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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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  • One of the best Museums I have been to. A lot better than that in the middle of DC. Free to see and Opens at 10am. Parking fee of 15.00. Free guided tours. Has a McDonalds inside also. Plenty of frien...  read more »
  • Amazing static display of to many aircraft to count. I went just to see the shuttle and the SR-71 but I ended up spending half the day. So much history of flight under one roof. This is a must see if ...  read more »
  • We had preferred the Smithsonian of Dulles Airport instead of the Air and Space in Washington and was not disappointed! : Aircraft of all eras and all categories, rockets, missiles, a shuttle that had traveled, short experimental gear to satisfy all curious about the aeronautical thing. The icing on the cake: set up in the "control tower" which gives a nice view of Dulles Airport. All this for $ 15 to four (we only pay for parking!) in a nearly new complex.
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  • 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.
  • Must stop if you have a long (~6hours +) in Dulles Airport. The place is amazing... it's a great summary of the men enterprise to conquer flying and space. The guided tour is highly recommended; a lot of history fun facts. The only drawback is the lack of restaurant options: only McDonald's.
  • Massive collection of jaw-dropping aircraft in a large, well-appointed and air conditioned hangar. Parking is $15, which is well worth it if you're spending the whole day. If you're a local, though, parking is free after 4pm and the museum is open until 5:30 (6:30 during the summer). We go all the time just to let the kids run around when the weather is too hot/wet/cold.
  • Not sure where to begin. As other have said. Anyone with even a slight interest in aviation or space will love this place. It may be $15 for whole-day parking (and there's plenty spaces), but this is worth it as entry is free and there's tens of planes to see. Plus they have the actual Space Shuttle Discovery (see my pictures), the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and a Concorde. Would definitely recommend, and spend a full day here to give it the time it deserves. Plenty restrooms and eateries on-site too.
  • Could spend all day here. Great exhibits. Simulators are a lot of fun. Additional food court options would be nice. Lunchtime, McDonald's gets very busy and the wait is long. Recommend bringing lunch and storing in iced cooler of your car. Decent gift shop. Wish they carried B2 kites though.
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