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Washington, D.C., the capital city of the United States, is a popular tourist destination for many reasons. Many people travel there to view historical monuments, visit some of our centers of government, and to learn more about how America came into being. While there are plenty of ways to learn about our nation's history in D.C., it is also home to some of the country's best museums. And, even better, many of these museums are absolutely free to enter.

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1. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

If you're ready for a change of pace from the memorials and monuments, take a stroll down the Smithsonian National Mall to the National Air and Space Museum. This museum houses the largest collection aviation memorabilia in the world, including the 1903 Wright Flyer and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. Spaceflight enthusiasts can check out historical objects like astronaut spacesuits as well as a piece of genuine moon rock brought back during the Apollo 17 mission.

This free museum is located on Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW and is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except during the spring and summer when it stays open until 7:30 p.m.

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