We’re studying Astronomy now for Science so a trip to the Air and Space Museum seemed appropriate. I like the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center location out at Dulles better than the museum on the Mall because it’s so huge that even when crowded it doesn’t feel like a crowd. Air and Space on the Mall always makes me feel a bit claustrophobic because it’s so incredibly popular with tourists. We happened upon the Dulles museum on a day when it was so uncrowded as to feel empty. And that’s saying a lot for a building so large that it houses an actual space shuttle in just it’s smaller wing.
The only downside to the Dulles location is the parking fee. It’s not a lot ($15 a car) but when you live in a city with free museums, you tend to get a little grumpy about paying anything at all. This time though we discovered that they have free parking after 4:00. And even better, in the summer they have extended hours until 6:30 which made the trip even more worth it.
A virtually empty free museum filled with cool planes and amazing space stuff ? Maybe putting up with the traffic up here is worth it after all.