The Space Station Museum

The Space Station Museum, Novato: Hours, Address, The Space Station Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Space Station Museum
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The Space Station Museum is a privately funded, volunteered staffed space exploration museum that is operated by the 501c3 non-profit corporation, "The W Foundation" (TWF). TWF owns one of the largest private collections of U.S., Russian and Soviet space exploration artifacts.
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heckfy
Pleasanton, California1,206 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
Ok, where should I start ... This museum is free (but they really deserve a donation), easy to get to, and it was built by people who really love space exploration and it shows. They are fairly small, but they got some really cool staff and they can really tell about it in the way which makes the visitors excited too.

So if you get there, this is what you should check out:

1. The rocks from space
2. The space diaper!!!
3. Check the mechanical control modules with a real globe and protected knobs
4. The lunar lending module and the lunar car. I've seen them in other museums, behind the glass and far away. Here you can get really really close.
5. Space suite. Again, you can see every stitch - can't get any closer.

But at the end of the day, it's really the staff which makes all the difference. Their positive energy makes the place shine.

By the way, it's located next to a nice coffee shop and a grocery store, so if some people in your party really allergic to space (unlikely, of course), they can spend that time with a cup of coffee.
Written February 16, 2015
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RFW1943
Mill Valley, CA122 contributions
Oct 2018
This is a pretty small museum but it is packed full of information that kids are interested in. Want to see a full size space suit? This is your place. Easy parking too.
Written January 8, 2019
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ProfCB
San Francisco, CA112 contributions
Mar 2017
This privately owned museum is one of six little museums in the city of Novato. Take time to see them all! This one is privately owned by someone who has serious connections with people in the space business and has an amazing collection of memorabilia. Try to visit on an event day, and you will actually meet a famous space person! Because it is private, the hours are limited, so check the website.
Written April 9, 2017
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mjmbkk
Novato, CA434 contributions
Feb 2017 • Business
We hung our while waiting for a table at Boca. It was a very pleasant surprise. The best part was the docent, former astronaut.
Written March 1, 2017
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TheBlum
Escazu, Costa Rica416 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
It is a facility on the small side, but don't let that deter you.

This is an interesting exhibit of stuff from the space shuttle, space suits, other objects and great history of the space race and exploration.

It is worth the trip to see it.
Written August 5, 2014
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claireleefl
Winter Springs, FL1,315 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
Even the three year old in our party was captivated by the space suits and memorabilia. Not surprisingly, his favorite was the cosmonaut "diaper". One nice feature of this little jam-packed museum is that almost everything is "hands on". You can try on a space suit sleeve or a helmet, and pick up various kinds of meteorites.
Volunteers staff the museum and are very knowledgeable and eager to show you everything they have on display.
Be sure to check on whether they will be open when you are there, as the hours are limited. If you find them closed, you can walk next door to Marin Coffee Roasters to savor great coffee and unique pastries.
Written March 25, 2014
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50PlusCalifornia
California177 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
This is a cool place to visit. Good history, authentic memorabilia and history. Only problem I had was there was NOTHING about our own Novato female astronaut, Yvonne Darlene Cagle, M.D., NASA Astronaut. WHAT is up with that?? I hope the owners of the museum see this and add her pics and history to their personal exhibition!!!
Written March 24, 2014
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LDb
50 contributions
Sep 2019
What a hidden gem! Eclectic space exploration artefacts from an individual's collection. A Russian cosmonaut suit, a model Apollo LEM, a Space Shuttle tire, and lots of documented details about the US programs. Note: due to remodeling, will be closed 15 Sep 2019 ~ Jan 2020.
Written September 9, 2019
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startreklover
Mountain View, CA22 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
It had surprising items pertaining to space and I loved it! Doesn't take too long to see. I spent almost one hour there, but they were chatty about people in the area and it was over all really wonderful.
Written March 15, 2019
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Shu K
San Jose, CA352 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
The museum itself is tiny, though there is some interesting stuff. It's a place you visit if you happen to be there to eat lunch or go shopping.

I visited the place when they had the Novato Space Festival. They put up tents out in the open area in front of the museum, and it was cool in that they had 5-6 astronauts there and were available to meet and greet (and sign their books). There were other attractions but the big draw was a bunch of guys in Star Wars costumes. Overall a fun event, but you need to be a space enthusiast to benefit.

The astronauts had their Q&A session for an hour, but otherwise an hour to see everything was more than enough time.
Written August 7, 2017
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