National Air & Space Museum

Museum in National Mall

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The legendary exhibits at this hugely popular museum include the Wright brothers' flyer, Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis, Howard Hughes' H-1 Racer and Amelia Earhart's natty Vega 5B. Children and adults alike love walking through the Skylab Orbital Workshop and viewing the 'Apollo to the Moon' exhibit upstairs. Immersive experiences include an Imax theater (adult/child two to 12 years $9/7.50), planetarium ($9/7.50) and flight simulators ($8 to $12 each).

On most days from mid-March to early September, the museum extends its hours and stays open until 7:30pm. Exhibits are being overhauled until 2025, with new exhibits such as 'Destination Moon', a comprehensive look at the history of lunar exploration, being added. Other exhibitions will be refreshed.

More avionic pieces reside in Virginia at the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex that holds more of this museum's extraordinary collection.