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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."(18 Tips)
    John E.
    "Apollo 11 module remake at the entrance."(18 Tips)
    Cindy S.
    "from the Wright Brothers to space ships!The Imax movies are great!"(14 Tips)
    Jaim E.
    "Great museum, and the planetarium is also amazing!"(14 Tips)
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  • Iraisa J.

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

    Iraisa Jones · 2 days ago
  • Sarah D.

    Great museum

    Sarah Driscoll · 5 days ago
  • Betony K.

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

    Betony Kelly · 6 days ago
  • 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 · 1 week ago
  • Markus T.

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

    Markus Tarjamo · 1 week ago
  • cansu u.

    Get an astronaut pen from the gift shop

    cansu ugurlu · 2 weeks ago
  • Kirill K.

    For those who loves airplanes

    Kirill Kukuruza · 3 weeks ago
  • Thanasis

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

    Thanasis · November 2
  • Joe C.

    So many Asians with iPads! 😉

    Joe Cooper · November 1
  • Melissa E.

    Planetarium shows.

    Melissa Esposito · October 31
  • Marcello M.

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

    Marcello Marchese · October 30
  • Otto F.

    All about the plane

    Otto Fitriandy · October 27
  • Nate M.

    Great aircraft on display

    Nate Mills · October 17
  • Jen I.

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

    Jen Imbimbo · October 12
  • Ren W.

    Awesome place

    Ren W · October 8
  • Paula F.

    The planetarium is awesome!

    Paula Freire · October 8
  • Bavo C.

    A must visit if you go to the Mall.

    Bavo Cumps · September 30
  • Stephanie R.

    Look for the interactive stations and exhibits - some great opportunities to learn about space travel

    Stephanie Richter · September 26
  • Victor H.

    It's amazing. Must see

    Victor Holladay · September 24
  • kahlocalderon

    Free admission and lots to learn! Great for families and those interested in aircrafts

    kahlocalderon · September 23
  • Virginia B.

    Historic displays

    Virginia Bettinelli · September 19
  • Steven V.

    Totally love it! The museum is stunning, everything is organized in a fun way. A great place to learn and have fun.

    Steven Vega · September 16
  • Edward H.

    Come early and go to the Virginia site.

    Edward Hodge · September 13
  • Chase W.

    Gotta check out the space shuttles. Discovery is huge!!

    Chase Woodford · September 11
  • Katarina K.

    Get a tour with Robin Erskine. You could fill an entire series of encyclopedias with the stuff he knows. Best tour I've ever had!

    Katarina Katsma · September 4
  • Mayra  .

    Is the best museum in DC

  • Chris D.

    If you only have time to do one Museum, this is the one to go to. If you have time the one at Dulles is even better!

    Chris Dawson · August 28
  • Vincent D.

    It's free and a lovely experience for kids

    Vincent De Wit · August 27
  • Nathaniel E.

    It's the most popular museum in DC, second most popular in the world (after the Louvre). Definitely go on off hours.

    Nathaniel Eliason · August 23
  • John E.

    I absolutely love the historical modules they have there and especially the flight simulations they were so much fun and I love how they have the Apollo 11 module remake at the entrance.

    John Eich · August 21
  • Fredrik O.

    Great stuff for the entire family

    Fredrik Olasveengen · August 14
  • Ariel S.

    A little dated

    Ariel Shalev · August 13
  • Andy Z.

    Awesome all I can say

    Andy Zophy · August 4
  • Val E.

    Enjoyed the entire place

    Val Elsheikh · July 27
  • Daniel M.

    Better for a children than adults. Houston space museum is much better

    Daniel Mokin · July 25
  • James Z.

    Crowded, but to be expected in tourist-heavy DC. Plenty of intriguing exhibits, give yourself plenty of time!

    James Zimenoff · July 24
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    As you explore, make sure you pay a visit to The Spirit of St. Louis, the world famous aircraft that took Charles Lindbergh on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927.

    The Ritz-Carlton · July 22
  • Lydia S.

    Very cool and fun for all ages!

  • Tony S.

    Always packed and not as good as I expected.

    Tony Stark · July 15
  • Matt

    Go to the bathrooms upstairs. They are less crowded.

    Matt · July 14
  • Ashley H.

    This place was awe-mazing

  • Brett G.

    Nerd heaven. I love everything about this place.

    Brett Garwood · July 11
  • Caio Weil V.

    Needless to say that is the best museum in DC. At least for the engineers like me..

  • Nicolas P.

    Best museum ever.

    Nicolas Padula · July 9
  • Victor R.

    Great museum, mandatory visit if you are in DC

    Victor Ramirez · July 8
  • Mark B.

    Probably 2nd most popular Smithsonian.Free to public, but IMAX costs $12, but significant discount if you get Smithsonian membership which is only $12 for whole family.Check out the Flight Simulators.

    Mark B · June 29
  • Glaelis S.

    Love this museum! One whole day is not enough here! There's too much to see!!!

  • Daniel S.

    This was an awesome place. I have to come back here.

    Daniel Santiago · June 27
  • Guerrera De Pelo C.

    I love the fly simulator! You turn completely in your seat.

  • Mike D.

    Spirit of St. Louis. Don't forget to touch the moon rock.

    Mike Davis · June 23

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