One of the most famous Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC is the National Air & Space Museum. No visit to the Capital is complete without a tour. But before you go, there are a few tips to help make your visit easier. We recently took a family trip over to Washington DC and have some things to help you on your adventure.
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Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Tips
There are so many things to see in the Air & Space Museum. From the plane flown by Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and a Lockheed Vega flown by Amelia Earhart to the 1903 Wright Flyer…. plan to spend some time and take lots of pictures on your visit!
Smart Tip: Make sure you carry a portable charger so you can keep your phone batteries charged. This helps you stay in contact with the other members of your family in case you get separated, but also ensures you can take all the pictures you want!
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
Here are some of the highlights in this exhibit area: Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis; the first American jet aircraft; the Mercury capsule Friendship 7 flown by John Glenn; Mariner, Pioneer, and Viking planetary explorers; You can even touch a Moon rock.
America by Air
America by Air explores the history of air transportation in the United States and shows how the federal government has shaped the airline industry, how improvements in technology have revolutionized air travel, and how the flying experience has changed. Highlights include a Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor, Boeing 247, and DC-3 airliners; a cockpit simulation of an Airbus A320; and a nose from a Boeing 747 jumbo jet that you can enter.
- The National Air & Space Museum is FREE!
- You will pass through security to enter the Museum.
- You can enter the Museum from two different sides. If you are on the National Mall side, then you will probably have longer lines to get through security. Insider tip: Go around to the other side of the building if you want to avoid some of the lines. Why? The tour buses line up and drop off their passengers on the side of the National Mall so you will have less people to contend with on the other side of the building.
- You can do a very quick walk through of the Museum in about an hour but to fully appreciate the exhibits, you need to allow several hours.
- Download the free Smithsonian app and follow the prompts to easily find the highlights of the Museum.
- Typically the museum closes at 5:30, but during certain peak tourist seasons, the Air & Space Museum stays open later. Check the website to plan your visit.
- There are quite a few hands on exhibits where you can climb in, maneuver levers and try experiments.
- There are food options from popular eateries like McDonald’s, Boston Market, and Donatos Pizzeria.
- Of course, there is a full gift shop!
Connect with Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
Independence Ave at 6th St, SW
Washington, DC 20560
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