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Address: 21170 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone Number: 623.322.2001
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning...

The Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning environment where schoolchildren, families, senior citizens, corporate teams and others fly simulated space flight missions where they become flight crews, mission controllers and scientists.

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missions are a lot of fun

The space missions are a lot of fun. Great for families or corporate team building events. My children have gone to the star gazing events. The people are very nice. Most of them... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Round Rock, Texas
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Round Rock, Texas
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The space missions are a lot of fun. Great for families or corporate team building events. My children have gone to the star gazing events. The people are very nice. Most of them are volunteers.

Thank KI_Bronze
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140 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We love science but were sadly disappointed in our experience. A volunteer led tour was completely inappropriate for children. Frankly, there's nothing to see. We had fun playing with foam blocks and I loved the murals, but not sure what the purpose of the center is these days. Lots of locked little rooms where maybe you can take classes, but... More 

Thank eliana23
Midland, Texas
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86 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Unfortunately the Challenger Space Center isn't what it used to be. The facilities, and exhibits, are looking worn and outdated. It has alot of potential, which it is not reaching. Some money needs to be put back into updating facilities and exhibits to let it regain what it once was.

2 Thank KJA85302
Phoenix, AZ
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155 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited the Space Center and found it great for kids, but not great for adults. Some of the models were missing parts, but overall it was OK. Bring the kids to see it. The cost is minimal.

Thank Walter M
Brecksville, Ohio
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The center doesn't seem all that big when you first walk in, but there are a few floors to the place and there are lots of interesting things to see. Had we not taken a tour, we probably wouldn't have been there long, but the tour guide was great and gave a lot of detail behind various exhibits. He also... More 

Thank SA1NZZ
Olathe, Kansas
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67 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This was the worst museum I've ever been to...and you actually have to pay to get in...I wouldn't go if it was free. Old, run, down, and generally uninformative, the gist is just looking at random pictures of astronauts on the walls, with a few seemingly random artifacts. Google "space" and I promise you'll learn more and have more fun.... More 

Thank nkm615
Richmond, Virginia
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61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

My wife and I visited and the Center is ideal for kids, groups of school kids or kids in a summer program because there are many group/children activities. The facility is a tribute to the Space Shuttle Program and is one where a child's interest in space, science, engineering and many other disciplines can be sparked by the many displays,... More 

Thank William M
Sun City, Arizona
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37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

It feels unamerican to give the challenger space center a poor review. I have to say, it was beyond disappointing. There were many closed doors, which is unclear if you are supposed to enter and view or not. There was a display with a cardboard box and toy shuttles thrown into it in disarray. There were cracks in the plastic... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

No interactive activities. The rooms that might have interesting facts or displays are locked. You will just be walking around the station for about 15 minutes and covered everything there. They do have a play area for the children which might be the best thing but since I don't have any children, this is a waste of time and gas... More 

Thank Chansky
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Great place to visit on a rainy afternoon. I enjoyed showing it to my children though it was sad to remember the day the Challenger space ship blew up. I recounted for my children my memories from that day....

Thank 2015Ruthie2015

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