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Address: 21170 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382-2458
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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CLOSE TO WHERE WE LIVE AND WE HAD A DISCOUNT

The wife found a discount for this attraction and since we lived close by we give it a visit. Please understand that this place was designed to inform youth about space and space... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
avie8tor
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Glendale, Arizona
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Glendale, Arizona
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79 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The wife found a discount for this attraction and since we lived close by we give it a visit. Please understand that this place was designed to inform youth about space and space travel. It also gives youth a brief history of humans in space. Basically, the bulk of this facility is classrooms to educate young people about space. There... More 

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1 Thank avie8tor
Louisville, Colorado
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our 6 year old grandson here last month. What a waste of money and time. Very poorly done and dirty. Really needs to be updated and run like someone cares.

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Thank sswathwood
Glendale, Arizona
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79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

This museum is a small venue. It is filled with mostly photo's and replica's of historical significance relating to space travel. $7.00 per person. It could use a few authentic items.

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Thank Calitripgirl
Midwest
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

What content they have is interesting, however you cannot justify wasting time or money on this museum. Quite a few broken exhibits & it took less than an hour to complete.

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Thank Benski9
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

If you like learning or seeing historical items, this is the place for you! Great for any age...lots of great information about the Challenger....you also see space rocks and other items.....very affordable

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Thank M G
Pelham Manor, New York
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121 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

It's not worth the time or effort to get there. It's mostly history about certain space exploration. A great deal of reading. No interactive activities. You can schedule for a flight simulation but that's a joke. The concept has potential but more staff is need as well as training. My daughter was so disappointed with the experience it left a... More 

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Rock Creek
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Challenger Space Centre Don’t bother. We drove an hour each way, and we had free admission, which was good because it wasn’t worth the gas to drive there. This place is tired and seriously needs some careful thought about their goal as an attraction, or museum, or educational facility, or whatever they think they are. There is a tour, in... More 

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Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

Given the size of the building, you'd think there would be more exhibits. If you are looking for something to do indoors that only takes an hour or two at the most, this is your place. I think the launch simulation would have been fun, but our 6 year old was too young to participate. They do have some interesting... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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28 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

This space center is recommended for children, however, there are items that adults would find interesting. The collection of photos, meteorites and patches from the various space missions were resources not commonly assembled in other museums. The center provides self-guided tour sheets and a map, allowing for access to all areas except some of the classrooms. A volunteer presented a... More 

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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

As soon as we walked in we were greeted and given all sorts of information and a scavenger hunt! The exhibit had nice displays with clear labeling. It is not a very large facility, but it had a lot of interactive areas for kids. As for adults without children, this space center is a pretty quick walk through. Free tours... More 

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