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National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum

Open daily 10am - 5:30pm
6th Street and Independence Avenue SW, National Mall, Washington D.C., 20560

The Basics

Because of its large size, the National Air and Space Museum can be overwhelming. If you’d like someone to show you around, sign up for a private or small-group guided tour. Some tours combine a trip to the National Air and Space Museum with a visit to the nearby Museum of American History. While the vast majority of the museum is given over to permanent exhibitions covering everything from World War II to the Space Race, temporary exhibits are also hosted here. Free docent-led, 90-minute tours focusing on the highlights of the collection are held twice daily and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The museum has a second exhibition facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport, which showcases more aircraft from the collection, including the Space ShuttleDiscovery.

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The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour
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The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour
$79.50 per adult
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It’s a beautiful museum...
It’s a beautiful museum for the family with kids! the simulators are stunning!!! We really enjoy it! The guide tour she was incredibly she knows every detail
Maria_F, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Fabulous Visit
Dayle_G, Oct 2021
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour
It’s hard to choose a favorite! EVERYTHING was really spectacular and really interesting. We had a superb guide and enjoyed every minute!!
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Amanda was great she had...
George_M, Oct 2021
The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour
Amanda was great she had a lot of knowledge beyond what the plaque said and had a great order to the way it goes even though the museum is a little in disarray right now
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Birthday Trip.
Deborah_G, Sep 2021
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour
I took my grandson on this tour for his 12th birthday. Brenda was an amazing guide and he left saying “I learned so much from her”. It was the very best way to see the museum.
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A must when doing a tour ... outstanding!
james_O, Sep 2021
Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Guided Tour - Private Tour
The guide was incredible made the Experience so enjoyable. Very knowledgeable the best money ever spent.
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Money well spent
john_b, Aug 2021
Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Tour- 8ppl Max
They did a great job money well spent Rebecca was awesome and knowledgeable. I would definitely have her as a guide again.
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Great Highlights Tour!
DJ_M, Apr 2019
The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour
Very informative tour guide, good pace, interesting and engaging. Guide was on time and first in line Which allowing us to enter as soon as the museum opened.
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awesome
Gerald_Z, Sep 2018
Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Guided Tour - Private Tour
Aron was awesome, even set us up on the Metro to go to Arlington Cememtary. Very good knowledge of Museums
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The Wright Brothers...
Robert_W, Sep 2021
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour
The Wright Brothers Bicycle! Amanda was great. We had the best time. We will be back soon hopefully, and will look forward to another tour. I personally like having your texted reminders, and the coordination.
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Super Saver Private Guided Tour: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History
dnamoore22, Sep 2018
Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Guided Tour - Private Tour
Our tour guide Rebecca was awesome! She added so many details to the tour that we didn't know. She was very courteous and answered questions. She met us at the museum and added many extras.
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Memorable tour
JillB1649, Oct 2018
Smithsonian Air & Space & American History Museum Guided Tour - Private Tour
Doug was our tour guide. He was excellent, very knowledgeable. Highly recommend. Well worth the money!
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Air & space
louise_a, Oct 2018
The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour
Terry was our guide. He was very knowledgeable. It was very enjoyable to have someone as intimately familiar with the museum as he was. Also able to steer us to exhibits before the crowds got there and generally made our experience much more enjoyable! Would definitely recommend this!
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Doug very knowledgeable and a great guide
Suzanne_V, Oct 2018
The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour
We were very happy with this tour, it was very well organized and informative. We were very glad that we took this tour, We would highly recommend

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring small, easy-to-search bags to speed up your passage through security.

  • Tickets are required for IMAX and Planetarium shows, and for the flight simulators.

  • The National Air and Space Museum is accessible to wheelchairs.

  • Wi-Fi is available at the museum.

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How to Get There

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is situated at the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum is fewer than five minutes from L’Enfant Plaza station (Blue, Orange, Green, Yellow, and Silver lines) and about 10 minutes from Smithsonian station (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines). To get to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, take the Silver Line to Wiehle-Reston East and transfer to the Fairfax Connector bus 983.

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When to Get There

The National Air and Space Museum is busiest from March through August. Avoid the crowds by coming early on the weekends or in late afternoon during the week.

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Highlights of the Collection

In addition to the Wright brothers’ famous 1903 flight machine, the National Air and Space Museum displays many other noteworthy aircraft. Look for Lindbergh’sSpirit of St. Louis jet, Chuck Yeager’sBell X-1 (the first plane to fly faster than the speed of sound), andSpaceShipOne, the first privately financed craft to successfully enter space. All are located in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

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