Housing the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world, National Air and Space Museum features the Apollo 11 command module and the Wright Brothers' biplane that launched the age of aviation in 1903. View IMAX films, try a flight simulator, visit the planetarium, or just explore hundreds of air and spacecraft, plus thousands of smaller objects--including several spacesuits worn on the moon and a real lunar rock. The museum is a haven for fans of the history and science of aviation, spaceflight, geology, and geophysics. Check online or at the entrance for IMAX movie times, daily tours, and educational activities. For National Air and Space Museum and beyond, use our Washington DC vacation maker tool to get the most from your Washington DC vacation.
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National Air and Space Museum Reviews
We were really looking forward to visiting the museum. Unfortunately we were there when most of the exhibits were closed for refurbishment. We still enjoyed our time and of course, it is free. However... more »
We had a great visit. Every exhibit on point. Warning: Undergoing a very extensive renovation. Many of the exhibits are closed. But still, it's a must see. more »
We visited several of the Smithsonian museums while in Washington and the National Air and Space Museum was fantastic. It had something for all ages to see and was very educational. We spent a couple of hours in the museum, but could have stayed longer because there’s just that much to see. This and National Natural History Museum were the two best museums and they’re directly across the Mall from each other. Recommend you enter any of the museums your planning to visit from the street sides of the buildings (Constitution Ave for Natural History and Independence Ave for Space) versus the Mall side as the line ups to get in are much shorter. Definitely worth visiting while in Washington.
A bit crowded but very kid friendly with activities and games that the five-year-old twins I nanny absolutely loved. We made our own aircraft out of craft materials, created our own virtual rockets, looked through telescopes, and had a ton of fun just wandering around. Lines went quickly and staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Felt confident allowing the kids to explore a bit more openly as a lot of the museum has an open layout. Parking on the street wasn't too bad and only cost about $5 for two hours with less than a 5min. walk. Overall a great experience.
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