National Air & Space Museum

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by lgarcia45 on June 30, 2005

The National Air and Space Museum is supposed to be the most visited museum, not only in D.C. but in the world. After our visit, I think this is true. The museum highlights the development of Aviation and Space travel, including the role of Aviation in WWII. Although, like nearly all of D.C.'s museums, entry is free, IMAX movies are shown for a fee. We did not see any because they tend to induce motion sickness in me. Allow about 2.5 to 3 hours to see this museum. We arrived prior to opening time (10am) and entered the moment it opened, along with over 500 waiting people. Like most D.C. museums in the post-9/11 era, there is the security check.

The main hall features milestones in flight, including the actual Apollo 11 Command Module, the X-15 aircraft and the aircraft that circumnavigated the globe without stopping, the Voyager. The Wright flyer used to be front and center, but now is located upstairs in a more informative gallery dedicated to the Wright brothers. Other gallerys are devoted to the Apollo missions, the Hubble Space Telescope and the current Space Station. Kids will love this museum and the many hands-on features, including the chance to touch many artifacts, as well as a moon rock. There is a separate dining area with national fast-food retailers like McDonald's if you need refueling.

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Independence Avenue At 4th Street SW
Washington, DC

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