Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC

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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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  • Another definite must see while in DC. They have the Spirit of St Louis above the entrance hall and the Wright Bros plane is another must see. Make sure you leave plenty of time to see all this museum...  more »
  • You could literally spend days here and still not see it all. They have everything related to air and space, from the Wright brothers to space travel. I especially enjoyed the Apollo mission exhibits....  more »
  • Architecture is amazing; history, fascinating. This is an aesthetic treat in a stunning environment.  more »
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  • Great museum with FREE admission. In this museum you will find the first flying machines, space stuff and everything in between. Not much has changed in the museum the past 20 years, so you don't have to come often. Kids will probably enjoy more than adults. I love the expert volunteers who stand in some areas explaining the displays. Everything in the museum is original. A must see if you go to DC.
  • The Air and Space museum was on the top of my list of places to visit when I came to DC. There is so much to see and read and learn that I had to go in two full days to fully grasp everything. (That is, if you stop at every exhibit and read it through completely). There is the Einstein Planetarium as well. Great place for every typical city dweller to see what stars actually look like in the night sky. You can even see the milkyway! Unfortunately we live in a time where the night sky is flooded with artificial light and you only see a black expanse when you look up on a moonless night. It is a life changing experience for many when they actually see the night sky with a sea of diamond-like stars and planets twinkling away in a place far away from city lights. Anyway, coming back to the topic, my favorite exhibits were History of time and those with Mars and New Horizon missions. Also the one showing the Lunar missions with the actual Apollo 11 Module! It was indeed an enriching experience. There is so much to see for everyone. From the history of space flight to World War I and II Memorials. Just go see it! A review cannot describe the experience. Love the souvenir shop as well a lot of cool stuff to bring home.
  • Great things to see and do. It would be nice to have public trolley access to take you to all the sites, the capital, white house, Lincoln memorial etc. Also it took 45 minutes in line outside Air & Space museum to get in because of security checks. Understand and agree with security checks, however they need more security check stations.
  • I'm not sure I can be an objective reviewer here. I love planes and am fascinated by air travel. This is a total opportunity for geeking out. That said, my kids are young,and have the attention span of squirrels, yet they were fascinated by the place, too. If you're in DC and anywhere near the mall, this is worth a visit. But, be sure to give yourself the time. As with all the Smithsonian museums, you could spend days here and not absorb everything.
  • An excellent museum for history and science aficionados which should also appeal to the masses. It gives a very comprehensive view on flight evolution. It successfully vulgarizes science thanks to hands-on interactions and detailed models while keeping enough scientific details for the science nerds (like me :-D). Even though it can feel a little bit dated at times, as technology evolves quite fast, it'is still worth going and you should plan several hours to tour it (at least half a day). Tip: there's a McDonald's inside, much cheaper than other options around. It makes the museum a great place to either start the afternoon or stay the full day.