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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This place is truly amazing. As a person with an average interest in aviation, I was taken by the sheer size of the place. The collection is astounding, with a list of planes that reads like a history book.

This is worth the drive, heck, it's worth walking to from DC if you have to.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I enjoyed that museum but unfortunately, I could only stay 3 hours, I wish I had the whole day. There are so much things to see in that location; the SR-71 blackbird, Space Shuttle Discovery, Concorde, the Enola Gay and many many more planes, helicopters and space artifacts. The museum is free except to pay $15.00 for parking which is nothing. The greatest museum I have ever visited. A must go.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Standing in front of Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb, and listening to the hair rising commentary as to how it went down or literally standing next to the shuttle Discovery or actually looking at the Wright Brothers’ Glider where it all began and it gets better when your two little ones standing next to you and in absolutely awe. Well not really but until they see the plane with the shark face and the chajkis at the souvenir store.

My ones actually got excited when they saw Amelia Earhart’s uniform and pictures and they related with the Night at the Museum movie. That’s when the adventure started. Then we hopped around space rides and exhibits and finally to the Tower. We’re able to see the fastest plane Lockheed Black Bird which looked like a smaller version of the Stealth Fighter. We’ve also had the opportunity to see Concorde and many other exhibits. Souvenir store was good, it was a very good and well maintained place to visit. We’ve enjoyed it, loved it, it reminded us of what a Great Country we live in, and we will cherish it for a long time to come. We hope you and yours do the same.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Even though this museum is not in Washington DC, it should be on everyone's to do list. The entire museum is inside and great to visit if it is raining (or snowing) or super hot or cold.
The museum is free, but you have to pay $15 for parking and plan to spend at least half a day to see everything. We drove in from Bethesda Maryland and it took us about 35 mins to get to.
The highlights are the Discovery Space Shuttle, the Concord, the Enola Gay and the Blackbird spy plane.
My 12 year old son loved this aviation museum, as did my wife. This is one of two parts of the National Air and Space Museum, the other being part of the National Mall in Washington DC and all three of us thought this part of the museum was more emotional and more powerful than DC part of the museum.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Udvar-Hazy was obviously a man of vision if he funded this cathedral dedicated to aviation. Want to see the Space Shuttle and the new wing they added to accommodate it? Ask a docent a question and they'll answer your most technical questions and show you what they mean with their handy iPads. Want to see the Enola Gay? It's here! Japanese zeros? The first helicopter? (Hint: it's so incredibly dangerous it gave me nightmares after the docent explained it.) It's here too, along with every plane your uncle and great uncle ever flew in every foreign war you can think of. Want to see some air-to-air missiles? BINGO. Very cool. If you have a boy, or boys and you don't visit this museum, you've missed out and so have they. Easy parking, there is a large McDonalds inside for "refreshments". DO NOT MISS the IMAX theatre. We saw Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag - a 3D movie about Western air forces' scrimmaging to test their pilots, communications and nerves. Think video game but in reality (and very, very expensive in reality :-) ). Impressive in 3D. Clean, cool theatre and a very clean, well organized museum with many helpful free tours by knowledgeable and entertaining docents. Give yourself about 4 hours for the whole shebang: Museum, IMAX, "refreshments" and the Space Shuttle (in the museum but in the space wing). Don't be afraid to ask questions, the docents seem to thrive on answering your questions. If you only want to see the museum, 2 hours should be plenty of time.

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