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. Make National Air and Space Museum a centerpiece of your Washington DC vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Washington DC travel itinerary planner.
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  • Nice museum covering the history of flight from A-Z. Only in Washington DC are all museums free, then visit as many as you can, it's so worth it. Great experience for both large and small, Mc Donalds right in the living room floor, so there is a place for small break. Well described and information fully at each exhibition.
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  • The Museum is very centrally located and has two large inputs. Like almost all museums, this is also free of charge. There are many beteutende and interesting aircraft. But the really spektarkulären aircraft (SR-71; Unfortunately, space shuttle) are exhibited in the other Museum at Dulles (1 hour drive). The Museum is crowded during the day! There are many shop at the Museum, where you will get all kinds of things. There is also a fast-food restaurant. The staff is friendly. The Museum offers a detailed overview of the entire history of aviation. Overall, the Museum is designed but on mass tourism. For genuine nerd, the Museum in Dulles is much more interesting.
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  • What a great place to visit and there is so much to see and do that you could spread it over more than one day. I loved visiting the planetarium and seeing the journey to the stars. It was amazing and...  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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Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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