Friday, December 31, 2010

Aviation Museums you should visit in Washington, D.C.

AIR AND SPACE/DOWNTOWN "Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System," through May 2. Open indefinitely: "The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age." "Explore the Universe." "How Things Fly." "America by Air." "Apollo to the Moon." "Early Flight." "Flight Simulator Zone." "Milestones of Flight." "Sea-Air Operations." "Space Race." "Moving Beyond Earth." An interactive exhibition that explores recent advances made in human spaceflight, including the space shuttle and space station. "Barron Hilton: Pioneers of Flight Gallery." The museum's exhibit of aviation and rocketry in the 1920s and '30s reopened with additional artifacts, such as Anne Lindbergh's telegraph key and hands-on activities for kids. Open from 10 to 7:30 on Friday and Saturday. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.nasm.si.edu. Free.

AIR AND SPACE/DULLES Open indefinitely: "Business Aviation." "Commercial Aviation." "Human Spaceflight." "Rockets and Missiles." "Sport Aviation." "Vertical Flight." "World War II Aviation." Open from 10 to 6:30 through Saturday. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. 202-633-1000. www.nasm.si.edu/UdvarHazy. Free.

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