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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Address
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • L'Enfant Plaza • 4 min walk
  • Federal Center SW • 7 min walk
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  • 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
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • justalittlebitocd
    Melbourne, Australia612 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Southwest_Gaucho
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona1,232 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 5, 2023
  • cooms2014
    Albany, New York118 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Fleckney
    Fleckney, United Kingdom435 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 July 6, 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 July 20, 2023
  • Mili821
    Mumbai, India329 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
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I W
Leicestershire, UK303 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 June 17, 2024
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Ethan M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 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 June 14, 2024
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Kim C
La Crosse, WI830 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 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 June 12, 2024
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GMH153
Widley, UK650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 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 June 12, 2024
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ohiomrspj
Columbus, OH136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We enjoyed what we could see in the museum, but we’re disappointed at how many exhibits are closed right now. There is construction going on outside on one side of the museum. It’s good they had timed entry so that the long lines moved along as each group entered on the hour. It also did not seem too cramped or busy inside.
Written June 12, 2024
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828TJA
Everett, WA467 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We expected to be there several hours but stayed much longer, and that's a lot considering a significant part of the museum was closed off as they changed displays. When all the renovation is complete, plan to spend all day. There truly is a lot to see. We especially liked the detailed account of the Wright Brothers' lives, and telling about the Wright Sister, too.

The restaurant in the basement has simple foods like sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups along with various drinks including beer. The restaurant staff was pleasant, but several could be more on task. Sometimes workers behind the counters (never the cashiers who were always busy) were taking it easy instead of helping customers.

The planetarium show was like most other planetarium shows.
Written June 6, 2024
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Ulrik W
Lyon, France94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A truly stunning collection of historic artefacts from the world of Space and Aeronautics.
The building in itself is spectacular. The collection together with the sister collection at Dulles Airport is probably the finest in the world. A positive point is that it is not too big but what they display is off the absolute highest quality.
Written June 3, 2024
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Pwaynez
65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fantastic air and space exhibits. Some of the coolest things made available for display include used shuttle parts, Neil Armstrong suit, Alan Sheppard suit, Wright Brothers full room display and planes, and multiple other things we quite enjoyed. Highly recommend, need advance tickets to enter.
Written May 29, 2024
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John T
Huddersfield, UK73 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Clearly a busy attraction judging by the requirement to book in advance and queue for a while (which unfortunately was on the hottest day of our trip) without shade. Security was quick and fairly painless. It wasn’t clear if there was a certain way to go around the museum, as the numbers of the sections didn’t seem to be in a particular order. There might have been a guide online or in the museum that made this clearer, but it wasn’t obvious to me. No audioguide?
The most interesting exhibit (for me) was the Wright flyer, and I would have to say that this section alone scored the two stars. Unfortunately it just didn’t seem to go into the same level of detail elsewhere. I was ready to leave after an hour tbh.
I will say that this could be because of the building works that are being undertaken which seem to be extensive. However that was not at all obvious from the website when booked, only once I went in and looked at the map that gave an idea of what is being done.
I was really looking forward to this museum, unfortunately it fell short of my expectations.
Written May 26, 2024
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Jay
Phoenix, AZ155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 May 8, 2024
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