but in the far corner upstairs is a gallery with lots of planetary pictures taken from various fly by's and looking back at earth -This was a hidden gem and my highlight. The photos are just stunning. Also in the space section is the Apollo expeditions - visit early as this was very popular. We didn't visit the imax shows due to time but these looked poular too.
The only let down at this museum is the cafe, it's a huge mcdonalds but beware once you have queued up to buy and collect your food that if you choose a smoothie you then have to go to the back of the restaurant and queue again to receive it (all the while your food is getting cold).

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Reviewed August 31, 2010

The Air & Space Museum is a must see (we were even told by a tour guide of DC that it is the most visited Smithsonian in DC) Because of that it can be very busy! We would suggest going as early in the morning as possible. However, if you do end up going in the middle of the day & there is a long line out the "front" (the side that faces the Mall) just walk around the back & take the "back" entrance on Independence & you'll walk right in.
There were a lot of people in the museum when we were there in late afternoon but it wasn't anything too crazy, we got to see what we wanted. We paid extra money to see the "video" on black holes, it probably wasn't worth it but it was nice to sit down!

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Reviewed August 6, 2010

Great site to see. Entry is free however expect to pay about $30 for a day of parking. Eat before u go since vendor food outside the museum is very costly. Hotel rates in DC seems to be less on weekends.

1  Thank dexter67
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