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National Air and Space Museum

Washington DC, DC, USA

Description

The National Air and Space Museum is a free, popular and very crowded museum so come before it opens at 10am. It is unbearable in the middle of the day. You don't need tickets to enter.
There are rockets, a hubbell telescope, and fighter planes, as well as exhibits about the wars and pilots. Kids enjoy an exhibit on carrier operations where you can use a landing simulator to land a plane on a boat. There is a room that looks like you're standing on a bridge watching planes taking off. Many items that went to the moon are displayed, such as space suits. A copy of Skylab, the predecessor to the space station, allows kids to walk through and see the toilet, shower, and trash shute that the astronauts must have used.
This museum doesn't have anywhere to sit and rest.  
East of the museum is the National Museum of the American Indian (a 3 minute walk), which has a good kids section, cafe with Native American foods, and gift shop, and then the US Capitol (a ten minute walk). To the north is the National Gallery of Art (a six minute walk), which has some great couches for resting. To the west is the Hirshhorn Museum (a three minute walk), a modern art museum which has a garden where you can sit and rest.

Photo Gallery


Skylab and a V-2.

Hubble Space Telescope model.

Recreation of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, an American and a Russian space capsule met in space in 1975.

Rockets.

British war plane.

In London, these signs helped British people distinguish between friendly and enemy aircraft.

German war plane.

Theater screening a documentary about World War I films.

Women service pilot uniform, World War II.

Medals presented to General Doolittle during his career.

US Army Air Force summer and winter flying outfits, World War II.

P-51D Mustang.

Airplanes on display.

A crowded museum...

Directions

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The National Air and Space Museum is located at 600 Independence Ave SW, on the southeastern part of the National Mall.
Entrance is free. Open daily 10-5:30.
You don't need tickets.
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