Check out this amazing aviation museum near Dulles Airport!

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Real Estate Agent with Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate 535650

Living in the Catonsville & Ellicott City area means being less than an hour from a really amazing museum - the National Air and Space Museum's Steven Udvar Hazy Center.  This place is filled with hundreds of airplanes from our nation's incredible history of aviation!
Air and space museum at Dulles
It's really spectacular because of the great number of airplanes suspended from the 3 story ceiling.  The space itself is the size of several airplane hangers and it's easy to spend several hours wandering the space.  The museum is full of windows and natural light and is very family friendly.  We saw tons of families with strollers and using a wheelchair would not be a problem.  The displays are widely staged with plenty of room to move around without blocking someone else's view - kind of a rare thing when you think about going to a museum!

The big news at this museum is that the
Space Shuttle Discovery is now on display!  Many of you probably remember seeing it being flown on a huge airplane a few weeks ago on the final flight from NASA in Florida.  It's impressive how quickly they got the shuttle set up and ready for viewing.  The shuttle is enormous of course but one thing that really got to me was seeing the thousands of small tiles (thermal protection) that cover its body.  It was some of those tiles that were damaged on the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 and resulted in the shuttle exploding on re-entry.  It was moving to see them up close and be that close to such an amazing part of our country's exploration history.  
Discovery shuttle at Dulles Museum
This is our second time visiting this museum and we would go back - there is just so much to see and take in.  All ages and family members will love this place!  It's open every day of the year from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm expect for December 25th.

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Sounds like a great place to spend the day!  The Discovery is the crown jewel there.

Thanks for the post.

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Good Morning Ellie,  Now this sounds like a place to put on my list of things to see next time I am in the area.  Thanks for pointing it out.

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