Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 14,000+ 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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  • On entering the building, you cannot help but be impressed by the hanging planes from on high. Wow, what a fabulous intro to the museum. It just gets better as you wander from area to area. Jems by th...  read more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Air and Space Museum. It was pretty crowded and there were lines out the door for the security check but they moved fairly quickly. There's tons to see at the mu...  read more »
  • in my opinion the most interesting Museum in washington. Nice kids but nothing exceptional for adults
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  • I don’t hate to fly, I would just hate to fall 30,000 feet. Nonetheless, the National Air and Space Museum is an impressive display of aircraft from the Wright brothers to present day, that even people that don’t find being in an airplane all that enjoyable can appreciate. It's amazing to see, with all the current electronic gadgets we have, how simple and rudimentary the technology used in early aircraft seems today. At the museum you’ll see a menagerie of displays. From a recreation of the Wright brothers plane, spacecrafts, jets, sections of jumbo jets to moon landing craft, movies, and even an exhibit on technology through the years. Every single display is informative and impresses with its scale. There’s the typical large gift shop and a fast food restaurant. Make sure to plan a stop at the Air and Space Museum as you explore the National Mall.
  • Wow Science. The museum is amazing. You can watch 3D science movies there. A lot of knowledge to gain. Cool stuff to do. Specially where there are gadgets which teaches you about science. Old rockets and aeroplanes have been kept there. Each one have their story to it.
  • Great collection of different planes and space vehicles. Lots of activities for kids. Spirit of St Louis, space ship one and Voyager are some of my favorite special attractions. It's also worth going to the new museum in Chantilly which has the space shuttle, Concorde and enola gay. There is a McDonald's inside the museum, which is very convenient. Simulators and IMAX inside are worth the additional charges.
  • The museum is a treasure trove of aviation artifacts. Around every corner is an aircraft with a place in history. The museum itself, however, is groaning under its own popularity. 4.7 million tourists visited this place last year. On a typical day, it feels like that many are present. The museum doesn't flow and lines and backups are common for most any interactive exhibit. The exhibits haven't been updated in many years.
  • One of my favorite DC museums. Some of the permanent exhibits feel a bit dull after repeat visits, yet they're dense enough that you still learn something new strolling through. Rotating exhibits are usually great and worth catching. The gallery is simply amazing.
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