Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC
(4.6/5 based on 15,000+ reviews on the web)
Housing the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world, Smithsonian 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 Smithsonian 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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  • It’s hardly surprising that this venerable museum is showing some age, housing as it does original aircraft over 100 years old. However, the lettering of the displays could be updated to more modern s...  more »
  • Good for kids but not that much for adults. If you're interested in Aero-science, then it's fine. If not, just drop by shortly 
  • A very nice museum, and not just for air-and rymdintresserade. There was something for everyone, the highlight for me was fligthsimulatorn. Can only recommend.
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  • So awesome! Probably my favorite museum in the DC area. Like all of the museums, you could spend an entire day here, and probably more if you really wanted to read through all of the exhibits, but I've found that this one is probably the easiest to move through quickly if you only have an hour or so. The main reason is that the preponderance of the exhibits are hanging in the main hall and you're not having to crowd around to see them since they're huge items like airplanes, rockets and space modules. If you've never been to DC, be prepared to walk - a LOT. The IMAX theater in the Air and Space Museum is a great opportunity to get off your feet for an hour or so while learning something really cool. We saw the D-Day movie while we were there and it was excellent.
  • Great museum to view the progress of both air and space travel. Before entering the main area of the museum, you have to enter a metal detector and your items need to go through an X-Ray scanner. Once you have passed through security, you have two floors to explore. They have a variety of exhibits for both the evolution of airplanes and air travel to everything to do with Space. This museum is indoor, which is a great place to hangout and avoid the heat when roaming around the National Mall. Just keep in mind that during the weekends and whatnot, this place receives A LOT of visitors. So plan accordingly, and be prepared to spend a good amount of time here. Especially if you want to try out the simulators and whatnot, which most of the time will be spent waiting in line.
  • Amazing place. It's huge. You could spend an entire day here and still not see abs read everything. It was very educational and interesting. I loved it. Can't wait to go back.
  • We went here with our one and a half and three and a half year olds. For the most part it was a rough time for them to have any fun. They just wanted to be wild and roam the place themselves, which is not possible in such a crowded place. They did have a special Sesame Street show at the planetarium which was really nice.
  • Could stay in there for a whole day. And we even enjoyed the Boeing kind session. We went though the place in 2 hours because we had limited time and we have already been to Kenedy Space Center in Florida so we could go quickly through some things.