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Visit the Air and Space Museum

May 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Museums

The Most Visted Smithsonian Museum

Air and Space Museum

Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum, opened in 1946, is the most popular museum of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and part of the network of free museums offered by the prestigious Smithsonian Institution. More than 9 million people, of all ages and nationalities, visit each year.

Its worldwide appeal stems from permanent exhibits chronicling the civil and military histories of flight, from the first hot air balloon to the latest exploratory feats. The museum is also a center of information on space exploration, including travel and geology.

Some of the most prized collections and exhibits include the “Wright Flyer,” flown by the Wright brothers in 1903; the “Spirit of St. Louis,” the plane flown by Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic in 1927; and the Friendship 7 capsule, in which John Glenn became the first man to orbit the earth.

The outer space collection of the Air and Space Museum features the command module of Apollo 11, the first Moon landing mission; a rocket from the space shuttle Columbia; an authentic Moon rock, one of the few available to the public to see and touch; a portion of the Hubble Telescope; and the first “Air Force One,” the presidential plane used by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. There is also a cinema room, the Albert Einstein Planetarium and additional interesting exhibits.

Another branch of the Air and Space Museum, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, is located outside the city near the Washington-Dulles International Airport. It has other valuable collections such as Boeing aircraft, rockets, missiles, light aircraft and military planes from World War II.

The Air and Space Museum is located on Independence Avenue, between 4th and 7th Streets, of the busy National Mall region of Washington, D.C. As there is no admission fee, it is recommended you plan at least 2-3 hours for your trip to see the whole museum as well as pass through security. You are sure to have an unforgettable and informative visit during your stay in Washington, D.C.

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