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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  • We actually liked the Udvar-Hazy better, but the two museums aren’t the same. This one felt more tourist- focused, and there were a distinctively different vibe. The exhibits were well done and engagi...  more »
  • I have to admit was not excited about visiting this museum but it was one of my favourites. There was great exhibits for adults and children...you could even catch a movie. You don’t have to be a love...  more »
  • The first time I've been in this museum and been able to walk and see things without crowds--apparently February is the slow time. The exhibits and the movies are all well done here. But the crowds an...  more »
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  • Amazing museum! I still cannot believe it's free. If you haven't been to this, don't even debate, just go. It's such an interesting place to visit. If you are at all interested in planes you'll be even more wowed. If you have kids, definitely bring them because they will love it. If you can, also visit the annex by Dulles, which had even more space for all the amazing things humans do with air equipment.
  • This place is super awesome! Went there with the family and it was a great time. So much to see, but this is a must on your list. All of the exhibits are well laid out and informative. I would suggest blocking out at least one and a half to three hours in this visit, depending upon your level of interest in air and space. If it is your passion, I could see spending all day there.
  • Great museum for young and old. All the plaques are well written and make difficult things very understandable. And even if you don't like to read so much, all the planes, rockets and spacecraft which are on display should keep you entertained for a good while. For me, admittedly being a bit of a space nerd, this was one of the most interesting musea I've been to and even after spending a day there I hadn't seen everything that I'd liked to. And it's free too (although you should probably make a donation if you liked it as much as me). Fantastic experience.
  • If you want a place to take your children and have a wonderful experience, this is your place. Free entry, plenty of awesome exhibits. I would highly recommend visiting the planetarium for an amazing 3-D experience of visiting the stars with complete narration! This exhibit does have a reasonable fee, but totally worth it. They also have simulator rides (fee associated)that your child will really enjoy. This by far, is my favorite within the Smithsonian's group of museums. 😊
  • This is probably the best museum in DC, probably the world too. It's a huge sprawling complex full of aviation of all sorts. The exhibits are amazing and interesting. Interaction with the exhibits are cool and you just learn so much here! So much history and achievements packed into a single building and best of all, it's free. Everyone needs to visit this museum, it's truly awe inspiring.
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