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“While Planes are 'Not My Thing' This Was a Fascinating Place to Visit”

Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Chantilly
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

No admission, but a hefty parking fee, this is a wonderful place to spend an hour or two, especially if you have kids (or adults) interested in space and air transportation. It is well organized and includes a variety of planes from early to modern, domestic to foreign as well as an interesting section on space exploration. The 'Discovery' space shuttle is located here as well as a number of rockets, simulation space rides, a air traffic control discovery area, and an elevated panoramic view of the DC area.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Just like Air and Space in downtown DC, there is lots to see: on the ground and hanging from the ceiling. The Space Shuttle is a big hit (larger than expected). Exhibits cover all areas of air travel: Commercial, Defense, "for fun". Control tower is wonderful; watch planes land at Dulles. i-Max and simulators are fun extras. A bit failing in the food department; McDonalds is all that is offered. If your weather is good, consider packing a picnic basket and sitting outside. Tables and a grass lawn are available. Be sure to wear good walking shoes as floor is concrete.

Thank Lenzi67
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Excellent. In one afternoon, for a parking fee, I saw a Concorde, a space shuttle, the SR-71 spy plane, the Enola Gay, and plenty of other aircraft. It has more space than the sister museum in Washington, and I would say it’s worth the trip.

The photos speak for themselves.

Thank Jeff P
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Just visited for the second time, and found more than I remembered. There is so much to see, that you need to take your time or visit multiple times. The space shuttle is of course a huge draw, but there's a lot of historical info on the space program as well, that we hadn't had time or the attention span to enjoy on our previous visit with children.

Thank atriptoIreland
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I have been to this museum four times since it opened and enjoyed it each and every time.

It is located approximately 30 miles west of Washington DC on RT 28 in Chantilly Virginia. Simply follow the signs for Dulles International Airport and you cannot miss it.

Access to the museum itself is free however there is a $15 charge for parking (free after 4pm).

This mammoth hanger contains exhibits that span the history of aviation with everything from bi-planes to the Space Shuttle. Among some of the more notable exhibits are the fully restored Enola Gay, the SR-71 Blackbird, a Concord and the recently added space shuttle Discovery. It can probably take a couple of hours, more if you enjoy reading the plaques, to see all the exhibits on display. Because of this, it is recommended that you wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

Other attractions include the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower. From this vantage point you can see aircraft land and take-off from nearby Dulles International Airport. The tower also contains a replica air traffic control station and other exhibits

Additionally there is the Airbus IMAX Theater which features aviation documentaries and major motion pictures. Check the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center website for screening times.

The upper level contains a McDonalds, which is the only restaurant on premises, and gift shop. The gift shop has a plethora of aviation related items for all ages.

I can say hands down that as much as I enjoyed the Air and Space Museum in DC, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is by far better and a must see for any aviation enthusiast.

Thank Naamor
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