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Armstrong Air & Space Museum
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Owner description: The year was 1969 and the mood was as high as the man on the moon. Neil A. Armstrong had done what no man had done before him. From his hometown of Wapakoneta, across the United States, and around the world, people wanted to honor his feat.The Apollo 11 crew had completed the greatest journey in human history putting men on the moon and setting the course for the future of the nation's space program.The impact of that journey is still felt in Wapakoneta today. Businesses and streets in the community reflect the pride the city has in its native son, the first person to walk on the moon.On July 20, 1969, Ohio governor James Rhodes proposed a museum as a monument to the achievements of not only Armstrong but "all Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity," as well as to the history of the space program itself.After the state of Ohio pledged $500,000 for the museum, Governor Rhodes challenged the local community to match, dollar for dollar, the funds to build the facility. "Neil Armstrong is the man of the century and we want to perpetuate his achievements here in Ohio," Rhodes said.Wapakoneta residents met that challenge head on. Businesses and individuals alike donated to the cause. Even school children saved their pennies and nickels in order to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime project.When the governor returned to Wapakoneta, he was presented with a check for $528,313.55. Citizens of Wapakoneta had raised over half of the total cost.Plans for the museum were unveiled during the groundbreaking ceremony in 1970. The design was unique. Earth was mounded around the steel-reinforced concrete building, giving the building the semblance of being underground. Designed to accommodate the Astro Theater for multimedia film and sound presentations, the central sphere dominates the entire complex. The fifty-six feet wide dome enhances the futuristic moon-base design.On July 20, 1972, three years to the day after Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum opened to much fanfare. Armstrong himself was present to help open the facility, and Tricia Nixon Cox, standing in for the President, presented moon rocks brought back to Earth from the Apollo 11 mission.As space exploration has evolved, so have the exhibits at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. But the focus has remained the same: to stand not only as a repository of Ohio's aeronautical history and a monument to Ohio's contribution to aviation and space exploration, but also as a tribute to Ohioan Neil Armstrong, whose "one small step for a man" was indeed a "giant leap for mankind."
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“Great little space museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

Just returned from the Dayton, Ohio area. When we arrived at the airport we had time to spare so we thought we would drive an hour north to Wapakoneta to see Armstrong Air & Space Museum. Well worth the trip if you're in the area. Doesn't take a lot of time to go through it. I would allow about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Not a whole lot for young children to do at this museum and the price might deter families but a good museum for those that enjoy space and the history of space.

Visited April 2014
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Fremont, California
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“Interesting Visit to Neil Armstrong Space Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

This was a fun visit. The building first is an interesting architecture site. In side there is both exhibits as well as a good movie on space exploration. The staff was very nice and informative as well. Parking was free at the lot by the museum.

Visited October 2013
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Pickerington, Ohio
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“If you like aviation, space, or history, this is a good value.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

The location is inviting, and the outdoor exhibits beckon. Unfortunately, the weather was terrible so I did not get to visit them.
However, the setup inside is very nice. The flow of the displays is good, the movie short and interesting. It appears they took a cue from Disney and put the store just before the exit. :)
The price is very reasonable, and it took me a bit over an hour to see everything. I will agree with other reviewers though - little ones will be bored as there's not much interactive. And if you're not interested in the subject matter (aviation, space travel, history, Neil Armstrong), then you will be bored as well. But if those things do pique your interest, this is a nice little side trip as you head up I-75.

Visited March 2014
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Dayton
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“Ha! ...Was at the dedication ceremony in 1972”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

First of all, I was there as a kid When Nixon's daughter gave a speech as the dedication. I visited there several times over the years , they had a nice restaurant called.the Chalet Inn connected to the museum back in the day. Parents use to go there for special events.

Visited January 2013
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Covington, Kentucky
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“Armstrong museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Outside is impressive especially to a young person. Inside great interactive displays and an enjoyable visit. Recommend to anyone who has the slightest interest in America.

Visited October 2013
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