Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

★★★★★
  • Independence Ave at 4th Street, SW

    Washington, DC 20560

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The National Air and Space Museum was amazing. Right from the lobby with the different eras of air and space travel represented, the museum took you through air travel in an amazing way. I can't believe it's all free!

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The National Air and Space Museum was amazing. Right from the lobby with the different eras of air and space travel represented, the museum took you through air travel in an amazing way. I can't believe it's all free!

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Overwhelming in size for young kids. Be sure to pick only a few exhibits to observe, such as the lunar module and Wright Brother/early flight sections. IMAZ movies are fun. Great souvenir shop with wide variety of terrific toys and books.

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Overwhelming in size for young kids. Be sure to pick only a few exhibits to observe, such as the lunar module and Wright Brother/early flight sections. IMAZ movies are fun. Great souvenir shop with wide variety of terrific toys and books.

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I loved spending time going through this museum .We spent well over half a day and didn't come close to hitting all the exhibits. The real life models of the different aircraft were fascinating. Reading the stories behind WWII and the first flight around the world helped make it real. Plus it was neat to see how far satellite have come. This place has something for everyone. Best of all, its free! You can't beat that. If you only have time for one Smithsonian Museum, this is the one to visit.

PROS: fun airplanes inside
CONS: too many things to see in one day

5
★★★★★

I loved spending time going through this museum .We spent well over half a day and didn't come close to hitting all the exhibits. The real life models of the different aircraft were fascinating. Reading the stories behind WWII and the first flight around the world helped make it real. Plus it was neat to see how far satellite have come. This place has something for everyone. Best of all, its free! You can't beat that. If you only have time for one Smithsonian Museum, this is the one to visit.

PROS: fun airplanes inside
CONS: too many things to see in one day

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This place is great - I was disappointed I only had a couple of hours to spend here. It's loaded with actual air crafts and rockets that have made monumental flights into space. It has a moon rock that you can touch (it's worn down already from everyone's finger grease rubbing on it) and a planetarium to learn about space and the stars. It's a very cool place to learn about astronauts and see their gear (and sample their freeze dried food from their gift shop) up close and personal!

5
★★★★★

This place is great - I was disappointed I only had a couple of hours to spend here. It's loaded with actual air crafts and rockets that have made monumental flights into space. It has a moon rock that you can touch (it's worn down already from everyone's finger grease rubbing on it) and a planetarium to learn about space and the stars. It's a very cool place to learn about astronauts and see their gear (and sample their freeze dried food from their gift shop) up close and personal!

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Whenever I go into the city, this museum is on my list. I've been going since I was a kid with school field trips and it is just as fun now as it was then. The interactive exhibits are great and I LOVE the IMAX theatre - there are so many neat shows to see these days. It's definitley worth it to watch one of the movies while you are visiting. Highly recommended!

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★★★★☆

Whenever I go into the city, this museum is on my list. I've been going since I was a kid with school field trips and it is just as fun now as it was then. The interactive exhibits are great and I LOVE the IMAX theatre - there are so many neat shows to see these days. It's definitley worth it to watch one of the movies while you are visiting. Highly recommended!

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Okay. I must admit. I guess I was expecting more from the National Air and Space Museum. While it had a lot of interesting things, I felt they could have done lots more to spice up the museum. Some of their museum exhibits are so simple, it was disappointing.

Now the aircraft exhibits were interesting to see. They had lots of them hanging from the ceiling. I'm sure the kids would love this and have a different view from adults. All in all, it's free and it was enjoyable-- somewhat.

4
★★★★☆

Okay. I must admit. I guess I was expecting more from the National Air and Space Museum. While it had a lot of interesting things, I felt they could have done lots more to spice up the museum. Some of their museum exhibits are so simple, it was disappointing.

Now the aircraft exhibits were interesting to see. They had lots of them hanging from the ceiling. I'm sure the kids would love this and have a different view from adults. All in all, it's free and it was enjoyable-- somewhat.

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This museum is AWESOME! It has a vast dispaly of aircraft and space vehicles. It houses the Wright Brother's plane, The Spirit of St Louis and other airplane "firsts", as well as space modules like Apollo 11. There's a lot to see and you can spend several hours going through the place. One of the best things about bringing the whole family to the Air and Space Museum, besides the history lessons, is that it is FREE!

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★★★★★

This museum is AWESOME! It has a vast dispaly of aircraft and space vehicles. It houses the Wright Brother's plane, The Spirit of St Louis and other airplane "firsts", as well as space modules like Apollo 11. There's a lot to see and you can spend several hours going through the place. One of the best things about bringing the whole family to the Air and Space Museum, besides the history lessons, is that it is FREE!

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The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular museums in Washington DC.

The exhibits here are larger-than-life. There are actual meteorites, space pods, and shuttle displays. Much of the displays occupies a ton of room(seriously), so there isn't really a ton of information that you can learn within the museum. However, you shouldn't care because where else can you see these gigantic models anyway?

The gift shop here leaves much to be desired however. If you want to purchase something, the prices are great but the selection is quite limited.

Besides this, the National Air and Space Museum is one of the sites that are a must-see in DC.

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★★★★★

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular museums in Washington DC.

The exhibits here are larger-than-life. There are actual meteorites, space pods, and shuttle displays. Much of the displays occupies a ton of room(seriously), so there isn't really a ton of information that you can learn within the museum. However, you shouldn't care because where else can you see these gigantic models anyway?

The gift shop here leaves much to be desired however. If you want to purchase something, the prices are great but the selection is quite limited.

Besides this, the National Air and Space Museum is one of the sites that are a must-see in DC.

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This museum offers the chance to learn about the history of space exploration. One notable section is the Milestone and Space, which houses five floating planes, two standing missles, and a moon rock which you can touch. It's impressive to see the light and fragile space shuttle John Glenn orbited in.

My other two favorite features were the IMAX cinema and the Albert Einstein Planetarium, which is undoubtedly the best and largest planetarium I've ever been to. It has crisp stars and constellations projected above - I can spend all day gazing at them!

In the gift shop, I got to taste some astronaut food - this is a real experience! The ice cream has the consistency of cardboard, but melts in your mouth and is warm, but good! The pizza isn't very good - it's very hard, not too tasty (don't expect it to taste like pizza) - but it is cool to see how astronauts eat!!!

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★★★★☆

This museum offers the chance to learn about the history of space exploration. One notable section is the Milestone and Space, which houses five floating planes, two standing missles, and a moon rock which you can touch. It's impressive to see the light and fragile space shuttle John Glenn orbited in.

My other two favorite features were the IMAX cinema and the Albert Einstein Planetarium, which is undoubtedly the best and largest planetarium I've ever been to. It has crisp stars and constellations projected above - I can spend all day gazing at them!

In the gift shop, I got to taste some astronaut food - this is a real experience! The ice cream has the consistency of cardboard, but melts in your mouth and is warm, but good! The pizza isn't very good - it's very hard, not too tasty (don't expect it to taste like pizza) - but it is cool to see how astronauts eat!!!

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This museum is very large and consists of two tiers. They offer every information possible about the history of air and space travel and even showcases a few movies that they produced about air and space travel; the movies are similar to those shown on Discovery/TLC. The admission is free and there is a McDonalds located inside the museum. This is an excellent place to take young children to visit.

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★★★★★

This museum is very large and consists of two tiers. They offer every information possible about the history of air and space travel and even showcases a few movies that they produced about air and space travel; the movies are similar to those shown on Discovery/TLC. The admission is free and there is a McDonalds located inside the museum. This is an excellent place to take young children to visit.

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This place is so huge that you'll never make it through it in a lifetime of visits. It is a great place to go though nonetheless. The airplane and war exhibits are very interesting. I recommend just picking a section to go through on your trip and just doing that in order to not get overwhelmed and disillusioned. There is a lot more to see in DC so save your energy!

5
★★★★★

This place is so huge that you'll never make it through it in a lifetime of visits. It is a great place to go though nonetheless. The airplane and war exhibits are very interesting. I recommend just picking a section to go through on your trip and just doing that in order to not get overwhelmed and disillusioned. There is a lot more to see in DC so save your energy!

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This museum is huge and features all sorts of exhibits involving aerospace. They have flight simulators that, for a fee, you can drive and flip yourself silly. Highly recommended! Admission is free to all museums!

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★★★★☆

This museum is huge and features all sorts of exhibits involving aerospace. They have flight simulators that, for a fee, you can drive and flip yourself silly. Highly recommended! Admission is free to all museums!

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This is my favorite musuem on the mall. I brought my cousins (age 7 and 10). I had as much fun as they did. There are so many interactive exhibits. Only problem is the food court, there isn't much of anything in this musuem or anywhere around the mall

5
★★★★★

This is my favorite musuem on the mall. I brought my cousins (age 7 and 10). I had as much fun as they did. There are so many interactive exhibits. Only problem is the food court, there isn't much of anything in this musuem or anywhere around the mall

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Showcases interesting, historical exhibits, a great learning experience for kids and adults alike. Kids will particularly appreciate the interactive elements of some exhibits. Adults may appreciate more the many antique planes and other historical elements. Parking for any of the museums on the Mall is nearly impossible, take metro to avoid the hassle. Very large and usually crowded, so keep an eye on your kids so they don't get lost!

4
★★★★☆

Showcases interesting, historical exhibits, a great learning experience for kids and adults alike. Kids will particularly appreciate the interactive elements of some exhibits. Adults may appreciate more the many antique planes and other historical elements. Parking for any of the museums on the Mall is nearly impossible, take metro to avoid the hassle. Very large and usually crowded, so keep an eye on your kids so they don't get lost!

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This is my favorite museum in all of Washington. I am always intrigued by flight and the space program. They have interactive exhibits for everyone of all ages, along with the planetarium and the theatre with special events on going.

An absolute must see while in Washington.

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★★★★★

This is my favorite museum in all of Washington. I am always intrigued by flight and the space program. They have interactive exhibits for everyone of all ages, along with the planetarium and the theatre with special events on going.

An absolute must see while in Washington.

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The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is a great place for anyone to spend a few hours learning about the history of flight and space travel. While certainly not the largest Smithsonian museum, there is still a lot to see. Make sure you go down every hallway on the second floor-- It is very easy to miss an exhibit.

Because this museum is so unique, it gets very crowded. Admission is free. However, you can pay a small fee ($6 for adults) to see a show in the planetarium. I have done this many times, and have enjoyed it immensely. Regardless of what you see in this museum, you will certainly learn something.

The souvenirs are a bit pricey, but you should be able to find something on sale if you're looking to just get a souvenir and be thrifty. The restaurant here, just like all of the others, is very expensive.

There is only on-street parking, and that is if you can find it. However, the Metro runs right to the Smithsonian. If you're going to visit the line of Smithsonian Museums on Independence Avenue, make sure that this one is on your list.

PROS: really cool exhibits, neat planetarium, free admission, lots to see
CONS: expensive eatery, on-street parking, gets very crowded

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★★★★★

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is a great place for anyone to spend a few hours learning about the history of flight and space travel. While certainly not the largest Smithsonian museum, there is still a lot to see. Make sure you go down every hallway on the second floor-- It is very easy to miss an exhibit.

Because this museum is so unique, it gets very crowded. Admission is free. However, you can pay a small fee ($6 for adults) to see a show in the planetarium. I have done this many times, and have enjoyed it immensely. Regardless of what you see in this museum, you will certainly learn something.

The souvenirs are a bit pricey, but you should be able to find something on sale if you're looking to just get a souvenir and be thrifty. The restaurant here, just like all of the others, is very expensive.

There is only on-street parking, and that is if you can find it. However, the Metro runs right to the Smithsonian. If you're going to visit the line of Smithsonian Museums on Independence Avenue, make sure that this one is on your list.

PROS: really cool exhibits, neat planetarium, free admission, lots to see
CONS: expensive eatery, on-street parking, gets very crowded

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If so, then this is the place to go! The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum chronicles flight, from the first airplane to the rockets and satellites we shoot up into space today. Definitely a learning experience your child won't mind seeing! And you really can't beat the admission price- FREE!

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If so, then this is the place to go! The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum chronicles flight, from the first airplane to the rockets and satellites we shoot up into space today. Definitely a learning experience your child won't mind seeing! And you really can't beat the admission price- FREE!

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