Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

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  • This was not our first trip here and will not be our last. There is always something we pick up on that we did not see before. It has some absolutely great information and aircraft. They are doing....  more
    This was not our first trip here and will not be our last. There is always something we pick up on that we did not see before. It has some absolutely great information and aircraft. They are doing....  more »
  • museum is awesome and not my first visit but the food and beverage provision is a disgrace and the shop shameful. There is no coffee shop and no restaurant just a single burger joint Shake Shack... 
    museum is awesome and not my first visit but the food and beverage provision is a disgrace and the shop shameful. There is no coffee shop and no restaurant just a single burger joint Shake Shack...  more »
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  • I visited on a Monday afternoon and spent two to three hours enjoying immensely the collection of aircraft in this museum. Admission is free, leaving only the $15 parking fee to pay. The Smithsonian does a great job keeping the place clean and getting people through security in a more than reasonable time. I also viewed my first IMAX film here and found the seating and experience overall to be worth the price of admission. The museum itself has a wide assortment of commercial and military aircraft to view from a short distance. The placards serve their educational purpose by providing historical context for the time periods in which the aircraft flew and their purpose along with a special fact or two. I was surprised to see examples of enemy aircraft also on display along with stories about how the museum came to own these artifacts of past wars. The Space Shuttle Discovery of course is a well known and deservedly highly visited centerpiece of the museum. The size of the Shuttle is rather awesome up close and lends to photo opportunities from multiple vantage points. A great place for children and adults to see and learn some aeronautical history to be sure. I could return next year for a refresher on all the exhibits and maybe take a closer look at some of the more subtle supplementary exhibits I did not see this time.
  • There are so many incredible things to see here but the thing that steals the show is the space shuttle. Spent about 2 hours walking around each floor, getting a good up close view of everything, reading each description, and taking pictures. The fact that this is free is so cool. If you are hungry there is even a shake shack! Good on the museum for having quality food here. Before you leave make sure to stop by the observation tower to get a good look of the surrounding areas and see airplanes take off and land.

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