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Accolades and Recognition

Smithsonian Affiliate, 2014-Present

Space Center Houston is Houston’s first Smithsonian Affiliate museum. Smithsonian Affiliates share exhibits and collections, collaborate on research projects and develop innovative education strategies with the Smithsonian.

NASA Johnson Space Center Official Visitor Center, 1992-Present

Space Center Houston is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, the home of astronaut training, International Mission Control and human space exploration.

Certified Autism Center

Space Center Houston strives to ensure that the nonprofit is an accessible and accepting destination. That essential work has been recognized by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. The science and space exploration learning center is the first of its kind to be designated as a Certified Autism Center by the IBCCES. The certification process involves rigorous training for staff, inspections and improvements that enable Space Center Houston to better welcome and accommodate guests with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory and cognitive challenges.

AMA Houston Crystal Awards, 2023

Space Center Houston launched its rebrand in October 2022. In May 2023, the work around that rebranding project was recognized at the Houston chapter of the American Marketing Association’s annual Crystal Awards. Space Center Houston won in the following categories:

  • Best Rebranding: Corporate or Organization Rebrand
  • Best Brand Guidelines / Style Guide
  • Best Public Display – Fixed
  • Best Website – Nonprofit

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award (formerly Certificate of Excellence), 2014-2021

The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award celebrates outstanding hospitality businesses listed on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Space Center Houston has earned the award six years in a row based on consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers.

One of the most spectacular museums in the world, 2017

An article in Condé Nast Traveler named Space Center Houston as one of the most spectacular museums in the world.

IAAPA Brass Ring Awards, 2016

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded Space Center Houston’s Independence Plaza with the industry’s highest honor. The colossal exhibit earned the Impact Award and Best New Product for Displays and Sets. The Impact Award, one of the most distinguished of the international Brass Ring Awards program, is given to a category winner that had or will have the most impact on the future of the industry. The Best New Product for Displays and Sets Award recognizes excellence in the theming and design of an exhibit or attraction.

Associated General Contractors of America, Houston Chapter, Awards for Project Excellence Silver Award, 2016

The innovative construction of Independence Plaza won the Silver Award in the Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing Category for Space Center Houston contractor MLN Company. Independence Plaza required 80 tons of air conditioning, 1,565 feet of sprinkler piping, and 8,970 pounds of duct work.

Houston Chronicle Top Workplace, 2016

Space Center Houston was selected as one of the best places to work in the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle. The Top Workplaces are based solely on the results of an anonymous employee survey measuring several aspects of workplace culture including alignment, execution and connection.

Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Certificate, 2004-2016

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Space Center Houston for hosting the Epicurean Evening event highlighting local cuisine and businesses annually at Space Center Houston.

TripAdvisor Bravo Award, 2015

The TripAdvisor Bravo Award recognizes attractions with a significant number of “excellent,” five-star reviews from visitors.

Lian Top Choice, 2015

Space Center Houston received the Lian Top Choice award in the tourist attraction category after receiving positive reviews from judges and Asian visitors.

Constant Contact All-Star, 2014

Constant Contact recognized organizations for e-marketing outreach and engagements efforts. Space Center Houston was in the top 10 percent of Constant Contact clients in relation to how it interacts with subscribers.

Houston Press Best Tourist Attractions, 2006, 2014

Houston Press named Space Center Houston the best tourist attraction in 2006 and 2014.

The Big Draw & No. 1 Attraction in Houston, 2014

An article about Houston in USA Today dubbed Space Center Houston as “The Big Draw” in Houston in 2014 and named the center the number one attraction in Houston.

Texas Office of the Governor Appreciate Certificate, 2012

The Texas Office of the Governor recognized Space Center Houston for the center’s efforts during Shuttlebration weekend securing, transporting and displaying the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence.

Friendswood Independence School District Appreciate Certificate, 2010

Friendswood Independence School District and Career and Technology Education recognized Space Center Houston as a vital link for students as a connection between academics, business and the community.

Space Center Houston Day in the City of Houston, 2006

The city of Houston recognized Space Center Houston for outstanding achievements.

NASA Public Service Medal, 2003

Space Center Houston received this prestigious award for its “Outstanding Support of NASA.”

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Moon 2 Mars Festival is back!

Tickets on sale now | March 13 - 16

The All-American Rejects are throwing Space Center Houston’s Moon 2 Mars Festival into hyperdrive. Amp up your Space City Spring Break with us!

Access to this all-ages festival is included in general admission.


Join us in shaping the future of Space City by supporting STEM education for the next generation of space explorers!

Space Center Houston is working to foster a new generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a city renowned for its pioneering spirit and innovation, inspiring our youth to reach for the stars is crucial. Your donation today will allow us to provide engaging programs and invaluable opportunities for more under-resourced students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Make a gift now and make a lasting impact on our community’s future!