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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum

Science Museum · Southwest Washington
600 Independence Ave SW (at 6th St SW), Washington, D.C. 20560, United States
Open until 5:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
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Our two locations hold the largest collection of historic air & space objects in the world. In DC, see the original Wright 1903 Flyer, Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia," and touch a Moon rock. Check out our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, home to the Space Shuttle Discovery.


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    Mike D.
    "Don't forget to touch the moon rock."(19 Tips)
    Cindy S.
    "from the Wright Brothers to space ships!The Imax movies are great!"(15 Tips)
    Jaim E.
    "Great museum, and the planetarium is also amazing!"(15 Tips)
    John E.
    "there and especially the flight simulations"(11 Tips)
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  • Dave M.

    The real historic planes and rockets--not models

    Dave Mortensen · 1 week ago
  • JW C.

    They have a great WW2 section with a Spitfire and a P-51 Mustang.

    JW Cogman · 1 week ago
  • Mary D.

    It is a must see if you have kids

    Mary Duchateau · 2 weeks ago
  • John S.

    Wright Flyer is a must see.

    John Swart · 2 weeks ago
  • Chris L.

    IMHO, best Smithsonian museum. Lots of cool things to see. My two teen girls & wife were less into it, but I (Dad) thought it was awesome.

    Chris Lankford · 3 weeks ago
  • Irina

    Best museum with lots of interactive activities! 😍✈️

    Irina · March 31
  • Lizzie H.

    So many historical aircrafts here inc the spirit of St. Louis and the u2. All for free!

    Lizzie Hatfield · March 27
  • Jvflpz

    If you're able to visit the Museum next to the airport, don't forget to go! It's bigger than the one in DC downtown, there are more historical planes, Concorde, Discovery, Enola Gay, Blackbird, wow!

    Jvflpz · March 26
  • B & M.

    100% am absolute must visit. You'll find yourself lost in here for hours and hours.

    B & M · March 26
  • Tim S.

    you will need at least half a day to do this justice

    Tim S-L · March 15
  • Abdullah B.

    The most beautiful place in the world

  • Jacqueline L.

    You should definitely take a ride in the flight simulators. Very realistic! Not good if you get dizzy easily. You are doing barrel rolls and trying to shoot down enemy planes.

    Jacqueline Lombardi · February 19
  • Biz T.

    Nice collection...

    Biz Traveldude · February 3
  • Eglė N.

    Amazing place!

    Eglė Nemuraitė · January 30
  • Michael

    World War I exhibit.

    Michael · January 27
  • Emmanuel G.

    The DOME ! Don't miss the show in the DOME !!

    Emmanuel Galvan · January 23
  • André C.

    Absolutely amazing!

    André Cherin · January 21
  • James B.

    Well worth a visit to inspire interest in young inquiring minds about flight and space

    James Baker · January 19
  • Yasin

    I still can't believe that I saw a space shuttle from that close.

    Yasin · January 17
  • Kevin D.

    Keep an entire day just for this museum.

    Kevin Desai · January 17
  • Tom A.

    It's always a shame when museums that appeal to and educate kids have such terrible, unhealthy food choices!

    Tom Alfie · January 16
  • Amber D.

    To bad you have to pay for the simulator

    Amber De Wilde · January 14
  • Tania L.

    Take the chance to visit this places. It's better if u arrive early because it's huge and has a lot of pavilions for visiting.

    Tania L. · January 5
  • Celina M.

    So interesting. Great to visit with children but from ages 8+

    Celina Mendoza · January 4
  • Bill M.

    The world's best ! Keep up the great job ! Fly high !

    Bill Michaels · December 29, 2015
  • Wrigley F.

    Be prepared for an airport-style scan of you and purses and backpacks and allow extra time. Hang a right at the info desk on the main floor for rest rooms and baby changing area.

    Wrigley Fielder · December 27, 2015
  • Nicole z.

    AMAZING PLACE! Fun for all ages!

    Nicole znu · December 26, 2015
  • Giang P.

    Such an amazing place with free admission! I would definitely gonna check out the rides there.

    Giang Pham · December 25, 2015
  • Maggie M.

    Always a good time, but always crowded.

    Maggie MacG · December 25, 2015
  • Bradford R.

    If you have limited time in DC, this is a stop you should make.

    Bradford Riley · December 24, 2015
  • Aditya A.

    touch the moon! see things that really went in to space

    Aditya Ambadkar · December 24, 2015
  • Dimka P.

    Best museum ever! Many interactive installations. And Moon Rock!

    Dimka Pronik · December 24, 2015
  • Emma M.

    Even though it costs money, the planetarium is definitely worth it

    Emma McTague · December 22, 2015
  • Byron W.

    My favorite exhibit is always anything space related. It's incredible that humanity has achieved that level of exploration. Here's hoping for the future!

    Byron Wilkes · December 18, 2015
  • Rachel K.

    IMAX Theater

    Rachel Kulp · December 6, 2015
  • Iraisa J.

    Amazing experience, from air balloon to space shuttles. A must

    Iraisa Jones · November 28, 2015
  • Betony K.

    So many historic aircraft in one place - just amazing. A real celebration of human endeavours.

    Betony Kelly · November 25, 2015
  • Ricky A.

    Really cool museum, I think we all gravitated towards the space stuff, no pun. Would've paid to see this but glad all museums are free in DC.

    Ricky Alvarado · November 24, 2015
  • Markus T.

    Fantastic museum relating to air travel and space exploration. Very scientific and incredibly informative! A DC must!

    Markus Tarjamo · November 20, 2015
  • cansu u.

    Get an astronaut pen from the gift shop

    cansu ugurlu · November 13, 2015
  • Kirill K.

    For those who loves airplanes

    Kirill Kukuruza · November 8, 2015
  • Thanasis

    Join one of the free tours, they're frequent and totally worth it, guides very knowledgable too.

    Thanasis · November 2, 2015
  • Joe C.

    So many Asians with iPads! 😉

    Joe Cooper · November 1, 2015
  • Melissa E.

    Planetarium shows.

    Melissa Esposito · October 31, 2015
  • Marcello M.

    You have to try the air-combat simulator, it goes 360 degrees!

    Marcello Marchese · October 30, 2015
  • Otto F.

    All about the plane

    Otto Fitriandy · October 27, 2015
  • Nate M.

    Great aircraft on display

    Nate Mills · October 17, 2015
  • Jen I.

    If you love planes and outer space this is the place for you...!!!

    Jen Imbimbo · October 12, 2015
  • Ren W.

    Awesome place

    Ren W · October 8, 2015
  • Paula F.

    The planetarium is awesome!

    Paula Freire · October 8, 2015

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