S.I. National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.

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7th and Independence Ave, SW (202) 357-1400
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    They'll take you to space men...

    by Lennyx Updated Sep 28, 2015

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    On the last day of a conference i attended in Washington, they were giving an end of conference party at the Space Centre; It would make any Space obsessed person's dream. If you are not into planets and milky-ways, you will be induced to. The sights of space crafts and suits with literature on their history and origin, gives your visit more oomph, every corner had some interesting history to read up on.

    They also have a movie theatre where Movies about all thing space and NASA being shown at scheduled times.

    Although i was there for a party, and the whole centre was opened to us to explore its entirety. The food was also awesome... I should believe the catering was provided for by the organizers of the conference

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    National Air and Space Musuem

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 8, 2015

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    The largest air and space museum complex in the world, it is also the most visited museum in the world. This museum is a fantastic place to bring the little ones. Not only do the kids but grown ups as well, will enjoy the different types of planes, ballons, capsules and rockets on display here. Be mindful that because of the sheer size of the displays and the visitors, this museum is always crowded.

    Watch the IMAX movie which is a great way to have an idea about air and space travel.

    Just like many of the other museums here in DC, this one is also free. I love bringing the kids to this museum and it is one of Leo's favorite.

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    Air and Space Museum

    by Siege78 Updated Apr 21, 2015

    This museum was a good way to spend a rainy afternoon. Lots to see in here. If you were to take your time and read bout every single piece it would literally take all day. The museum may be free but the 3D imax theater is not. The show is pretty cool despite the cost, plus it gives you the chance to kickback and rest your feet for about 20 minutes.

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    A Dry Experience

    by solopes Updated Nov 1, 2014

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    Escaping from the rain, the museum was a good idea, though, as a matter of fact, I expected more from it.

    Maybe because I'd been in Cape Canaveral, I appreciated the way the interactive displays attracted the children, but the collection didn't seem very rich.

    Anyway, we passed an interesting (and dry) couple of hours.

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    National Air and Space Museum

    by antistar Updated Feb 18, 2014

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    This was the big one. I've visited air museums around the world, including one in Belgrade that hosted the only stealth fighter ever to be shot down and the Israeli Air Force museum in the middle of the Negev desert. This was the one I'd always wanted to see. The US invented the airplane and landed a man on the moon, and so the museum hosts some impressive exhibits: the Apollo 11 capsule, the Spirit of St. Louis, and a Lockheed U2 spy plane. It also hosts one of the planes that started it all: the original 1903 Wright Flyer. Seeing the Spirit of St. Louis up close is a cure for aerophobia. If Charles Lindbergh could spend 33 hours over the Atlantic cooped up in that tiny thing, anyone can fly seven hours in a modern 747.

    Unfortunately I made one big mistake. I didn't realise there was an even bigger adjunct at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport so I missed out an even greater array of classic aircraft, ones too big to fit in the downtown Washington D.C. building. The Udvar-Hazy Center has Enola Gay, the Space Shuttle, and Concorde, to name just a few. If you love aircraft you will have to visit that one too. I will have to wait until I come back to Washington D.C. And I will.

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    A great museum for kids!

    by albaaust Written Jan 5, 2014

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    We headed for this museum on the morning of our Capitol Hill tour. It wasn't enough time and we went back in the afternoon. The museum consists of two huge floors with approximately 27 galleries; each gallery based on a specific theme, for example the space race, jet aviation. There are guided tours, film shows, demonstrations on how things fly and even flight simulator flights. Be warned though if you go on a public holiday or weekend you will have to fight the hordes of kids!!! For us some of the impressive displays were the early aeroplanes hung from the ceiling, the missile pit and the Apollo Soyuz test project. Our favourite displays were the homage to Lucky Lindy* Charles Lindbergh, the early flight gallery and the Apollo to the Moon gallery. I also liked the fact that the displays related to space travel acknowledged the partnerships with the Russians in more recent times.

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    Flying High.

    by razorbacker Written Sep 23, 2013

    The National Air and Space Museum is - well, I'll just say it - AWESOME! I only had an hour to hit the highlights of the museum since I had an 11:00 appointment for my U.S. Capitol tour, but I crammed everything I could into the time I had. Try to do it at a more leisurely pace if you can, but I can say not only did I see the highlights from "The Spirit of St. Louis" to the Rutan Explorer to Amelia Earhart's favorite personal plane to the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Friendship 7, the Apollo 11 command module, Space Ship One, Sputnik, and any number of storied craft, but I touched the Moon! Wow!

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    Fun and Educational

    by jmpncsu Written May 13, 2012

    The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum located in the National Mall (not the one in Virginia) is another fun and educational museum in DC. It's very popular so expect a crowd of school kids. But the museum is fun and educational for adults too. The history of aviation, displayed through the various exhibits, is very interesting, even if you're not really into planes. From the first winged bicycles to Predator Drones, it's amazing how much technology has evolved in a century. Being from North Carolina, the Wright Brothers exhibit was great to see. And the two exhibits for World War I and World War II showed the huge advancements in technology over a few decades, yet also the limitations that were faced back then. The history of the space race and the astronomy of our solar system were a couple of other exhibits I enjoyed. There are a couple of gift shops and a food court in the building as well.

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    AMAZING

    by davidjo Updated Mar 29, 2012

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    Don't miss this museum as you can see the history of space travel. I was most impressed by the Apollo Lunar Module and especially the earlier space capsules where the astronaut was enclosed in a very small area throughout his flight. Also the development of space suits from the earlier heavy ones to the modern suits they wear now. When i lived outside DC i visited the museum frequently and never got tired of it.

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    VISIT THE SMITHSONIAN AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

    by DennyP Updated Sep 12, 2011

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    To visit this marvellous Museum of Aeronautical Space History and Exploration is to visit another of The marvellous Smithsonian Institutions Museums...and what amazing Museums they are..Like other Smithsonians Museums , this is a huge establishment with litterally thousands of amazing and spectacular exhibits. The visitor here is captivated the moment of entry with all types of aircraft and space craft some suspended from the ceilings .The visitor cannot be forgiven for being at times overwhelmed by the volume and outstanding condition of the many exhibits ,being that some are dating back to the birth of flight....To Visit this wonderful Museum ,allow yourself many hours to do so ,as to be able to absorb the outstanding displays of items that are on show here will take you quite some time..I personally love this Museum and have returned three times now..You certainly wont be dissapointed with a visit to this marvellous Museum.
    I beleive there is another new Air and Space Museum out by Dulles Airport .as there was not enough space here for all the exhibits to be displayed
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    S.I Air and Space Museum (free of charge one)

    by eugini2001 Written Jan 25, 2011

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    If you’ve visited Kennedy Space Center in Florida, than National Air and Space museum is not so impressive for you any more. I expected more, but let’s look this way: it is a museum, not an educational center, plus they have a planetarium, an IMAX Theater and old airplanes you can climb in (imagining you are back in time flying on AA airlines, for example.) When you look on that “Spirit of St. Louis “ plane (First Nonstop Solo Transatlantic Flight),the first thought that comes to mind is if can this thing, actually, fly from my township to the boarder of the next one on the map? Well, imagine 33hours 30 min inside on this machine; even nowadays, when I fly “transatlantic “ I cannot wait till 10 hours of comfortable staying on board come to end. Even 25000 or 2500000$$$$ wouldn’t make me fly that thing overseas. But almost a hundred years ago it inspired people. That makes me think how blessed we are with all this air and space progress. We didn’t have a whole day to explore the museum, but if you have one you’ll need it. My personal favorite is collection of medals and crosses from different countries that military people got rewarded with during the Second World War

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    space & air museum

    by mindcrime Written Nov 9, 2010

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    National Space & Air museum is the most popular museum in DC. I cant say that I enjoyed it much, ok I’m not really into planes and spacecrafts but the collection wasn’t so rich as I expected. Of course, there are some old and historical items like the Spirit of St. Louis in which Ch. Lindbergh made the first solo trans-Atlantic flight non stop or the original Wright 1903 flyer! Some people seemed to be impressed by things like Apollo 11 command module, I guess if you like aviation and space exhibits you will like it too but after 90’ inside there we got bored. It seems I use the planes only to travel.

    There were many interactive sections that kids will love for sure and they also seemed to get impressed by the life size planes

    The entrance is free and the open hours are:10.00-17.30 daily. The second part of the museum is located at Dulles Airport.

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    Something worthy of getting all up in the air over

    by etfromnc Written Aug 26, 2010

    The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) is probably the most popular of the Smithsonian Institution museums on the Mall in Washington. Being a North Carolinian, I was first drawn there by the prospect of seeing the Wright Flyer which began this whole powered flight thing just 107 years ago. My next favorite attraction is the Spirit of St Louis in which Charles Lindbergh made the first solo non-stop Trans-Atlantic flight. There are many other aircraft, however, including spacecraft.

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    Great air & space for the kids!

    by abi_maha Written Sep 9, 2009

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    It's a great place to go with kids, so many things that are interactive for them. The Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. However it is not only about flights, it is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. So don't be surprised to see some lively interactive sections even explaining the Newtons & Kepler's laws to the kids!!
    Some very interesting displays including the Wright 1903 Flyer; the Spirit of St. Louis; the Apollo 11 command module Columbia; and a Lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. We also liked the 'monkey astronaut' :-) Like kids we got excited seeing the infrared rays that we emit (see pics). Various interesting sections that help you 'Explore the Universe' & 'Explore the Planet'. Lot of trivia to soak in and an easy way to spend 3 hours. What we liked best was getting into the a/c, the heat on that particular day outside was unbearable! The food court offers Mc Cafe & Donato Pizzas, as usual we found surprisingly little for vegetarians here :-(

    The tv captures the infrared rays we emit A kid learns the Newton's laws as mom watches on Monkey Business ;-)

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    If it flies, it's here

    by Herkbert Written Jul 24, 2009

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    The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall. This building is amazing, both in size and exhibits.

    There are so many aviation and space exhibits that you can easily spend an entire day there and still not see everything. A few of the exhibits that I liked the most were the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Enola Gay, the Air France Concorde, the Langley Airdrome and the flight simulators.

    Just for the record, I'm not talking pictures, these are the real thing. Life size planes stored in a giant, modern, hangar. Don't miss this one.

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