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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center

  • Gloria L.
    "Visit space shuttle Discovery in its new home!"(15 Tips)
    Leo C.
    "Discovery Space Shuttle and Blackbird were awesome!"(13 Tips)
    Alex L.
    "Enola Gay and the Discovery shuttle are the best pieces"(13 Tips)
    "This is a great venue for aviation lovers and aircraft junkies."(13 Tips)
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    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.
  • Jacob K.
    Jacob 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.
  • Guido G.
    Guido GybelsSeptember 2, 2016
    Truly A-list museum. Very easy to combine with flying from Dulles. I saw plane I was on later in the day land from the observation tower! Must sees are Blackbird, space shuttle Discovery, Enola Gay...
  • 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.
  • Maddie D.
    180+ airplane collection including a SR-71, Concorde, 707, homebuilts, commercial, and military aircrafts, as well as the Discovery Shuttle. It's quite amazing! Only food option is McDonalds.
  • Pavel T.
    Pavel TcholakovDecember 10, 2016
    Loved this place! Really glad we managed to get to it in addition to the Air and Space Museum. SR-71 was the highlight for me but so much history around, it's really hard to pick a favourite.
  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29, 2016
    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)
  • 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!
  • IS K.
    IS KLEJanuary 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...
  • 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!
  • Donovan M.
    Donovan MaguiganDecember 21, 2016
    Be sure to dedicate a few hours to see as much as you can. It is packed with planes and crafts, but takes a good bit of time to see everything.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Wouter B.
    Wouter BlokApril 10
    This is one of the best museums if you're into aviation. Strap in tight for the dogfight sim! Huge IMAX 3d with awesome movies. And of course the Enola Gay, Discovery, SR71, Tomcat, Concorde.
  • Gina D.
    Gina DJanuary 27
    The shuttle Discovery, SR-71 Blackbird, and much of flight history. I can't believe it took so long to learn about this place. Only downside is $15/car parking. They always need volunteers, though!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Raghu G.
    Raghu GandikotaApril 12, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokMay 16, 2016
    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.
  • Missy G.
    Missy GalusJuly 7
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome museum right near Dulles. Every plane you can think of and a real space shuttle on top of that! A must for aviation enthusiasts of all ages!
  • Igor N.
    Amazing place! Be sure not to miss Korean&Vietnam and Cold War exhibit and also the Space Shuttle Discovery!
  • 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!
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan Liu2 weeks ago
    The observation tower is a little more hype than delivery. Definitely check out the Nazi aircrafts and some of their lack of landing gear. 😮
  • Linda K.
    Linda K.March 9, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Christine L.
    The layout of all the planes was super cool. The Discovery and Blackbird: super duper cool. Spent about 4 hr here including a 45 min IMAX film.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BainAugust 20, 2016
    In the back of the hangar you can watch the restoration work in progress. Definitely plan on spending a few hours here.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Stefan B.
    To find all this history under one roof is literally hard to conceive. Our world today has been dictated in no small part by these very aircraft (and now, spacecraft!) in this single location.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BuckleyAugust 31, 2016
    Time to kill at Dulles? See the Shuttle Discovery, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the Enola Gay. Best of all, there's quarter lockers for your carry-on bags
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Sandra
    SandraFebruary 2, 2015
    Amazing museum, wear comfy shoes cause you'll be walking a lot. Wish there was food other than mcdonalds.
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterFebruary 16, 2013
    The most awesome display of over 1400 historical aircraft & artifacts: Discovery space shuttle, & Enola Gay!
  • 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.
  • Alex L.
    Alex Lazo VasquezAugust 15, 2014
    Its a huge hangar with a lot of air and space history. Very impressive. Enola Gay and the Discovery shuttle are the best pieces
  • pOps &.
    pOps 'April 8, 2015
    Free guided tours throughout the day! Totally worth visiting!
  • Jamie P.
    Jamie PitmanJune 19, 2015
    Fun and informative. A mind-blowing collection of aircraft and memorabilia.Highly recommended!
  • 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
  • Karen L.
    Karen LopezApril 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Take a picture of you in front ofDiscovery. Make sure you go up the stairs to see her from there.
  • The Ramsbury Group
    The Ramsbury GroupJune 29, 2012
    Free parking after 4pm. Great place to roam on a hot day if you have a restless bunch of kids.
  • Susan B.
    Susan BMay 20, 2016
    We loved how open it is, and how you can get up close and personal to so much history!
  • Jim T.
    Jim TraisterJuly 28, 2012
    Definitely go to the bottom level and get a very worthwhile guided is free.
  • 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!
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellJune 8, 2016
    Don't skip the control tower. If the planes are landing from the south, they'll fly right by.
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn MillerAugust 10, 2014
    Everything. Do the tour, worth it. IMAX Hubble movie was fantastic.
  • GT W.
    GT WhyteAugust 10, 2015
    This place is incredible! Make sure to go on the $8 interactive simulator!
  • Sabrina R.
    Sabrina RamirezSeptember 6, 2015
    The super cool stuff is in the space part of the museum. I went here a long time ago.
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Dean H.
    Dean HutchinsJanuary 14, 2016
    Great place to visit even if the museum store's prices are outrageous.
  • Melissa Z.
    Melissa ZimmermanFebruary 2, 2015
    One of the coolest places out there, especially to see the shuttle
  • Kim C.
    Kim ComptonJuly 19, 2014
    If you're looking for hands-on exhibits for your kids stick with the museum in DC.
  • Peyton S.
    Peyton StarrAugust 2, 2013
    This is the perfect venue for putting your camera's panoramic feature to good use!
  • 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
  • Gaurav B.
    Gaurav BansalFebruary 23
    One of the best collections of airplanes and spacecrafy anywhere in the world.
  • Helena B.
    Helena BouchezDecember 17, 2011
    Admission is free but is 15 bucks to park. Very well worth it, though.
  • Betsabe P.
    Betsabe PardoOctober 21, 2015
    The flight simulator is awesome but it's some much more fun if ur the pilot instaed of the shooter
  • Timothy Charles Robert L.
    Absolutely mind-blowing. Hands down best museum I've ever visited.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CFebruary 18, 2016
    Great planes. Good place to take kids. Awesome view of Dulles Airport.
  • Kristin T.
    Kristin TangelApril 21, 2012
    Severely needs X-ray machines. If you parked on premesis, leave your bags in the car for a hassle-free entrance.
  • 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
  • Mark Gingell
    Mark GingellFebruary 21, 2013
    Don't bother with the simulator! Everything else is ace mind!
  • Cecilia D.
    Cecilia DoniganDecember 28, 2013
    Its a great time, lots to see and all for free. Bring $$ for the simulation rides.
  • Fresko
    FreskoJanuary 11, 2016
    Amazing displays and a sweet IMAX theater to watch Star Wars
  • Chris G.
    Chris GJanuary 8, 2012
    Home to SR-71A, serial number 61-7972. This Blackbird was also the basis for the Transformer "Jetfire" in the movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
  • Aaditya
    AadityaApril 23, 2016
    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.
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LongAugust 18, 2012
    The free tour was really interesting - highly recommend it!
  • Tom C.
    Tom CaswellJune 10, 2014
    Be sure to visit the control tower. Great view!
  • 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.
  • Karan M.
    Karan MainiNovember 23, 2014
    Must watch Fighter Pilot on IMAX, fantastic point of view shots of air combat training
  • 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
  • Steven N.
    Steven NicholsMay 6, 2016
    The IMAX theater is the largest screen on the East Coast
  • Virginia Tourism
    Virginia TourismJanuary 20, 2012
    The newest bird to hit the hangar? You don't want to miss it ... Space Shuttle Discovery!
  • Desirae D.
    Desirae DeitterickAugust 30, 2011
    Definitely go up the observation tower. Really awesome views of aircraft landings.
  • 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
  • Rick H.
    Rick HerrickJune 1, 2011
    Monopods and tripods are not permitted, so save yourself a walk back to the car and leave it there!
  • Eugene P.
    Eugene PetrenkoSeptember 3, 2013
    Tuesday Volunteer Guides are there! Starts at 10.30. That was good
  • 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
  • Aleksandra A.
    Aleksandra ArcipowskaDecember 16, 2016
    Probably the best museum, I have ever been to!
  • Carlos M.
    Carlos MeymarApril 21, 2014
    Just awesome an incredible place worth the whole DC visit
  • Leo C.
    Leo CJanuary 2, 2016
    Discovery Space Shuttle and Blackbird were awesome!
  • Paul N.
    Paul NovareseNovember 24, 2015
    So awesome. Concorde, SR71, Space Shuttle and more under one roof.
  • lino b.
    lino brescia™November 21, 2014
    Worth the price. FREE.
  • 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
  • Scott A.
    Scott AmentaJune 23, 2012
    Don't bother with the observation tower, long line up and down for a view of the parking lot.
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LuJanuary 21, 2011
    Try the flight simulator, can seat two. Barrel rolls and loop-d-loops are so fun
  • Marcio N.
    Foi emocionante visitar o museu e ver de perto aviões tão marcantes na história da humanidade. Ver o ENOLA GAY de perto, apesar de tudo, foi bem marcante.
  • Giovanni C.
    Giovanni CorredorDecember 21, 2014
    La historia de la aviación en un solo lugar. Es incluso
  • Alex H.
    Alex HokuAugust 20, 2016
    Очень продуманный и интересный музей...👍👍👍
  • Stefania A.
    Stefania ArientiMarch 25, 2015
    Da non perdere un giro sul simulatore!
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