Udvar-Hazy Center

Udvar-Hazy Center

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Udvar-Hazy Center

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14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
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(703) 572-4118
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[From Wikipedia] The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, also called the Udvar-Hazy Center, is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM)'s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The exhibition areas comprise two large hangars, the 293,707-square-foot (27,286.3 m2) Boeing Aviation Hangar and the 53,067-square-foot (4,930.1 m2) James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. The Donald D. Engen Observation Tower provides a view of landing operations at adjacent Washington Dulles International Airport. The museum also contains an IMAX theater. A taxiway connects the museum to the airport.

Phase Two of the Udvar-Hazy Center [is] dedicated to the behind-the-scenes care of the Smithsonian's collection of aircraft, spacecraft, related artifacts and archival materials. [The Restoration Hangar is] spacious enough to accommodate several aircraft at one time with a second-floor viewing area designed to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look.


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A sight to see!


The Udvar-Hazy Center was opened because the Smithsonian needed a place to display more aircraft, and boy, did they have more aircraft to display! Old planes, newer planes, war planes, commercial planes, spacecraft, even science-fiction movie models. If you like planes, you should definitely go, and even if you don't, you'll probably find something to enjoy. Myself, I was unexpectedly moved by standing next to the Discovery shuttle. a behemoth that made it to space and back, safely, so many times. I also enjoyed looking at the restoration hangar, even though not much was going on that day.


This museum is very accessible. You can get upstairs, downstairs, pretty much anywhere you want to go, although some of the ramps are of necessity very long. (There is also an elevator.) My most major complaint is the restroom. We prefer to use a family restroom for our daughter, and theirs is very small and usually has a long line, being the only one in the building. It also looked like the gift shop might be challenging to navigate, although we didn't go in.
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