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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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  • Gloria L.
    "Visit space shuttle Discovery in its new home!"(15 Tips)
    Alex L.
    "Enola Gay and the Discovery shuttle are the best pieces"(13 Tips)
    Leo C.
    "Discovery Space Shuttle and Blackbird were awesome!"(11 Tips)
    "Amazing displays and a sweet IMAX theater to watch Star Wars"(5 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.
    Upvoted Aug 20
  • Guido G.
    Guido GybelsSeptember 2
    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...
  • 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)
    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
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BainAugust 20
    In the back of the hangar you can watch the restoration work in progress. Definitely plan on spending a few hours here.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Christopher B.
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Sandra
    SandraFebruary 2, 2015
    Amazing museum, wear comfy shoes cause you'll be walking a lot. Wish there was food other than mcdonalds.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
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    ZenFoodster EatsFebruary 16, 2013
    The most awesome display of over 1400 historical aircraft & artifacts: Discovery space shuttle, & Enola Gay!
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    pOps 'April 8, 2015
    Free guided tours throughout the day! Totally worth visiting!
  • 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
  • Jamie P.
    Jamie PitmanJune 19, 2015
    Fun and informative. A mind-blowing collection of aircraft and memorabilia.Highly recommended!
  • Jared C.
    Don't skip the control tower. If the planes are landing from the south, they'll fly right by.
  • Susan B.
    Susan BMay 20
    We loved how open it is, and how you can get up close and personal to so much history!
  • 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
    Great place to visit even if the museum store's prices are outrageous.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GT W.
    GT WhyteAugust 10, 2015
    This place is incredible! Make sure to go on the $8 interactive simulator!
  • 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.
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