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Address: 21170 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone Number: 623.322.2001
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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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Middle School Favorite

Visited with family and enjoyed our visit. The Center seems geared to the middle school crowd, and adults need to go along with this. Recommend for family or class trips... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
Daniel C
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Sun City, Arizona
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I learned a lot about the entire space program and particularly about the Challenger mission. Many exhibits, photos and other memorabilia. Be sure to take a guided tour that's included in the admission price. As I recall, the price is not out of line. I went with a group of Seniors and we all enjoyed it. Great for kids and... More 

Thank Mary B
Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great learning experience on a Monday afternoon recently with Bob as our guide. His exceptional background in astrophysics provided information that we had never heard before at the Johnson Space Center in Houston or at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is well worth a guided visit especially if you can arrange to be there when... More 

Thank Cont-Travel2015
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Visited with family and enjoyed our visit. The Center seems geared to the middle school crowd, and adults need to go along with this. Recommend for family or class trips. Adults should keep an eye on the kids as they tend to wander off to the different areas. The center has ongoing events, and you should check the flyers. There... More 

Thank Daniel C
Round Rock, Texas
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

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.

1 Thank KI_Bronze
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149 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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 27 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.

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Phoenix, AZ
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161 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

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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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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 

1 Thank SA1NZZ
Olathe, Kansas
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70 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 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

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