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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

    "gargantuan artifacts like the Space Shuttle Discovery & Enola Gay.."(14 Tips)
    Alex L.
    "Enola Gay and the Discovery shuttle are the best pieces"(11 Tips)
    Leo C.
    "Discovery Space Shuttle and Blackbird were awesome!"(9 Tips)
    "Amazing displays and a sweet IMAX theater to watch Star Wars"(5 Tips)
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  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29
    Forget all the other Smithsonians, this one is the bomb. *Hangars* full of awesome aerospace history, including a retired space shuttle! (Also: largest IMAX screen in Virginia was great for Star Wars)
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokMay 16
    Highlights include the Discovery space shuttle and the observation tower with views to the Blueridge Mountains, Sugarloaf Mountain, and planes landing and taking off in Dulles airport.
  • Aaditya
    AadityaApril 23
    The Journey to space 3D was just okay. The Living in the age of Airplanes was really good, but they it's in 3D and not 2D, no glasses were provided.
  • Raghu G.
    Always amazes me. This is my 2nd visit. Not crowded. The guides are very knowledgeable. You will definitely learn something for the day be it on American history or aviation.
  • Linda K.
    Linda K.March 9
    An extension of the National Air and Space Museum, drive here for fewer crowds and an impressive display of aviation and space artifacts, including the space shuttle Discovery.
  • J K.
    J KrallDecember 30, 2015
    Why you're here: SR-71 Blackbird & Space Shuttle Discovery. These titans are in line with the entrance so you'll find them first. Stick around and the other, less famous craft will reward you as well.
  • Al C.
    Al CarrollSeptember 2, 2015
    Largely a great museum. The huge exception is the Enola Gay exhibit, the plane used to drop the A bomb, which still refuses to discuss whether it was right to do so. Go after 4PM for free parking.
  • Shreyas V.
    Shreyas VenugopalanAugust 21, 2015
    This is the companion museum to the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall. Come here to see the space shuttle Discovery and the Enola Gay
  • Josh W.
    Josh WitmerJuly 15, 2015
    Went to watch Jurassic World in IMAX but before the movie toured around the museum. It's so cool to see all the planes and space craft they have on display.. And it's FREE!
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardJune 22, 2015
    If crunched for time, skip the observation deck and go marvel at all the planes and, of course, the shuttle. Staff is knowledgable and friendly! They helped me locate my Uncle's plane.
  • Heru M.
    Heru MafudiJune 13, 2015
    Come here early to get your IMAX tickets and get good lighting for photos. Also, Dulles airport is nearby so it's a good place to plane spot as well.
  • Dawn
    DawnFebruary 20, 2015
    Very cool museum and knowledge & friendly staff. But McDonald's? As an educational institution geared towards children, I find this incredibly irresponsible. Especially as no outside food is allowed
  • Sandra
    SandraFebruary 2, 2015
    Amazing museum, wear comfy shoes cause you'll be walking a lot. Wish there was food other than mcdonalds.
  • Israel K.
    Israel KleinJanuary 21, 2015
    This is hands down one of the very best museums in the country. The sheer size and scope of the exhibits is amazing. Great for kids, aside from McDonald's being the only food choice...
  • Fairuz M.
    Fairuz MaggioJanuary 17, 2015
    Really cool supplement to the one in DC but with a much larger display of planes from all eras. Also after 4pm parking is free!
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
    Try our new alternate reality game, TechQuest! Every weekend 10:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Claude Moore Education Center. Read more
  • Richard E.
    Richard EfthimDecember 26, 2014
    Better than the downtown museum if you all me. Not crowded lots of parking ($15). Digital IMAX Theater. Space shuttle very cool. Observation deck where you can watch Dulles Airport traffic.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CaswellJune 10, 2014
    Great museum to visit, close to Dulles airport. Space shuttle Discovery, SR-71, Enola Gay, etc. Shuttle to/from IAD airport (door 2E) every 45 min. $2 RT fare. They even have lockers for your luggage.
  • DZalumni
    DZalumniJanuary 24, 2014
    If your staying down town head over to L'Enfant Plaza & take the 5A to Dulles for $6.00 each way. Get in the Dulles 2 Dulles connector for $1.00. Worth the $7.00 to see the vast collection of planes.
  • Jules B.
    Jules BartowJanuary 16, 2014
    Park in the CIA'S Dulles Discovery Visitors parking lot and walk across Rte 28 bridge to save $15 parking. Warning. CIA armed guards approved to commit assault and battery against tourists.
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NewlandNovember 7, 2013
    Fabulous museum! View of the flights coming into IAD is gorgeous in the fall from the observation can also listen to ATC, gift shop has great aviation memorabilia including Pan Am bags!
  • Lexi H.
    Lexi HaJuly 26, 2013
    Definitely a great museum to see. Plenty to learn and see. Museum is free, only had to pay for parking. But definitely worth the trip. It has items that don't fit in the DC museum.
  • Tony C.
    Tony ComerfordJuly 22, 2013
    This is one of the best museums, I've been to. Plenty of exhibits, and all tastefully arranged, and well themed. This is a must visit.
    This museum housed in two retired hangars has room for 169 aircraft & 152 large space can get up close & personal with gargantuan artifacts like the Space Shuttle Discovery & Enola Gay.. Read more
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DayMay 29, 2013
    Don't miss the model from Close Encounters of the Third Kind by the shuttle. Look for r2d2, a graveyard, and other items hidden on it. Airport tower was ok but I would skip if the lines are long.
  • Harjit
    HarjitMay 1, 2013
    This is a great venue for aviation lovers and aircraft junkies. Aircraft of all types and several in the history books are found here. This is a well designed and well stocked museum.
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
    See the Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103), Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Concorde, and Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay." Visit the Observation Tower to do some plane spotting! Read more
  • Jesus R.
    Jesus RodriguezMarch 28, 2013
    It's FREE except it costs $15 to park. Also there's a McDonald's onsite and not much places to eat nearby. Checkout the air traffic control tower to see what it's like to be an air traffic controller
    USA TODAYMarch 5, 2013
    In addition to the Boeing Aviation Hangar with historic aircraft of all types, you can also see spaceships and rockets, including the Space Shuttle Discovery. Don't miss the SR-71, either.
  • ZenFoodster Eats
    ZenFoodster EatsFebruary 16, 2013
    The most awesome display of over 1400 historical aircraft & artifacts: Discovery space shuttle, & Enola Gay!
  • Susan B.
    Susan BaileyDecember 27, 2012
    They did a phenomenal job with the aircraft displays and information! In other ways they fell short- accessibility issues for the handicapped. Elevators too few and far between.
  • Susan B.
    Susan BaileyDecember 27, 2012
    McDonalds is the only choice for lunch- and it takes too long to get simple food. For a place that seems to serve so many people how could they have only one option for food and such a small venue?
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherDecember 26, 2012
    Far outside the city, but a great museum (and in my opinion way better than the Air & Space Museum on the Mall). Worth a visit if you can make it there!
  • Visit Fairfax
    Visit FairfaxSeptember 19, 2012
    Udvar-Hazy has one of the largest collections of aviation and space artifacts in the world. Don't miss the Space Shuttle Discovery, SR-71 Blackbird, flight simulators, guided tours, & the IMAX movies!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OAugust 25, 2012
    Be sure to take your time and read all of the plaques. Sometimes even the most normal-looking planes have fascinating stories.
  • Visit Fairfax H.
    Visit Fairfax HQJuly 3, 2012
    You can visit NASA's historic Space Shuttle Discovery here at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. It arrived to Fairfax County in April and is now being displayed in the McDonnell hangar.
  • Vincent K.
    Vincent KnausJune 16, 2012
    This is a great place to go and look at some great aviation exhibits, take in an IMax film or watch airplanes land from a control tower.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    The museum features scores of air- and space-related artifacts, including Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb, and retired Space Shuttle Discovery. - June issue 2012
  • Cherie W.
    Cherie WhippleMay 29, 2012
    Either eat before you go or except long lines at the McDonald's. 40 minutes in line for lunch at Mickey D's...really? Expected better process. The NASM is amazing, however, and worth the trip!
  • Kathy W.
    Kathy W.May 9, 2012
    This place is awful if you're a vegetarian and you need to eat. There are no vegetarian entree selections!! They need to do better!
  • CineTechNews
    CineTechNewsAugust 21, 2011
    Check out the great collection of aerospace cameras and catch a film in the IMAX theater. Awesome trip for camera buffs. Oh, and an incredible collection airplanes as well. Read more
  • Michael L.
    Michael LaineJune 29, 2011
    If they are having a special event, the center closes at 5:30. Ask when you enter. We did not have warning, and only had 45 minutes. Too short.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 23, 2011
    Did you know? The original name for the Enterprise shuttle was to be Constitution; however passionate Star Trek viewers held a write-in campaign asking the White House to instead name it Enterprise. Read more
  • Air Transport World
    Learn more about industry veteran Mr. Steven Udvar-Hazy, the building's namesake, who donated $65 million for the facility, and led its fundraising drive which raised approximately $250 million. Read more
  • Jim W.
    Jim WJune 4, 2011
    Actually better than the Air & Space museum in the National Mall. The SR-71 and Shuttle are great along with a vast fleet of other arial artifacts. Read more
  • Justin P.
    Justin PischkeNovember 24, 2010
    The maps aren't acurate when it comes the small movable displays, but you will stumble across everything eventually. Look for all the hidden objects on the "Close Encounters" exhibit!
  • NASA
    NASAOctober 20, 2010
    The National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center became the new home for Space Shuttle Discovery, which retired after completing its 39th mission in March 2011. Read more
  • Rebecca F.
    Rebecca FahyJuly 29, 2010
    Check out the Udvar-Hazy Center. Free parking after 4 p.m. Open 'til 6:30 p.m. (until Labor Day, then back to 5:30 p.m. closing time.) Read more
  • Keith B.
    Keith BeckMarch 20, 2010
    There is so much to see, it can be overwhelming. Plan on catching the highlights tour (10:30 or 13:00) - it is well worth it. Read more
  • David C.
    David CoakleyNovember 7, 2009
    Incorrect entrance shown on Google map. Entrance is off of Rt 28 about 1 MI N of Rt 50. About 10 minute drive from Dulles Airport. Worth the trip if you have kids or free time. Read more
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