National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Free time-entry passes are required. Please see the Museum's website for information. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • L'Enfant Plaza • 4 min walk
  • Federal Center SW • 7 min walk
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  • Loveslife7106
    Louisville, Kentucky106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Timed entry so make reservations early
    Make sure to get your reservations in advance! We had a 3:00PM entry. They will not let you in early. The line begins forming and gets long but moves rapidly. Once inside, get a map and take in all of the amazing history. The attractions are well thought out and there is plenty of room to see everything, including the planetarium. Large tour groups of kids were there, but that's expected.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Mili821
    Mumbai, India336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book in advance!
    We missed checking that tour needs to be booked in advance, at least a day or two. Thankfully it was a weekday and we managed to get evening slot. Do remember to reach at least 30 mins before your slot and waiting line is huge! Museum is amazing and will typically need more than half a day. So plan accordingly.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Juker-Brx
    Brussels, Belgium90 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enter early, stay all day!
    Very good collection of flying apparatus, from a plane of the Wright brothers to spacecraft. We stayed from 11 am until closure. If you can get early day entrance tickets, go for it! Two huge parts of the museum are closed for renovation at the moment though: everything related to WW1 and WW2, also jet engines and water bound airplanes. If you are interested in those, wait until next year. Explanations given are well done. There are often guides who do small experiments to explain things. We liked the planetarium a lot. What could be improved? The cafeteria is a plastic waste hell. Why not invest in a dish washer and hand out reusable dishes. If you fly you can see that earth is precious- and resources are finite.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • flo220
    New York City, New York349 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exhibits are interesting but limited due to renovation
    The museum is undergoing a major renovation and as a result only some of the exhibits are open. Those that are open are good if you are interested in space travel, planets or flights. But it is a lot less than what was there before the renovation. We also enjoyed the planetarium show. Entry is free but you do need to make timed reservations in advanced.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • pickyreviewerguy
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent exhibits for curious young minds but eat around the corner.
    Great place for kids. Revamped exhibits have something for everyone. I learn something new every time I go there. Makes science accessible to young minds. The love celebration of war machines required some explanatory conversations. Gift shop is an excellent place to go gift shopping for kids’ birthdays, end of year or whatever. My new favorite hack is the Corn Factory truck that parks most weekdays at the l’enfant plaza metro exit two blocks away. Food is amazing and much cheaper and higher quality than the offerings on the museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • ddpayton89
    Taylorsville, North Carolina14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting...especially for kids.
    We were in DC for a short time so we had to make decisions on what we actually wanted to see while there. There are so many museums that we wanted to visit and the Air and Space Museum was high on our list. My husband especially is interested in anything air related. The Wright Brothers exhibit was very interesting and well done. We are from NC so we have a special place in our hearts for them. As 9th graders Kitty Hawk was THE field trip to go on. A good bit of the museum was closed off for renovations. I'm sure it will be great when it is finished but it does make the building seem crowded in places. The store takes up more space than many of the exhibits...along with the cafe. Seeing that it is free entrance I guess they have to make their money up somehow. The museum is laid out well with escalators and stairs easily found. It seemed to be geared more towards children than adults. The staff member manning the entrance was rude and condescending. Everyone that I came across that worked there seemed to wish to be anywhere else. No smiles or pleasant attitude from those employees. I think this is a great museum if you have children . This would be a must see. For myself I wish I had chosen another for this trip. One other plus...This museum has more than adequate restroom availability. They are easy to find and like the rest of the museum very clean. That is certainly not always the case in similar places.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Mano T
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mixed currently
    The museum was undergoing extensive renovations. Some of the exhibits were excellent, original and thought provoking but don’t go there for a lot of them because I suspect that right now they may be elsewhere. What was most interesting was the educational displays, explaining the science of man’s mechanical achievements. At the moment, I saw some very bored irritable young kids (below 10 years) . Teenagers were however very much engaged.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Dragonex
    Washington DC, District of Columbia110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful exhibits
    Always amazed at the exhibits and tons of information. Too bad large segments of museum was closed for renovations. Missed the IMAX theatre. Place was crowded and timed passes needed. Mars Cafe could offer better food options. Also crowded to find seating.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Mackenzie H
    Branchburg, New Jersey12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reserve spot online!
    Make sure to reserve your time online or get there early for tickets. Portion of the museum was closed for renovation, but still a lot to see. My six year old and 9 year old thought it was very interesting. Even tho we had reservations it was pretty crowded inside the museum and cafe has over priced snack food. We got food from the food trucks outside, make sure to not pay 7.00 for an ice cream cone!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Mickey5412
    Edgerton, Wisconsin19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best museum
    Even though half of it is closed it is still worth a visit. There is so much to see in this museum. Especially if you like air and space. The Museum is clean and well laid out. The bathrooms are also well cared for.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
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SeashellSC
Coastal South Carolina, SC140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Very disappointed as a lot of the exhibits are longer available while renovations are undergoing. WWII memorabilia no longer at this location. Seems lots of items and artifacts are now at Dulles while renovations are underway. Parents take note. Make sure you have timed tickets before you head over to the museum. Gift shop is right at the entrance. The Wright Brothers, Space Exploration, and Race Cars/Speed section are the main components at this location. Imax theater still in the museum.
Written 8 July 2024
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was amazing seeing the actual plane the Wright Brothers flew on the world's first flight, and the actual space suit Neil Armstrong wore on his landing on the moon!

While half the museum was under renovation, it still packed a punch and delivered information of America's contribution to the advancement of air and space technologies! Plenty of NASA swag and since I visited before the eclipse, they gave away eclipse glasses too!

The gift shop included space snacks, and the ice cream sandwich wasn't bad actually! Worth trying that out! Next time I visit a space center, I might take more!
Written 1 July 2024
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Jaskel08
California321 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
The museum is very impressive…. from the history of aeronautics to space exploration to vehicular speed, there was a lot to see and do. The most impressive was the beginning, which described and showed how the original airplane came to existence……. Along with its evolution thereafter. The highlight was seeing Wilbur and Orville Wright’s original plane! Tickets are timed. Plan on being there at least 2-4 hours. The Air and Space was one of the highly recommended museums to attend by various family/mommy traveling website.
Written 29 June 2024
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Phil G
Washington DC, DC167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
Amazing museum!!! Must see when you visit DC!!! I visited primarily to see the original Star Trek Enterprise TV series studio model and was very impressed!!! It’s right there at the entrance immediately on the right. This is the actual restored model from the original 1966-1969 series. Hard to believe it aired for only 3 seasons. It’s housed in a large display case and is 11 feet long, the saucer is 4 feet 11 inches wide. Make sure to see the Enterprise at the top of the hour. Every hour on the hour for 5 minutes the lights turn. So watch at 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 on the hour any hour of the day when the ship comes alive!!! Looks amazing when the lights are on. Timed free tickets to the museum are available on line from the museum website. I went on a cold windy Sunday afternoon in January and it wasn’t busy. All the exhibits at this museum are fascinating. The destination moon wing is great!!! It’s a small museum with amazing stuff. You can easily see everything in an hour or two. Definitely visit The National Air and Space Museum.
Written 29 June 2024
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Kelli
Keller, TX1,356 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Between flight history and space exploration, there’s so much to see here! If you read everything you could really spend a ton of time here. If this is your kind of history or interest, make sure you see it! We also ate in the Mars Cafe on-site to avoid sitting in the sun with food truck food. At this point in the trip, air conditioning and shade were more important than price or quality. The lunch options are limited and it was expensive, but it did the job.
Written 24 June 2024
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Kimberly H
Colorado321 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
We heard a lot of great things about this museum and were able to get same day tickets online at 8:00 am when they release tickets for those that did not reserve ahead of time. I would recommend reserving in advance if you can. The exhibits that were open are well done. Our favorites were the Wright Brothers and the Space exhibits. We hadn't realized how much of the museum would be unavailable.
Written 24 June 2024
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I W
Leicestershire, UK322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited on a Saturday afternoon, booked in for 2.00. It was busy but not too crowded. We could have easily spent 4 hours looking around, but the museum closed at 5.00! There is so much in there and it is presented so well. The highlight for me was the exhibition on the Wright brothers.
Written 17 June 2024
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Ethan M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
It was so much fun!I would recommend this place a lot.It was so historical.I would go there every day!Thank you for reading my review.
Written 14 June 2024
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Kim C
La Crosse, WI832 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
This is a pretty fascinating place to visit, with lots of air planes and gear for you to see up close and personal. Lots of history to review and see how things have changed over time.
Written 12 June 2024
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GMH153
Widley, UK751 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
A visit to the National Air and Space Museum is a must when visiting Washington DC. Even though they are in the middle of refurbishment it is still many hours of enjoyment

They have moved many of the exhibits and created many new ones since my last visit. Destination Moon is a must following the American space race in one exhibit
Written 12 June 2024
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