Space Center Houston

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Space Center Houston
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s top attractions, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston’s first Smithsonian Affiliate and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee. The center features more than 400 space artifacts as well as numerous permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program – all for one admission price. The experience is designed to engage adults and children alike. Known around the world as the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center. Space Center Houston is open every day except Christmas day.
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Doug S
Bellevue, WA48 contributions
Jun 2022
Great for families of all ages! But be careful as you will time travel! I'm in my 60's, but within moments after entering, I went back to when I was about 10 or 12! The Space Center is a fascinating "living" museum. We saw rockets, walked through the space shuttle and touched rocks from both the moon and Mars! NASA offers three tram tours (Red, White and Blue). Apparently, "White" is the most popular. They all require reservations. We arrived 40 minutes after opening and the wait for the "White" tour was already over 3 hours. Only one reservation can be made at a time ... per ticket holder (let that be a clue). I should have had my wife make a reservation for the "White" while I make reservations for the available "Red" and "Blue". Suffice to say, we missed out on the "White", but I guess we'll just need to go back! The Space Center is a wonderful experience. It is well presented and extremely fascinating.
Written June 21, 2022
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sspeidel12
Fenton, MI199 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This was a great day trip for our group. There are several exhibits, done hands on and other jaw dropping experiences. We'd recommend booking tickets and extra experiences ahead of time (currently tickets are time specific). You'll want to download the app so you can join the virtual queue for the tram rides. The tram rides will take you into buildings where actual work is being done.
Written August 4, 2021
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knaeole
Honolulu, HI16 contributions
Mar 2022
Flew all the way from Honolulu and drove 3 hours from Austin to go here.

We did go during Spring Break, so I assumed this was one of the busiest times of year.

A few recommendations:

1. Buy your tickets online ahead of time.

2. Download the SCH App before you arrive.

3. Get there early. We arrived about half an hour before opening and there was already a line. They opened the doors about 10 minutes before the scheduled opening time of 9am.

4. As soon as you park, start booking the tour from the App. It says you can only book it while you're on premises, which we found to be true.

5. Given the crowds, I recommend booking a later tour. We booked a tour for about an hour and a half after opening. This allowed us to visit the other popular attractions while the majority went straight for the earliest tours.

By the time we finished the tours around midday, it was RIDICULOUSLY PACKED. For example, the Boeing/Space Shuttle was completely empty when we went. By the time we came out of our tour, the line was all the way down the stairs and around the courtyard.

6. I loved all the tours, but my favorite was Mission Control. Our tour guide was great and the presentation they give replaying the events of July 20, 1969 was my favorite part of our entire visit.

I'm glad we got to experience most of the center while it was still empty. If we had to deal with the crowds we saw later that morning, it wouldn't have been nearly as fun.

Overall, it was a great experience and my kids really enjoyed themselves. And that's all that matters for me. There are things they could definitely improve upon like better signage and crowd management, but it's no different than going to any theme park.
Written March 23, 2022
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Gerald C
Texas123 contributions
Jan 2021
My daughter wanted to visit the Space Center Houston for her 17th birthday.

Prior to the trip I found that it was worth my time to purchase the membership for friends and family. I wanted to get the military discount and purchase the membership before the trip. I called (left a message) and emailed the Space Center. They responded to both within 24 hours and I was able to purchase the membership over the phone. Once I got the membership I was able to go to there website and secure a date and time. I also received a call prior to the trip and I was informed about the mobile app. Overall, great customer service before I even arrived.

Once at the Space Center it was a snap to get in with the passes they sent me. Everyone inside was very polite. The exhibits were well done. Most of the trip was self guided. I was especially impressed with the Saturn V rocket and the 747 with the space shuttle attached to the top.

The only negative thing about the Space Center was the dining facility was not operational. Since this was due to COVID I did not feel it rated a drop in my overall rating. I would highly recommend bringing a lunch and just leaving the center for lunch at your vehicle.
Written January 31, 2021
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Y Not?
Orange County, CA89 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Maybe it was just bad timing? Large crowds of rude adults and children. Couldn't watch or hear the short video because of loud0 talking by adults and kids. Tram tour line was way too long with standard admission ticket so we paid extra to upgrade. Tour had same problems of people talking so loud you couldn't hear the guide when we were touring a building. The guide's microphone wasn't working properly so information transfer was zero! Too disappointing for the cost and time!
Written January 9, 2020
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158iaing
Auckland, New Zealand91 contributions
Feb 2020
Organise a trip out to the Control Centre for NASA some 25 minutes out of the centre of Houston. Half day trips are available from city Tourist Centre including bus fare and entry to the Centre., You know you have arrived when you see the large 747 Boeing aircraft outside with the space shuttle on its fuselage. A good 2 hour taking in the exhibits in the central exhibition centre. One of the first things to do when you arrive is to book seats on the tram that takes you out and about around all the outlying mission control centre etc. Visit can be comfortably done in half a day
Written January 22, 2021
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Glen D
Houston, TX4 contributions
Oct 2021
All the inside tours and the tram was all booked up so we spent $80 for the 3 of us just walking around looking at exhibits for an hour and then left to go to see Galveston beach instead for free. They should tell you when you come that everything is all booked up BEFORE you buy tickets. O better yet get more trams for more tours. We even came in October which is not the tourist season so it should have been easy to get on the tram and see ALL the entire JSC complex. I really don't like when a place overbooks.
Written October 4, 2021
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Ninni R
Helsinki, Finland595 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
This place has been on my bucket list forever and now I finally had the chance to visit. You have to go right when it opens up at 10am or there is a huge line waiting for you. Also you have to get into the line for the tram tours, since they only have limited capacity and are sold out in minutes! Right now the main area is under construction for a new exhibition so even to there is alot to see, there could be more (for the price). We came at 10am and left around 3pm! There is wifi and many diners located inside.
Written January 6, 2020
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D H
Jackson, MI387 contributions
Dec 2019
Typical Space Center Exhibits. A little disappointed in the visit compared to other space centers we have toured. It was during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, so this is NOT the time to go unless you want to not see things and wait in lines. The hour-long lines just to get into pay to the parking lot should have given us the indication of how the rest of the trip was going to be. Parking was difficult and spots were far and few between. Luckily the main thing that we wanted to see was the Space Shuttle exhibit and we were able to see that without a problem. We ended up buying our tickets online to miss the long lines outside, but that meant paying more because online didn’t allow me to use my AAA discount which would have saved $10.00. (another hour in line vs $10) Once in, we find that we would have to wait for approximately 4-6 hours to go over to the Johnson Space Center on the Tram and we had to “book it” at the ticket station. There was already a huge line all the way down the aisle. We were going to pass on that, because we did not have that kind of time. We were able to see the Boeing jet and the Space Shuttle exhibits. There are many stairs to climb to each level, but there is also an elevator if you need that assistance. Another notable difference here from other Space Centers is that there is many, many more exhibits and hands on things for the kids to do. So, if you have kids, this would be a great place to take them. The gift shop had the normal swag. However, if you are larger than an XL, you
will not be able to purchase a NASA t-shirt because they only had a couple of things in 2X and nothing 3X or larger.
Written March 1, 2020
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John H
Dallas, TX307 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We arrived about 15 minutes before opening and there was already a short line. Opened up at 10 as advertised and the line moved quickly. If you book online make sure you have the email with you that has the barcode. I didn’t and the printed receipt did not have the barcode. Not really very good planning for a high tech operation. Had to go to the desk and wait while they located my reservation and printed paper tickets. Then we could enter OK.
First make your way to the Tram checkin area. Then make sure you have their app on your phone and make sure it has location enabled. Mine did not and we wasted more time sorting that tech problem out. Finally managed to check in for the next tram OK.
Wandered around while waiting and finally took the 1 hr tram ride into the facility and viewed one of their simulation labs and the BIG rocket. Somewhat limited viewing opportunities but the guide was very good at explaining what was in most of the buildings.
Returned to the main building and spent another four hours walking around and viewing an amazing amount of material, including samples of moon rocks. Went outside and walked around in the shuttle and 747 plane.

Apart from the technical issues it’s a great place to spend most of a day.
Written April 28, 2021
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