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NASA Ames Visitor Center

Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA 94035
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Type: Science Museums
Description: This major NASA research center in the heart of Silicon Valley features an interactive visitors center.
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Tracy, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

On December 20, 1939, The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) founded NASA Ames (named after “Joseph Sweetman Ames” on December 20, 1939) Research Center as an aircraft research laboratory and in 1958; it became part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Ames was “originally” founded to engage in wind-tunnel research on the aerodynamics of propeller-driven aircraft; however... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The museum is free and provides a look into the NASA Space Station. Delightful exhibits and the gift shop sells "space food."

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Melbourne, Australia
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We arrived on a Tuesday and there was no one around so we had the whole place to ourselves. Unfortunately the nearby airfield was closed. The Ames centre was interesting especially the simulator, for young audiences. There is a stripped out capsule so visitors can see what space there is to move around in. There is a mini theatrette and... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

This could be great... but it looks like it is not maintained: stuff not working, lousy presentation, messy etc. Looks like it is quickly put together because somebody said they needed to do something on PR... Not worth the trip, really!

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Sunnyvale, California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Fun to learn about our local space exploration history and more about current mission like Keplar and SOFIA.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This feels a lot like someone has told Ames that they have to do a visitors centre, when really they'd prefer just tog get on with the science. A lot of theexhibits seem like they were a good idea gew years ago but have got a bit tired. The moon rock is good to see, but then again, it's a... More

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Milwaukee, WI
11 reviews 11 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is a very small museum but there were enough interesting exhibits that I wish we had more time to spend here. There was a mockup of the space station that had lots of video monitors inside with the astronauts explaining everyday life on the station and other tidbits about the station. There are some moon rocks, which I love... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

The best part of the visit is that it is free. Many similar exhibits are available at the Tech museum in San Jose, which is a much better overall use of time.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Tried to go on July 3rd - closed so "families can prepare for July 4th"... obviously closed the 4th.... then got there on Saturday at 10am but they didn't open until 12pm - so never actually got to go inside, NOTE - you do not get to go into the Ames Research Center /NASA building- what you do get to... More

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San Francisco, California
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

It is good to see this scientific landmark. Be sure to note the change in "Hanger One". the skin has been removed so it is currently in a skeletal state but should be recovered sometime soon. The visitor center is worth a visit.

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