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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  • youthminister
    Charlotte, North Carolina146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not Disappointed!
    This was the top museum or teens wanted to visit. They loved it! Very impressed with all exhibits, but our favorite was the Wright Brothers exhibit. Seeing there actual airplane was amazing. Love that they limit tickets because it prevented the museum from getting too busy and congested. We enjoyed the 2 planetarium shows; these do require a paid ticket. TIP: Be sure to reserve your FREE tickets online, for this museum, when planning your visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Scott H
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Now complete with an XWing!
    Went here today although I've been twice before. They have the Enterprise model and a life sized X-Wing, which is what I went back for. It's free but warning, you must have reservations to get in and it's not easy. Also, no museums open seemingly before 10 AM including this one. Makes it hard to do other things in the day. Also, DO NOT order from those food truck. 10 dollars for a bubble tea which was awful, and 10 dollars for an ice cream they said was Oreo but was worst than the cheapest brand ever made. NONE of it it good, all of it is expensive. inside the space museum, you'll see Wright brothers plane, Neil Armstrong's space suit, Apollo 11 Capsule and other interesting things.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Lenise B
    Minneapolis, Minnesota117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history of aviation.
    The history of aircraft and space exploration was amazing. From interactive displays to hulls of aircraft to moon rocks and dust to space rockets, the experience was great. The disappointing aspect was about 50% of the museum was closed for renovation.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • justalittlebitocd
    Melbourne, Australia577 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book in advance
    I can’t say this enough, when you come to DC plan out your trip and pre book your tickets. Too many places we have seen people miss out on tours because tickets are sold out so don’t chance just getting them on the day. I say this because when we arrived there was a big sign saying tickets were sold out which is astounding given the amount of people that were lined up just for our time slot . It’s very popular and it books out We were shocked at how long the line was for our time slot but wow does it move fast once they open the door for your allocated time . So don’t stress about getting there early or lining up too long , if you have your ticket you will be in before you know . Side note , if you rock up early they don’t let You into a different time slot Currently half the place is closed due to renovations but there is still plenty to see. I especially liked the space section. Seeing relics from moon landings etc was quite exciting for me My hubby could spend hours in a place like this so I managed to find seats while he investigated longer than me but all up I would suggest 2 hours is enough
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Southwest_Gaucho
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona1,235 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Half open and busy but still a nice visit.
    First time visiting the museum and discovered a few things. One, it's free to get in, however, you have to sign up online before going to get a ticket to get in on a certain day and time. Two, the museum is undergoing renovations so only half of the museum is open which was disappointing. What they had open was done nicely but a bummer that I'll have to return at a later date to see the other half of the museum. Went during the summer so it was extremely busy and not sure what the purpose of getting tickets beforehand was all about unless they try to determine how often people leave and control how many come in.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 July 2023
  • cooms2014
    Albany, New York117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum.... under construction
    Would have given it a higher score, but half of the museum is under renovation so we couldn't see everything. Everything is well displayed and labeled. I wish it flowed better, but with that many people it would be impossible. Very busy. You have to get timed tickets online (for free). We had an hour after the start of our time to enter so we waited until 10 minutes after the time to show up. We walked right in and did not have to stand in line.... always a plus when you have an autistic child!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Fleckney
    Fleckney, United Kingdom436 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book your visit on line
    This is the most popular of all of the museums and we did not realise that you have to book your visit. Fortunately, we were in Washington for a few days and managed to book a slot online for our last day in the capital. If we had known, we would have booked a slot, which is free, before we left home. Even after booking, there was a long queue outside on a very hot day - but it was worth the wait.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 6 July 2023
  • 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, India326 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, Belgium91 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
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Jay
Phoenix, AZ152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I visited the National Air and Space Museum with a friend and enjoyed my visit. The exhibits are cool and they have a handful of interactive ones with good information. I'm not personally that interested in aeronautics but I think it was still a good museum overall.
Written 8 May 2024
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1 437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My husband and I have long looked forward to seeing the National Air & Space Museum, at the Smithsonian. We have both always been fascinated with both airplanes and the space program, which we grew up with. We had limited time there because of the scheduling of our US History Tour. We totally enjoyed everything we saw there and could have spent all day there. Part of the museum was closed for repairs or renovation, so there were things we didn’t get to see such as the Spirit of St. Louis and other early airplanes, the space rockets, and many other exhibits. We did get to see the moon landing exhibits, The Wright Brothers, history of commercial air travel, and many other things. Things we particularly enjoyed were the moon landing exhibit and astronaut info in general. Being a big Star Wars fan, I was surprised to see Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing!! We also had a good lunch at the museum cafeteria. There was a security check upon entering the museum, and a timed-entry ticket is required (at no charge). I totally recommend this museum!
Written 6 May 2024
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MAC
London, UK152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
While is is a good museum the annex located close to Dulles airport is far superior. I was underwhelmed with this particular museum once I had visited the annex. It’s worth going to as the Apollo 11 capsule is there.
Written 6 May 2024
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Kate S
173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This museum is definitely the best of the air and space museums I've been to in the country. I recommend going to the top floor (planetarium, space exhibits, speed exhibit) and making your way down to the second floor (airplane exhibits and store). The first floor is just a store. The planetarium has your typical shows shown at almost every planetarium. Nothing really too special about it. However, the space exhibits go into lengthy detail about satellites and how they affect our everyday life, trips to the moon, rockets, etc. The speed exhibit talked about cars, motorcycles, boats. The airplane exhibits were actually my favorite part because they went into detail about how flight began, the different types of planes that had been used throughout history, and how flight has changed in the US over the last century. The museum was packed and more people seemed to crowd into the space area than the plane area. You will need timed entry tickets to get into the museum, so plan ahead! The tickets are free, though!
Written 2 May 2024
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Bryan O
Melbourne, Australia255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A fantastic experience, I am a big AG fan and I work in the industry so to get this close up to so many AG and to see the write ups in details was fantastic. I would say a must see for all AG enthusiasts .
Written 27 April 2024
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Megan
Corbin, KY38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This museum was awesome! Don't skip it when in DC! One of the employees told us about Big Bird in the Sky so we came back the next day and my toddler absolutely loved it! My only recommendation is reserve your tickets early because it's one of the few with a ticketed timed entry.
Written 22 April 2024
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Mark W
Indianapolis, IN146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Plan ahead and get reservations before you get to DC. Admission is free but they are doing timed entry for crowd control. If you go on the weekend like I did, the line queues around the building, but the line moves fast. This is a must see for anyone with an interest in the history of flight and space exploration! Many of the galleries are closed for renovation (April 2024), but still plan to spend a few hours here! Highlights for me include the Wright Brothers and Neil Armstrong’s space suit!
Written 21 April 2024
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jptruck
Boston, MA312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We ended up staying at the Air and Space Museum much longer than we planned, and that's because there's a ton to see! I'd say the museum is best for kids 8 and up, as there's a lot to read as well as see. The galleries are laid out well, each with their own area of focus. The moon exhibit, with all things related to moon missions, was my personal favorite. That's saying something because I thought I'd enjoy the Nation of Speed exhibit the most! Some of the planes suspended from the ceiling were there when I was a kid, but the museum has added some modern kiosks with games related to those planes overhead, and our kids liked those interactive displays. The Early Flight exhibit also offered a neat flying video game where you had to try and guide the plane through floating hoops.
Know that the food in the cafe in the basement is pricey but really quite good.
If you arrive about 15 minutes after your timed entry is scheduled to begin, you'll probably avoid waiting in the long line that builds up before each hour's timed entry period begins.
Written 20 April 2024
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jongable
Oakland Charter Township, MI759 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The exhibits are very dated and do not really teach something attendees do not already know. Why not have more hands on experiences with military aircraft no longer in use? Or more information about recent space exploration?
Written 17 April 2024
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK9 500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Currently the museum is undergoing renovation, so free online tickets need to be ordered to book a time slot for a particular date.
There are some large sections that are being renovated, but there is still plenty to see from the world of aviation and space travel.
It's a great way to spend a good hour whilst you are staying in Washington DC.
Although the queue may seem long for your time slot, it moves very swiftly.
Written 13 April 2024
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