Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center
Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center
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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
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Hundreds of aircraft and spacecraft are on display in two massive hangars, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, and the Space Shuttle Discovery.
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  • Mili821
    Mumbai, India336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a museum!!
    A must visit place for all age groups. Its unimaginable the number and types of aircrafts that were there and its rich history. The space section was at its best! The whole experience was quite unique and wonderful. Half a day is sufficient for this place.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Camille M
    Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant - do a tour!
    Absolutely brilliant! Make this a must see. I happily spent a few hours here exploring and learning about some of the iconic exhibits. Can highly recommend the free guided tours to get the most out of your visit. Shout out to our guide Leslie was so knowledgeable and engaging.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 July 2023
  • EY_GlobeTrekker
    New York City, New York315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Air & Space Museum on earth - a Must!
    We visited DC downtown Smithsonian Air&Space Museum, Boeing plant in Seattle Washington, CT submarine museum, NYC Intrepid, which is already impressive, but none of those compare to THIS museum that literally houses everything from NASA Destiny, stealth planes, war planes from Germany and Japan (Kamakazi..), actual Concord plane, first plane flew by 1st African female at time when no one would instruct, and a whole lot more… We had the best curator, Veteran Larry, who taught us rich history about many displayed aircrafts. The free guided tour typically lasts 1.5 hour but he offered us optional extra hour and would have so much more stories to tell. Their IMAX is huge with many seats! Skip the line for tower observation though, nothing much to see up there. This Museum is a must see. Top 50 in the World!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • BurkertJ
    Maryland33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good spot for all
    A visit to this air and space museum extension. Where the big stuff is! Wonderful exhibit, as usual almost too much to take in on one visit. Dividdd into three areas: military, commercial, space. Mil: SR51 and a lot of fighter nets, huge inventory. commercial: Concorde, Lockheed constellation. Many others And the Enola Gay. Space: shuttle, rocketry, satellites, mercury and other capsules. Free entry. Parking $15. They have multiple simulators to pay to ride in. Some very old original pieces from 1900s. I asked where was the DC3. Guide didn’t know. Looked it up. It’s hanging from the ceiling downtown. They offer tours, there is an I-Max theater. Very cool place, not real crowded, summer weekday. Saturday- Sunday , traffic better but surely bigger crowds. Shack shack- only restaurant. $100+ for five, burgers and fries. Took 40 minutes to get our food. Burned burgers. Skip it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Jane B
    Weymouth, United Kingdom112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum for the whole family, so interesting
    I took my two young sons to this museum quite a few years ago and they loved it. We took them back again this year as 16 and 18 year olds and they still loved it, as did we. There are so many interesting exhibits and it's really good value, Good café too though the line was pretty long at lunch time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • DocAdvil
    195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Seeing the Enola Gay Makes the Museum Worth It.
    Fantastic facility with hundreds of aircraft. I went to see the Enola Gay and the space shuttle Discovery specifically. This is a spacious museum and not too crowded. It's free, but parking is $15. Highly recommended for any airplane enthusiast. Outstanding.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Jackie K
    Oro Valley, Arizona83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Air and Space Museum Near Dulles Airport
    So many amazing aircraft and spacecraft! Space Shuttle Discovery, the Enola Gay, Blackbird SR-71, the Concorde, dozens of aircraft from WWI, WWII, Vietnam and beyond, Mercury and Gemini capsules, the Goodyear Blimp (without the blimp part!) There is also a control tower to watch planes landing at Dulles airport plus an IMAX theater with multiple shows. There are several volunteers giving in-depth stories and information about some of the most important displays such as the Enola Gay and Blackbird SR-71. While the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on the National Mall is also amazing, we enjoyed this one even more! It is also free and does not require tickets. It was all so great!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Marie T
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The better air and space museum
    Spent an entire afternoon here. So many awesome place and spacecraft. Our highlight was the Discover space shuttle. This museum was my fiancés and I favorite riate part of our DC shift seeing trip. Admission is free but parking is a reasonable $15.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Diana D
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well curated and impressive aircraft collection
    An absolute must! A huge collection of different aircraft, to include the Discovery Space Shuttle, the Concorde, and so much more. It's all very visible, close up, and good descriptors to help you understand what you're looking at. The collection is w/o parallel. The simulators were fun but you have plenty to do w/o the extras. So glad we took the time to see this museum.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Faience44
    Ottawa, Canada1,156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astounding collection of aircraft
    This is an extraordinary place and a must-see for any aviation enthusiast. They have a wide collection of aircraft from the start of the 20th century, including Concorde, the Enola Gay, some German World War 2 planes I didn’t know anyone had an example of. I could easily have spent most of the day here.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 November 2023
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Av8trx90277
Redondo Beach, CA81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We were a mixture of two non-pilots and one avid pilot and aerospace lover (me) who visited together, first time for all of us and all agreed that it’s a beautiful, impactful, important museum. We spent over 3 hours and dug into the exhibits, then spent a lot of time sharing memories and impressions at home. But there are glaring problems that need to be fixed for such a prominent and important museum. The informational signage is so weak and thin. Very few aircraft even have identification. Some really important features aren’t even mentioned. We rented audio guides that don’t add very much and those aren’t in any special order. There are only maybe 25 items covered by the audio guide. This museum has hundreds of volunteers and docents who are extremely knowledgeable, cant someone dig up the money to create more information? Last gripe Is food. McDonald’s really? It was a slow Sunday at 1:30 and they have a line of about 50 people waiting to get their burgers order called by a soft voice in a really noisy space. One friend is vegetarian and couldn’t find a single thing to eat, not even a candy bar. They can do better.
Written 15 February 2020
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Chris L
Niles, MI773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This Smithsonian museum has some "anchors" that include the Concorde, the Discovery space shuttle, the Enola Gay and the SR-71 Blackbird. But intermingled with these larger-than-life objects are small planes and helicopters and prototypes and gondolas and rockets, etc, etc. Even some planes from Nazi Germany. The displays are impressive with good identifying information about them posted and easy to read. A catwalk allows a different view and an elevator can take you to the elevated walkway if stairs are a problem. A nice gift shop is located near the entrance/exit. The admission is free, but you will have a $15 parking fee payable at a kiosk near the entrance. Expect to spend some time here.
Written 25 January 2020
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HolgerG909
Dubai, United Arab Emirates483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
The prime focus of the museum is aircraft that played an important role in aviation, like the famous SR-71, B29 Enola Gay, Concorde, the first B707 "Dash 80", Space Shuttle Discovery, to name a few.
There are special exhibitions, at the moment it's rare German WW2 aircraft.
A really enjoyable experience. Free entrance, visitors need to pre register through the website for a specific time slot.
Written 13 June 2021
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dreamergirl4686
South Salem, NY339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
There are many different planes to see throughout the entire museum. The center is large and the floors are very hard, so bring shoes that are comfortable. After walking around for an hour your feet start to feel it. There are many interesting nooks and crannies to explore, such as the area you can watch restorations of planes. The tower is also a must see to watch the planes take off and land at IAD. Consider going on Sunday's after 4 pm since the parking is free then.
Written 15 January 2020
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630clem
Gettysburg, PA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Age is no barrier this place is fantastic for young and old alike. To much to see and to much to do to list it all. Kids to Grand parents will enjoy the day or a few hours at one of our country's finest museums.
Written 11 February 2020
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MCKD20
Dublin, Ireland157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We had a few hours to spare before flying out of Dulles Airport so we decided to check out this place. Bus 983 runs every 20 minutes between IAD and the museum and only takes 10 minutes to get you there. Although the bus costs $2 each way, the museum has free admission and is very amusing. We loved seeing the Concorde and Space Shuttle Discovery particularly. The only annoying part was the thorough search of our suitcases as we entered the museum - since we were leaving them in the lockers provided, we found the messy inspection to be quite unnecessary. Apart from that, the place is great - the ideal thing to do if you have a long layover at Dulles.
Written 27 January 2022
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BoyMom4ever
Leesburg, VA125 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This museum is wonderful and we have been several times. Now that my son is 4 however, it’s not engaging for kids 5 and under. It’s a museum. Meaning you look at stuff. That’s it. The only engaging thing is to ride the airplane, but it’s a half hour wait or more, for a one minute experience. They had storytime for little kids and a coloring activity after. However, a lot of the kids lost interest because you couldn’t hear the man telling the story. A simple microphone would have helped wonders. I also believe there should be people in costume walking around; like robots and space people. My 4 yr old wanted to climb in the planes and the spacecrafts. Can you blame him? How fun would it be if there was a blow up space craft that kids could climb in. You could even charge families! It’s boring for kids my sons age because it’s not engaging. All you do is walk around and see airplanes. I also think there should be another choice of restaurant besides McDonald’s. With just a few improvements, you would see even more families with kids under 5.
Written 21 January 2020
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lorrieb543
Houston, TX52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This museum is free (except for parking!), It is among my favorites in the entire world. You are literally in an airplane hangar surrounded on all side by planes, engines, rockets, helicopters, you name it! You can also go up to an observation tower that makes you feel as if you were in the Control Tower. Your visit involves a lot of walking, but everything is handicapped accessible. I was fortunate enough to go with my son, an aeronautical engineer, so I got a lot of information from him that I really enjoyed. The museum does offer guided tours, so take advantage of that if you can. My favorite part was the workshop where you can see people actually working to restore planes. There are also IMAX type movies, but we did not go to that part. If you go, arrive early, before there are a lot of people and you can enjoy the immensity of the place without distraction. There is also a McDonald's on site because you will be hungry when you finish the visit. And, of course, a gift shop.
Written 22 January 2020
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Chris P
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A friend of a friend told us about this place - we had no idea it existed and were so pleasantly surprised. We went on a nice Sunday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded and so many great planes to see. Lots of history here - my 10 year old was just enthralled by so many of the planes and facts about them. Free entrance but parking is 15 bucks.
Written 3 February 2020
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shields1954
Tuscaloosa, AL237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
I like this spot better than the Smothsonian Air and Space Museum downtown. It is larger so I could move around. A huge display of flying machines ranging from the Enola Gray to the Discovery shuttle. Early planes are at eye level and above. I recommend this spot for all ages. Our group was grandparents, parents, and a 7 year old. Everyone was happy. Make a reservation as they are controlling the number of visitors entering at a time.
Written 27 September 2020
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