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Visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to take a look at Blackbird, the fastest jet-plane in the world; or the famous space vehicle Discovery that has completed 39 space missions to date. The center is an extension of the National Air And Space Museum and displays aeronautical equipment and aircrafts to the public. There are two hangars and an Observation Tower that provides a panoramic view of the adjacent Washington Dulles International Airport. Also, it is here that the Airbus IMAX Theater is located. The center also lets visitors take a look at various restoration projects. A visit to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is informative and insightful for children and adults alike.
Dating back to 1946, the National Air and Space Museum is home to quite a few aircraft that narrate fascinating stories. Everything from the iconic Wright Brothers' Flyer and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis to World War II planes and Apollo 11 is displayed here, attracting history aficionados, science buffs and aviation fans alike. you also have the option of using the audio-visual aid to understand the technical aspects. Also found here is the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater where you can marvel at aircraft and space films on the five-story screen. Apart from that, the National Air and Space Museum also has the original Star Trek model of the USS Enterprise on display, which is a special attraction.
The U.S. Navy Museum, one of the fourteen naval museums, was established in 1961. It displays artifacts that date back to 1793 and the collection provides insight into U.S history. With artifacts like the world's deepest diving submersible, it attracts hoards of visitors every year. Apart from that, it also houses photographs and other materials, vital for researchers and students. By hosting various exhibitions, it not only creates awareness but also pays respect to the national heroes. You can also take back a part of the history from the memorabilia displayed in the gift shop. As the museum is located in the Washington Navy Yard, all visitors to the museum must have a military ID, Department of Defense Common Access Card, be a museum employee or be accompanied by someone with one of these credentials.
The many perspectives of the earth are examined here, including geology, oceanography, astronomy and anthropology. Enjoy creative and educational exhibits including a huge globe, a tornado simulator and a 'time machine'. Changing, lively special exhibits are also featured. A gift shop sells the National Geographic Society's videos, books and educational games.