National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC

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Housing the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world, National Air and Space Museum features the Apollo 11 command module and the Wright Brothers' biplane that launched the age of aviation in 1903. View IMAX films, try a flight simulator, visit the planetarium, or just explore hundreds of air and spacecraft, plus thousands of smaller objects--including several spacesuits worn on the moon and a real lunar rock. The museum is a haven for fans of the history and science of aviation, spaceflight, geology, and geophysics. Check online or at the entrance for IMAX movie times, daily tours, and educational activities. For National Air and Space Museum and beyond, use our Washington DC vacation maker tool to get the most from your Washington DC vacation.
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  • This was easily one of the highlights of my DC trip. Very informational with a phalanx of exhibits. You can spend a whole day in here. And it's all free to view.  more »
  • Kids and grown ups can enjoy all the shows and the dsiplays are fantastic ! there are three floors filled with representations of air planes, models of the capsules that went to the moon and so on !  more »
  • Very informative and educational for children. Large variety of space ships, aircraft and astronomy.  more »
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  • Truly the highlight of my little guy's vacation. From the exhibits to the rides to the in-house McDonald's food court he was one happy kid. It was not nearly as crowded as I would have imagined. We waited in line at the door but once inside had no problem accessing any of the exhibits that we wanted to see. Literally could have spent hours more there. Looking forward to our next visit. Thank you SMITHSONIAN!
  • Really nice museum. Place is huge and has stuff for all ages. There is some good history about planes and spave travel. There are also cool hands on exhibits in the "How things fly" hall. The place is very busy, but if you plan to spend a lot of time there then you should have a great experience. We also saw "Dark Space" in the planetarium and really recommend if you are kind of a space nerd and like to know about the beginning of the universe and our tiny part of it. Great experience!
  • Good place to take the family or anyone in space or airplanes. My daughter really enjoyed it. Planetarium was amazing and had really good quality visuals. There were interactive parts of the exhibits that my kids enjoyed as well. Overall a fun experience and i would definitely recommend. The reason i gave it 4 instead of five was that some of the exhibits were small and not much was going on.
  • This place is day trip for sure. You will see our world's aviation history and get a chance to experience the true meaning of aviation! Pioneers and the aircraft that made it all happen. From the first lunar lander to the Bell x-1. They have the ORIGINAL WRIGHT FLYER that actually made the first powered sustained flight! How Awesome is that?! Nowhere in the world will you experience seeing the first introduction of powered aviation within our species than this place. Truely amazing.
  • Its mind blowing. If you love space then this is a must to visit. I spent few hours and felt that it needs 2 to 3 days to full explore and enjoy this place. Marevlous. I wish to visit again on my next visit to US. Here you will see all those things you have read in books since your childhood.

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