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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is home to thousands of aircraft and space artifacts. You can explore on your own or take a guided tour for more information about the impressive collection. Witness significant pieces of aviation history, such as the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and several World War II planes, before heading up the center’s observation tower to watch planes in action at the nearby airport. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your photo taken in front of a real-life space shuttle. There is an on-site IMAX theater, but tickets for its showings do sell out, so buy online in advance. Bring a jacket with you, as the large hangars can get cold. Make Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center a part of your Chantilly vacation plans using our Chantilly trip builder.
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  • This museum, with free admission like so many in Washington, is an absolute must for anyone interested in the history of aviation and space flight. From the B-29 Enola Gay to the Discovery space shutt...  more »
  • The only downside to this museum is the price for parking (so carpool if you can!). Aside from that, it is always worth a visit. The larger planes they have on display are impressive, and they even ha...  more »
  • I had been to the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. and would say that this museum is an extension of the one in DC. The museum is free but the parking is $15/car. On my opinion this museum will...  more »
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  • Visited with my husband, who is a big fan of planes and space exploration, but had a great time myself as well! Very well curated, arranged, and designed. The signage and information presented is really great for engaging with what you're seeing, and to feel like you can learn and participate without prior knowledge. We easily spent several hours here and could have stayed longer. It stands alone well enough from the original Air and Space Museum as well, you can do both in the same weekend without feeling like you're repeating anything but it also is fresher and handles crowds better than the museum on the Mall.
  • This museum has the Space Shuttle Discovery, the Enola Gay, and lots more historic planes, space ships, and more. We did not take the 90 minute tour and I wish I had. I am sure I missed a lot. The map is hard to take in. Kids can touch pieces of meteors and handle a training space suit. There are also a couple of flight simulator rides. Generally, however, there are not a lot of interactive activities for kids. Most of the displays have been retired from other places and may refer to display aspects no longer present. The model of the Mars Rover, for instance, used to travel with a martian landscape panorama background that is not here, though the sign still mentions it. There is a lot of walking and not many places to sit. You cannot touch Discovery or any parts of it, you can just see the outside. And it is hard to get far enough away from it or many other vehicles to get a picture without something else being in your way. Still a momentous experience, and I did like the high walkway where you can look down on most of the planes! Be sure to take time to visit the workshop in the rear, where you can view vehicles undergoing restoration.
  • One of my most favorite museums anywhere. Mind-blowing collection of all things that fly and memorabilia. The observation tower is also a must-see for beautiful views and you can listen in on the air traffic controllers next door at Dulles while watching planes land. There's a McDonald's inside and a Smithsonian gift shop, too. Favorite pieces are the Enola Gay Super Fortress, the SR-71 Blackbird, the space shuttle Discovery, and the Air France Concorde jet. You can't miss this museum if you're anywhere near D.C.
  • An amazing display of planes, plane parts, and anything else you could imagine related to air or space travel. This "location" of the air and space museum features the displays too large for the museum downtown. I believe there is a shuttle to this museum, though I've never taken it--if you're willing to pay for parking, driving is easier. The space shuttle Discovery and the SR 71 Blackbird are the big draws, but the many smaller (and some larger) planes displayed around the large hangar are also fascinating.
  • Brilliant collection of aircraft. SR-71 and the Space Shuttle are the headliners, but was great to see the F14 (Top Gun) and all the more exotic World War Two stuff as well. The return module from Apollo 11 was even parked in the restoration area while we were there. Incredible.