We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Space Program Alive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of U.S. Space and Rocket Center

U.S. Space and Rocket Center
1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805
800-637-7223
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #3 of 49 attractions in Huntsville
Type: Museums
More attraction details
Attraction Details
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Home to Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and NASA's Official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center; The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is recognized as one of the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museums in the world.
Commerce Township, Michigan
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Space Program Alive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

For an older gentleman who watched the 1969 moon landing on TV and kept step with the space program triumphs and tragedies, the museum was terrific. The Saturn V rocket on display was awesome. In many exhibits, the ability to see and touch "the real thing" was great. Tucked in a corner outside was a Nike missile, the type at the Army missile site where I worked. It was great! One possible improvement would be "way-finding". I found it a little hard to be organized in seeing everything. We missed the bus tour entirely. On the other hand, we could have asked!

Visited October 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

688 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    392
    198
    71
    20
    7
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Jacksonville, Alabama, United States
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“One of Alabama's must see attractions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We visited the Space center on a day that free admission was given by signing up online, so it was VERY crowded. Other than that is was very nice. It is so cool to see the space shuttle pathfinder which is on display. You really just cant imagine how big they are until you see it in person. Make sure spend a lot of time in the Davidson Center while there. That is where the best displays are and so much information on rockets. There is even an exhibit that you stand in and it simulates a rocket test. There are quit a few hands on exhibits which I think makes it more fun for kids.

Visited September 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Memphis, Tennessee
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
51 attraction reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Fun Stop!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I loved the museum and and the "hands on" exhibits. It has plenty for children including a couple of rides. The gift shop is great. Definitely not the quality of Cape Canaveral, but it is worth the stop!

Visited September 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dover, Delaware
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Top Notch Space and Rocket History Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

As much as it is a Space and Rocket Museum, putting it into perspective, it is a Space and Rocket History Museum. German born space pioneer Wernher von Braun had a big influence on the development of rocket technology and the establishment of the museum. In addition to numerous space and rocket exhibits, there are also many items which help to learn more about Wernher von Braun, the scientist and the person.

With indoor exhibits, outdoor exhibits, and an IMAX theater, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is a top notch educational complex in the same class as the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, or the Kennedy Space Center. An absolute must see for anyone who loves technology.

Visited September 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rome, Georgia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A walk through space history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I've been fascinated with space flight since I was a small child. The youngest grandson loves rocket ships. We made two trips here: one with the grandkids and one just for my hubby and I.
Both trips - AWESOME! Remember, many activities require closed toe shoes (like the rock climbing wall). The kids are age 3-9, and some activities they were too young or too light to participate. but they had plenty of fun looking at the rockets. There is an "Energy Depletion Zone" for lil ones to run out some energy. There are a couple of bigger rides for the older kids and adults. They layout and brochure were a bit confusing and which way we should go, and what to see, and what was part of the public exhibits buildings vs closed to public. We initially almost skipped the building with the Saturn 5 because we did not think that building was also part of the center, again - poor signage. Same as finding something to eat, we would up eating at the space camp food area (no wonder the kitchen staff gave us an odd look when we asked about prices!) Right around the corner, was the public food court! Again, bad signage as to where to go. There are quite a few interactive exhibits that were broke. They do have more than one of many interactive exhibits, which is great. On visit #2, I had to go see the Red Bull Stratos exhibit. We also headed over to the Marshall base. What a bonus - retired NASA engineers were on the bus. That made the tour extra informative. But a general bus tour would be great for older kids or adults. Small children might be too bored by the bus ride. We stopped for two areas, a space op center and the Redstone test site. In the building with the Saturn 5, there is also a lil tots play area that is just perfect. T
The hits --- ROCKET SHIPS !!!
The misses --- poor signage and description / highlights of public areas
The food --- mediocre quality, but a space alien souvenir cup!
IMAX --- a child cannot even sit in the seat without knees touching the seat in front. And an adult - sit a bit to the side so your knees don't ram into the seat in front of you.
The center is worth the stop, the exhibits and very informative and through. Too bad the brochures weren't as helpful and planned as well the thought they put into the exhibits. Just go and have fun. As my 3 yr old said it best - rocket ships, rocket ship, look a rocket ship!, rocket ships!, look rocket ships (continue this for 2 hours, then as he fell asleep for his nap - rocket ships....) Plan 3-5 hours easy for this trip depending if you see movies or Marshall base.

Visited September 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed U.S. Space and Rocket Center also viewed

 

Been to U.S. Space and Rocket Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage U.S. Space and Rocket Center, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Bookmark for later
Save Saved
You added U.S. Space and Rocket Center to your Saves list