National Air and Space Museum

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Africancrab Africanc…
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Fly Marines: Exhibit Celebrating the Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation Jun 27, 2012
Without a doubt, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC is one of the most exciting museums at the Mall. My family made a last minute decision to spend summer on the East Coast; Washington, DC to be precise. The intrigue was the many attractions and restaurants. Writing this review arose from one distinct question from my daughter as she walked through the museum looking intently, wishing she could touch the displays. ‘What is Smithsonian?’ and why is it that many museums on this street start with Smithsonian Mom? We had just come from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

The Smithsonian is an institution; an educational and research institute known to be associated with the world’s largest research and museums. It has 9 research centers, 19 museums and affiliated with more than 140 museums around the world. The museum the family was in features aviation and planetary explorations. Even if you do not like aviation, you will appreciated the effort put in by the museum to chart the amazing progress of an industry that went from flying a wooden craft to landing on the moon in as little as 65 years. There is a companion facility near Dulles Airport; the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center which offers much more, including the recent addition, the Shuttle Discovery, a Concorde, the first Boeing and the B-29 bomber Enola Gay.

All classes of travelers will find it engaging; travelers with family will enjoy many interactive activities including but not limited to the planetarium, and walking through the cockpits. Children may enjoy going through the many uniforms of soldiers from different countries around the world. Interesting to view also, are the different weapons and artillery used during wars around the globe, by different countries. Touching the moon rock brings with it the thrill and feeling of being an astronaut.

Between March 24 through September 0 4, the museum opening hours will be 10:00 am – 6:30 pm. On special exhibit is the Fly Marines: The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation (1912-2012). The artworks and artifacts in the exhibit tell the history of American aviation for the past century. The exhibit will run through January of 2013, giving you plenty of time to plan a visit there.

The Aircraft Exhibit: The Jet as Art runs through November 05, 2012 on the first floor, at gallery 104. It is an interesting exhibit featuring 33 archival pigmented photographs by Jeffrey Milstein. If you have never seen aircraft moments before it lands, you will love these photos; Jeffrey captures those moments just before landing, imprinting the image in your memory.

There are quite a few permanent exhibits; U.S.S. Starship Enterprise Model, Exploring the Planets, Sea-Air Operations, Welcome Center, Outdoor Sculptures, World War II Aviation, Milestones of Flight, Lunar exploration Vehicles, Apollo to the Moon, The Samuel P. Langley Gallery of Early Flight, Jet Aviation, The Golden age of flight, Looking at Earth, Voyager: around the World without a pit stop, Legend, Memory, and the Great War in the Air (WWI Aviation), How things Fly, Space Race, Explore the Universe, Voyage - A Journey Through Our Solar System to mention but a few. We did not go through all of them of course.

Perhaps the most exciting and crowded of the exhibitions was the “Moving Beyond Earth” permanent exhibit. Located on the East wing of the first floor, it explores the challenges and achievements of space flight in the United States. So many interactive stations for children and adults alike, making it the most visited and exciting of the exhibits. Take the children with you for an adventurous time at the museum.

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
One of the best free museums in the US Jul 11, 2010
When visiting DC, what's better than a free expedition through space? The National Air and Space museum is one of several free museums in DC and probably vies for title as one of the best with the Museum of National History. You have to wear your comfy shoes and be ready to walk.

At almost anytime of the year, but especially when the weather is warm, the museum is swarmed with children and students from all grades-it's mayhem. Eat before you get there, or, depending on how yout look at it, the money you have saved not paying for the museum, you could use to buy food. The National Mall is a great place to sit on a bench or sit int he grass and relax.

Go in and stick to one side, whether you're on the first or second floor. One side is mostly space and other is mostly space. When you're done, visit the gift shop, but set a limit before entering, you might go a little crazy. We bought way too much stuff. There is a downstairs in the gift shop.

EXTRA TIDBIT: If you have a car, head out to Virgina to the Udvar-Hazy something or the other, the Air and Space museum downtown has sooooo much stuff, that they had to have an extra hanger of stuff out there.
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tj1777 tj1777
378 reviews
Air and Space museum Oct 20, 2008
The Smithsonian institution is a great old institution originally funded by an English man who had never been to the USA. Today the National Mall in Washington is lined by several museums from the Smithsonian. One of the noteworthy once is the Air and Space museum.

Since it is a part of the Smithsonian the entrance fee is set at a very reasonable zero dollars. And you can just walk in from the street to enjoy the place. When you go to explore you got the option just to see the main highlights or spend a long time exploring the different exhibitions.

One great thing about the museum is - it has gathered all the main highlights - and put them in the same spot. This incidentally is the room you will enter if you go into the museum from the National Mall. In this room is the Spirit of Saint Louis (the first plane to cross the Atlantic non-stop), Glamourous Glennis - the first supersonic aircraft in the world, X-15 the fastest plane ever and the Apollo 11 space capsule. If you only interested in these things you don't have to spend more than a few minutes in the museum and you have seen them all.

If you want to learn more about the Wright brother's first flight, the exploration of space or what exactly a V1-rocket look like you can spend hours learning more about these things.
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jennjeff1 says:
We had a friend from England stop through to see all of Washington DC in 4 hours. We spent 1 hour in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and saw it all (very quickly!) before going outside to see all 3 branches of our government!
~Jeff (and Jenny)
Posted on: Nov 29, 2008
rotorhead85 says:
I only had 45 minutes to race through the place once - could easily spend days in here. Nothing inspires dreams and wonder more than airplanes!
Posted on: Nov 28, 2008
sylviandavid says:
This is a great display... David is wild about airplanes so we spent quite a bit of time there! nice review. sylvia
Posted on: Nov 28, 2008
bkretzer bkretzer
69 reviews
Best Air Museum in America! Jun 28, 2008
If you have even a passing interest in aviation or space travel the National Air and Space Museum is a must see! If you hate museums, you will still find something to your liking!

As soon as you walk into the grand entry hall, called Milestones of Flight, (Mall Entrance) you are instantly assaulted (in a good way!), by a cornucopia of aeronautical history. Hanging from the ceiling, daring you to actually believe it, is the Spirit of St Louis (the plane Charles Lindberg flew solo across the Atlantic), the Bell X-1 (the jet that Chuck Yeager flew to first break the sound barrier), and Columbia (the first craft to go to the moon and back, carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins). Plus you will find a display with a sliver of a moon rock, which you can actually touch. I believe this is one of only two places in the world (Kennedy Space Center) that you can do that.

This just gets you started. In the World War II Aviation gallery you will find the most famous fighters from three different WW II countries; the Spitfire, Messerschmitt, and Mustang.

This gallery is too small to hold the best known fighters from the entire war, so the Sea-Air Operations helps out. This gallery is a recreation of a US aircraft carrier (part of one, anyway) and in addition to the Wildcat and Dauntless dive bomber you can learn about an air craft carrier at the bridge, a recreation of a flight control center.

And it goes on and on; The Early Flight gallery with the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer; The Space Race gallery with German V-1 & V-2 missiles, plus a modern Tomahawk cruise missile; The Jet Aviation gallery with a ME-262 Swallow, the first jet fighter, and on and on and one. The Eveready Bunny has nothing on this museum.

It is open 364 days a year (Closed on Christmas) from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Admission is FREE! There is no parking and find a spot near the National Mall has lottery type odds. Take the Metro and get off at the Smithsonian stop and save yourself the headache.

Don’t miss this museum!
travelfan1963 says:
This is a great museum :)
Posted on: Oct 21, 2009
Shaon Shaon
24 reviews
A lots of Planes.. Jun 18, 2008
Here you can see everything from Wrights brothers machines to latest NASA thing. It is quit interesting museum, even I liked it and normally I couldn´s care less about all this machines. But here you can see for example Spirit of St. Louis, the plane which made first nonstop tranatlantic flight. You can see Apollo 11 command module and other space stuff obviously:D

There is planes from every decades and every sizes. And the exhibitions will change time to time. So there is always something new to explore.
arrie76 arrie76
1 reviews
Amazing Mar 17, 2008
Is really the place to go if you want to see the evaluation and conquest of the universe. Wen i was there (01-2002) it was free entrance.
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