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National Air & Space Museum

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Lunar landing module replica Lunar landing module replica Photo Richard Gillin via Flickr

If you are planning to visit Washington DC, make sure to extend your vacations. That’s because the place has a lot to offer right from cultural centers, war memorials to museums and monuments. Some of the world’s most famous tourist destinations are found here and it is likely that a short trip won’t allow you to visit them all. One of such many attractions that surely shouldn’t be missed is the National Air & Space Museum.

You can find the biggest collection of famous air and spacecrafts that have been of historic importance to the world here. The museum also takes pride in owning more than 39000 artifacts that are either aviation-related or space-related. Some of these include the Apollo 11, the Wright 1903 Flyer, Lockheed Villa and the Spirit of St. Louis among others.

Separated into 22 thematic exhibition galleries, the museum is a treat to the eyes. Apart from displaying planes and aircrafts, the museum also has interactive exhibits which are a favorite among children. One of the major highlights of the museum is the Albert Einstein Planetarium that allows 230 people to be seated at a time. With a high tech projection system and digital surrounded sound, the Planetarium gives you a feel of moving across the galaxy. On the whole, this astronomical adventure is a great experience in itself and the show generally lasts for about 20-25 minutes.

If you think this is all, you will be pleasantly surprised. IMAX Movie Theater is another place you would love to go when you visit the museum. It is quite popular among everyone as it gives an opportunity to watch incredible movies on a super large screen that’s five stories high. Often during holiday seasons, it is best recommended to come here as early as possible to avoid the heavy rush at the ticket counter. As such you can even pre-book your tickets online 24 hours before the show time.

National Air and Space MuseumBesides these, the museum has a cafeteria to serve your taste. The food offered is from three popular American chains: Boston Market, Donatos Pizzeria and McDonald's.

Since the museum is located in the capital district of US, there is no difficulty in finding hotels of your choice. If you haven’t been here yet, consider planning your next vacation in Washington DC. A tour to this National Air & Space Museum comes first in the list of tourist attractions. That says it all, people from all round the world crowd the place throughout the year.

Information

Hours/Tours:
10:00 am - 5:30 pm daily
Extended Spring/Summer Hours:
Select dates March 20 - September 2 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Address/Map:  Independence Ave at 6th St, SW Washington, DC 20560
Phone: (202) 633-2214
Website: National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall
   
Admission:
Free