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Visiting the Johnson Houston Space Center


Space Center Houston - Visiting Johnson Space Center

Space Center Houston - Visiting Johnson Space Center

Space Center Houston - Visiting Johnson Space Center

Space Center Houston - Visiting Johnson Space Center


Hours of Operation:

Space Center Houston is open every day of the year, with the exception of December 25.

Summer: June 10am - 7pm, July 9am - 7pm, August 10am-5pm, 10am - 7pm Weekends

Winter: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 6pm

Admission Cost:

  • Adults $17.95
  • Children (4-11) $13.95
  • Seniors $16.95
  • Parking $5.00
  • Group Rates (15 or more) are available. Please call 281–244–2105 for more information


Space Center Houston is located at: 1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
Approximately 25 miles South of downtown Houston in the NASA/Clear Lake area.
Phone 281-244-2100


What to Do


Space Center theater - Sponsored By: Northrop Grumman:

People of all ages are fascinated with what it takes to be an astronaut. This attraction shows the excitement, the commitment and the risks taken by the people who fly in space. Here we can see the evolution of the equipment and the training of the men and women who dreamed to be astronauts. We want guests to experience first hand what it takes to be an astronaut. The film, shown on a 5-story tall screen, takes the viewer by the heart to bring them into the life of an astronaut from the time they receive notification of their acceptance into the training program to their first mission.

Blast Off Theater:

The only place in the world where you can personally experience the thrill of launching into space like a real astronaut. Not just a movie; it's the thrill of personally feeling the launch into space - from the rocket boosters to the billowing exhaust.

Visitors said about their trips:

  • "It's like IMAX in 10D!"
    "There's nothing like it in the whole world!"

After docking at the International Space Station, guests enter the Blastoff Theater for an update on current shuttle missions, as well as details on the exploration of Mars.

NASA Tram Tour:

With this behind-the-scenes journey through NASA's Johnson Space Center, you may visit the Historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the current Mission Control Center. Before returning to Space Center Houston, you can visit the "all new" Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park. Occasionally, the tour may visit other facilities, such as the Sonny Carter Training Facility or Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. You may even get to see astronauts training for upcoming missions.

  • The buildings visited on the tram tour are real working areas of Johnson Space Center and are subject to close without notice.

Astronaut Gallery:

The Astronaut Gallery is an unparalleled exhibit outside Northrop Grumman Theater featuring the world's best collection of spacesuits. Astronaut John Young's ejection suit and Judy Resnik's T-38 flightsuit are two of the many spacesuits on display.

The walls of the Astronaut Gallery also contain portraits and crew photos of every U.S. astronaut who has flown in space.

The Feel Of Space:

The Living in Space module simulates what life could be like for astronauts aboard the space station. A Mission Briefing Officer gives a live presentation on how astronauts live in a space environment.

It uses humor to show how the smallest tasks like showering and eating are complicated by a microgravity environment. A volunteer from the audience helps to prove the point.

Beyond the Living in Space Module are 24 part task trainers that use sophisticated computer technology to provide visitors with the experience of landing the orbiter, retrieving a satellite or exploring the shuttle systems.

Starship Gallery:

The journey into space begins with the film "On Human Destiny" at the Destiny Theater. Artifacts and hardware on display in the Starship Gallery trace the progression of America's Manned Space Flight.

This incredible collection includes: an original model of the Goddard Rocket; the actual Mercury Atlas 9 "Faith 7" capsule flown by Gordon Cooper; the Gemini V Spacecraft piloted by Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper; a Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, the Apollo 17 Command Module, the giant Skylab Trainer, and the Apollo-Soyuz Trainer.

Kids Space Place:

Kids Space Place was created for children of all ages who have always dreamed of experiencing the same things astronauts do in space.

Interactive exhibits and themed area make exploring the different aspects of space and the manned space flight program loads of fun.

Inside Kids Space Place, guests can explore and experiment commanding the space shuttle or living on the space station.

  • Age and/or height restrictions may apply on some activities.
Level 9 Tour:

Go Behind the Scenes. See where the Astronauts "Hang Out"!

The Level Nine Tour takes you behind the scenes to see the real world of NASA up close and personal. On this four-hour tour you will see things that only the astronauts see and eat what and where they eat.

All your questions will be answered by a very knowledgeable Tour Guide as you discover the secrets that have been kept behind closed doors for years.

The Level Nine Tour is Monday-Friday and includes a FREE HOT LUNCH in the astronauts' cafeteria which makes it a "Big Bang" for your buck! The only security clearance is that you must be 14 years of age or older.

HURRY! Only 12 Level Nine admissions are available each day. RESERVE YOUR SPECIALLY PRICED ADMISSION NOW ONLINE or by calling Group Sales 281-244-2115. Advanced reservations must be made at least one day prior to visit. Purchase admission until all spots filled on the day of your visit at the Space Center Houston Information Desk. Tour begins promptly at 11:45 am.

The Level Nine Tour sites include:

  • Building 3 - Astronaut Cafeteria (Enjoy a free lunch where the astronauts eat everyday.)
  • Building 2 - Teague Auditorium (Artifacts)
  • Building 7 - Space Suit Displays
  • Building 9NE - Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility (Observation Catwalk)
  • Building 30S - New Mission Control Center (Viewing Areas)
  • Building 30N - Historic Mission Control Center
  • Building 32 - Space Environment Simulation Lab (Vacuum Chamber)
  • Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab (Observation Catwalk) Building availability subject to change based on safety regulation and astronaut training schedules.

Become A Member.

2 Great Ways to Save!

  • Individual Membership: $25.95
  • Family Of Four Membership: $94.80
    *Add-ons only $24.95
Plus receive...
  • 10% discount on food
  • 10% discount on souvenirs
  • Free parking for an entire year
  • Free admission for an entire year
Space Center Houston Memberships available now at the Ticket Window and Membership Desk.
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