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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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  • My family and I were visiting Virginia, and we love the Space Shuttles. With being so close to Washington DC, we decided to go see "Discovery". This museum is wonderful. We saw the Shuttle, but there ...  more »
  • I visited as a chaperone for a high school band that was in town for the inauguration parade. My visit would have been given 5 stars except I had to deal with a cashier in the McDonald's that spoke En...  more »
  • This is an excellent companion to the museum on the mall, with a HUGE collection of aircraft and not much of the "entertainment" aspects that are more prevalent at the museum on the mall (which is fin...  more »
  • This place is packed with so much history and information. The layout is fascinating and gives life to the planes. The organization is really great too in keeping a timeline going. My husband and I went twice in our one week here. I can't believe it's free! The space area was overwhelming in the best possible way and I felt like a kid again, totally struck with wonder. A great place for adults and youth alike.
  • I was impressed by the amount and the size of some airplanes present here. It is the best air museum I have seen so far. Amazing. Oh while it is free to visit they ask 15 usd parking... a bit shady
  • WOW! Now this is a MUST VISIT for anyone (adults or kids) that have any interest in flying, airplanes, space, military aircraft - you name it. You could easily spend an entire day here for sure. The amount of displays they have on hand are incredible and everything is spaced out properly so you don't feel too cramped like you do when you visit the Air and Space Museum in downtown DC. While you can't touch most of the aircraft inside, you can get pretty close to seeing some amazing planes starting with the beginning of flight to modern aircraft. Plus - you get to see the Space Shuttle Discovery up close - which was probably our favorite part! You pay for parking - $15 bucks (unless you go after 4 then it's free but you only get an hour at the museum)... inside you can buy tickets to an IMAX show, stop by the gift shop or grab lunch - but your only choice is McD's. They have an Air Traffic Control tower so you can see how flying operations work and the best part is that since you are right next to Dulles, you get to see planes landing/taking off up close! Seriously - if you have ANY interest in this type of stuff at all - go for a visit. You won't regret it at all!
  • If you like any sort of air travel, you cannot miss this place. Where else can you see most of the important aircraft of the last century of flight? Best of all, admission is the same as all other Smithsonian museums: free. If I had one complaint about the exhibits, it's that you are not able to see inside any of the aircraft, and basically just have to admire from afar. But the series of walkways and catwalks ensure you get great views. Tucked way in the back corner, make sure to spend a few minutes looking at the restoration work going on for future exhibits. Very kid-friendly, and spacious enough that you can feel as though you have plenty of space even at the busiest of times. The shuttle bus to the Metro and Dulles are good options to avoid parking fees. The only on-site restaurant is a McDonald's, so packing a lunch is a good option.
  • This is the best place to see a retired space shuttle. All the other places that house a space shuttle require paid admissions, some even charges extra to see the space shuttles. Its two massive hangars also have some other very special exhibitions, including the SR-71 Blackbird and the Concord. The only downside is you have to pay a $15 parking fee. The only way to avoid the parking fee is to arrive after 4:00pm. But that also means that you will only be able to spend 1/2 hour in the Observation Tower to watch places take off and land at Dulles as the tower closes at 4:30pm.