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“A major disappointment”

U.S. Space and Rocket Center
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$24.00*
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US Space and Rocket Center Admission
Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Orange City, Florida
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141 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A major disappointment”
Reviewed April 5, 2009

At a cost if $20 each, we got a great exhibit of a Saturn V rocket…and that was about all. The layout of the facility is disjointed and disorganized. The handout map apparently was copied on an old black-and-white copier…almost impossible to read and understand, did not even show the space shuttle display. Except for the person who checked our admission receipt, staff seemed to care little about the visitors. On a positive note, the restrooms were clean and modern…too bad the displays were not. If you have ever visited NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center or the Johnson Space Center, skip this one. You will be very disappointed. Also, the exhibit of missiles/rockets at White Sands is far superior to the one at Huntsville.

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Tulsa
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“Worth the trip”
Reviewed March 25, 2009

We just got home last week from Spring Break. On the way home, our family of 4 stopped at the rocket center and were awed by the history of the rocket program began after WWII with the immigration of 118 German scientists and grandeur of the rockets themselves.

My 4 and 6 year old enjoyed running around in the large Davidson hangar that housed many exhibits and interactive displays that included a fun demonstration of a rocket launch with alka seltzer, a map of the moon with completed lunar missions, an excellent Ares I and V video presentation, a real Apollo capsule burnt from re-entry, the decontamination trailer housing Armstrong/Aldrin/Collins after Apollo 11 returned, lunar vehicle, the wonderful computer center where you can personally view and learn about different aspects of NASA programs at your own speed, including the Hubble telescope and its pictures, and of course the large Saturn V rocket laying on its side.

The main museum had nice exhibits indoor and outdoor. The main gift shop was impressive. We didn't have time for any shows but we will definitely come back in the future, perhaps for Space Camp in the summer.

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Dublin, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Trip for the Cub Scouts”
Reviewed January 20, 2009

This is one of the more pricey trips we have done as a cub scout pack. We did the three day, two night trip and were not disappointed at all. Everyone that went had a great time. The schedule is well planned and there is not a dull moment.

The educational "labs" or shows were excellent. The facilities are great and the history is phenomenal.

If you are looking for an amusement park, this is going to disappoint you, but if you are looking for exciting history and education, this is awesome!

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London
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“Great attraction but not for all”
Reviewed October 29, 2008

OK, it's two things:
1) Space camp, for visiting groups of youngsters based on educational needs / themes. This seems very popular and activities are well planned for young people of a range of ages.
2) As a drop in visitor to the museum. Personally I found this an excellent experience. The history of Huntsville in propulsion systems. The story of The Apollo Saturn program, Explorer 1, etc. all the way upto date with the Shuttle ISS and Ares. BUT.....this will have the average 4 - 12 year old bored silly in 30 minutes.
Also, the management really needs to take a hard look at the detail as you walk around. The maps are out of date. The Cafe staff all appear to work on the level of a 1970s calculator. Hey guys....200 people who want coffee need more than a pot of 20 portions of milk. Some arrows printed on the floor would also help in walking around the exhibits in a logical progression and would avoid tidal waves of people heading in opposite directions. Also, the labels on some of the external missles have worn out and are way too brief. Name date range and that's it.
But despite the little niggles, I really enjoyed my 5 hour visit around some excellent exhibits that the website does not even begin to do justice to. Recommended but could be improved.

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Montevallo, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“History in front of your eyes”
Reviewed August 5, 2008

I don't know if others expect a "theme park" atmosphere when it comes to the Space Center, but for me, it was fantastic. Irregardless of how others aound me acted, behaved, or not behaved, I was awestruck at the history of our space travels that this place holds. My grandson has gone to the space camp for two years and loves it. His Dad is in the Air Force and we really enjoyed our trip and visit there and looking forward to returning with my classes this year as a school trip. Being able to just see and be close to these rockets, military battalion vehicles, and to see how far space has advanced over the years. My two other grand children also loved it as well as the one that went to camp there. We will be going again, and again, and again. Take the time to reflect through your years growing up and I am sure that you will find this an excellent place to visit without looking for a theme park to entertain your kids and yourself.

Enjoy! We did, and will again.

Linda Edwards Darden
Montevallo, Alabama

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