Fun & Interesting Space Centres And Events!
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - Florida, USA.
Located beside NASA's famous Kennedy Space Center, the visitor centre features enough to keep you entertained for several days! There’s historic spacecraft from NASA’s pioneering Project Mercury, Project Gemini and the Apollo Program. Also lots of memorabilia, exhibits, displays, two IMAX theatres, talks by veteran NASA astronauts and even a bus tour of the nearby launch pads! You’ll even be able to explore the real-life ‘Space Shuttle Atlantis’ and experience a shuttle launch through a simulated ride into space. And don’t forget to check out the Rocket Garden! For information follow this link.
Apollo/Saturn V Center – Florida, USA.
Make sure if you’re visiting the Kennedy Space Center to board the bus which takes you inside the restricted NASA area to visit the amazing Apollo/Saturn V Center! Here you’ll be able to see up close an actual Saturn V rocket, the Apollo 14 Command Module, Lunar Rover among lots more. You’ll even be able to touch a piece of the Moon that the astronauts from Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 brought back! For information follow this link.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – New York, USA.
If you live near, or are visiting New York City, don’t forget to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. This is an educational and cultural non-profit institution centred on the aircraft carrier Intrepid. Among all the other aircraft and interesting attractions the kids will love, you can also see the first ‘Space Shuttle’ – the Enterprise. The Enterprise was the first of the ‘shuttles’ to be built and was used for flight testing. Even though it never made it to space, it looks like the real thing! For information follow this link.
National Air and Space Museum – Washington, USA.
An absolute must-see if you’re interested in aviation or spaceflight! When you visit the National Air & Space Museum you’ll be launched into the history of flight when you see all the historic craft from air and space travel. Located in Central Washington, D.C, there are hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, and rockets to take your breath away and inspire you. There is even a planetarium and an IMAX theatre to complete your out-of-this-world experience! For information follow this link.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center – Chantilly, Virginia, USA.
Located a short drive from Washington DC, is another of the World’s Greatest Air & Space Museums. Spread across two huge hangars, the museum displays thousands of artefacts and many of the most historic aircraft and spacecraft of human history. The incredible Space Shuttle Discovery is even on display here! A veteran of over 39 spaceflights over 27 years, Discovery is a must see for any little space enthusiast! For information follow this link.
Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center – Los Angles, USA.
A great place for visitors of all ages to understand key scientific and engineering principles related to atmospheric flight and the exploration of the universe. There is an outstanding collection of aircraft and spacecraft to explore and learn about. In addition there are hands-on educational exhibits that promote active learning through discovery. As a bonus, you can visit the amazing Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit! For information follow this link.
Virginia Air And Space Center – Hampton, Virginia, USA.
Birthplace of America’s space program, the Virginia Air & Space Center features interactive aviation exhibits spanning 100 years of flight that the kids will love! There are over 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space exploration gallery and unique space flight artefacts! The centre is home to the Apollo 12 Command Module and a test version of the next generation NASA Orion spacecraft! For information follow this link.
Cosmosphere Space Museum – Hutchinson, Kansas, USA.
A fascinating space museum that houses over 13,000 spaceflight artefacts – this is the largest combined collection of US and Russian spaceflight artefacts in the world! The museum also runs acclaimed educational programs and is home to the Apollo 13 Command Module and the Project Mercury Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft which had been lost at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 37 years! For information follow this link.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) – Huntsville, Alabama, USA.
Over 650,000 (mostly students) visit the USSRC’s large rocket and space related collection contains more than 1,500 items. From America’s first satellite, a Saturn V rocket, the Apollo 16 Command module, a moon rock from Apollo 12, the Pathfinder space shuttle stack and even a next-generation space vehicle - Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser! The museum provides tonnes of excitement and showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight. For information follow this link.
Space Center Houston – Houston, Texas, USA.
Welcoming more than 1 million visitors per year, the Space Center Houston is one of the most popular space centres in the world! The centre features more than 400 space artefacts, exhibits & attractions to teach the next generation about the excitement of human spaceflight! You can even visit (and board) the test space shuttle Independence mounted to its NASA carrier 747! And the 90 minute tram tour of the Johnson Space Center where you’ll see a real Saturn V rocket and Mission Control (among other attractions) isn’t to be missed!
For information about the Space Center Houston follow this link.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is an amazing research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions. From developing America's first Earth-orbiting science satellite, building interplanetary spacecraft to study all of the planets in the solar system in addition to a few asteroids, comets and Earth's Moon. JPL also manages the Deep Space Network allowing communication with the probes and rovers sent into deep space.
Sign up to join the tour of JPL to learn about its robotic space missions, including the Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity! For information, and to make a booking, follow this link.
INFINITY Science Center – Mississippi, USA.
The INFINITY centre is NASA's official visitor centre for the Stennis Space Center (NASA’s primary rocket testing facility). INFINITY offers a blend of space, Earth science, engineering and technology content along with excellent & entertaining educational events. This combination guarantees an exciting experience you will not find anywhere else! For more information follow this link.
European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) - Darmstadt, Germany.
Home to the European Space Agency’s (ESA) satellite operations, the engineering teams that control spacecraft in orbit and design and build the systems on the ground that support missions in space. You can join a tour of the facilities that includes a short introduction film and a visit to the Main Control Room! For more information follow this link.
The Kids Euro Space Centre – Transinne, Belgium.
An ‘everything space’ themed centre for kids of all ages to enjoy! Experience the conquest of space by walking on the Moon and the surface of Planet Mars with visual reality and gravity assessed suit! See a Space Show, check out the Planetarium and learn about the daily life as an astronaut. Here you’ll be sure to learn and discover a fascinating universe! For more information follow this link.
Guiana Space Centre – Kourou, French Guiana.
Visit & Tour Europe’s Spaceport which is one of the main attractions in French Guiana. You will be able to visit the Space Museum, the Jupiter Building, the control centre and take a bus tour of former and the current Ariane 5 launch site! Free guided tours are available when a launch is not in progress. For more information follow this link.
London Science Museum, Exploring Space School Visit – London, United Kingdom.
You can visit and discover how we’ve sent spacecraft to other planets, walked on the Moon and peered into the heart of our galaxy and beyond! You can even see the actual Apollo 10 Command Module that was sent to the Moon as the ‘dress rehearsal’ mission for historic Apollo 11 mission! This gallery is free but needs to be pre-booked for school classes. For more information follow this link.
Chinese Space Museum – Fengtai District, Beijing, China.
China Space Museum has a three-level exhibition hall containing model rockets, manned spacecraft, satellites, moon exploration artefacts, the Tiangong-1 space station and about China’s space history and future. This museum is unfortunately only available for Chinese nationals to visit. For more information follow this link.
The Museum of Cosmonauts – Moscow, Russia.
Located at the foot of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space (which commemorates the Soviet and Russian nation’s many achievements in space exploration) a short distance from central Moscow. Here you can learn about one of the great space nations and their exploits in space, including when they launched the first man (Yuri Gagarin) into space! For more information follow this link.
The Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History – Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Situated inside the Cosmodrome complex, the Museum contains a dated, but impressive collection of exhibits, photos and real rocket engines parts from the Soviet & Russian space industry! The complex is made up of a two-storey building containing the exhibits, an open-air exposition which displays huge rockets (including a Soviet Buran Space Shuttle that you can go inside)! For more information follow this link.