The only reason I am giving this musuem three stars is because I got to meet an astronaut and that was cool. If it was not for that, it would have gotten two stars because i do not think it is worth $11.50.
I visited on "Space Day", which is an annual day dedicated to space education for kids. The facility should have been prepared to be busy. I paid the admission, but there was no one monitoring who was going in, so people were just walking in without paying and nothing was done about it.
As far as the interactive displays, only about half of them actually worked. There are a couple of cool basic flight simulators where you can fly a space shuttle. There are also two remote control Mars Rovers, but none of them worked. The planes are cool to look at and you can climb into some of the models to get a look at the cockpit. There is an exhibit called "Grossology", which covers the science behind snot and other gross things. It was actually interesting and funny. The gift shop has many NASA and Air Force vehicles and an array of unique jewelry. The bathrooms and the food court are disgusting. The were no lids for the drinks and hardly any tables.
The parking is free and is across the street. The museum is also across from the Hampton History Museum and a mile across the Booker T. Washington bridge to the Hampton University Museum and campus.
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