I was really impressed with this museum and would have given it 5 circles if the planetarium shows were different. The exhibits are excellent. There are places for young children to crawl around, interesting items on display for adults to view and read about, and everything in between. My 5-year-old and husband's favorite was the Russian space toilet, a temporary exhibit. The docent at the space capsule was very informative -- and getting inside was really fun. There were some teenagers with educational interactive activities in one area -- they were really nice and my child really learned from them -- I'm not sure if they are there every weekend though. We actually didn't have enough time to see the whole museum, but liked just about everything we did see. We were disappointed that the planetarium show was a movie that happened to be shown in a dome theatre -- it wasn't what we expected and the sound was REALLY LOUD. The cafe is really small, just a counter and display case, which is sufficient (and much appreciated) for a light and quick eat. I think there were a few packaged sandwiches, a soup, cold beverages and chips/cookies. You may want to eat right before you go into the museum because it is located in a park and the drive will be at least 15 minutes to get to a restaurant/eatery. You will want to spend 3+ hours at the museum, and it is a bit of a hassle (especially if you are with young kids) to exit the parking lot (free), drive out, eat, and re-enter -- you may lose momentum. The park is beautiful and you may want to take a hike as well, just watch out for the archery range. Finally, the museum offers members of ASTC-affiliated museums FREE ADMISSION beyond a 90-mile radius and HALF-PRICE ADMISSION within the 90-mile radius.
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