Monthly Member Mornings

Space Center Houston opens early for members at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. During these exclusive hours – before the center is open to the public – members can explore all of our exhibits. Occasionally, members find a variety of pop-up perks such as complimentary coffee and tea, free simulator rides and more. Member mornings are always FREE for members, and there’s no special ticket or need to RSVP! Show your membership card and photo ID for entry.

  • Feb. 9 - Space Center Houston is hosting a major conference, Space Exploration Educator Conference (SEEC) Feb. 7-9. Member access will not be exclusive on Feb. 9 and areas of the center will not be accessible.
  • March 9 - Spring break begins; public opening at 9 a.m.
  • April 13
  • May 11

*Dates, perks and features subject to change


Exhibit Opening Events

Space Center Houston members enjoy an exclusive opportunity to explore and celebrate the opening of new special exhibits. Nosh on complimentary hors d'oeuvres and enjoy features from the cash bar as you take in our newest additions. These exclusive events are free as part of your member benefits. However, a ticket is required for entry.

New exhibit, Wild Weather logo

  • Feb. 28 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Wild Weather
  • May 30 at 6:30 p.m. - Journey to Space
  • Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. - Playing with Light

*Dates and features subject to change


Annual Space Center VIP Tours

A member benefit exclusive to Contributor and Patron level members, members experience Space Center Houston with knowledgeable guides and/or exhibits staff. They will bring special exhibits and historic artifacts to life in a whole new way.

Contributor and Patron members may now request the Annual VIP Tour on a day and time convenient to each member household. The tour of Space Center Houston is available for two individuals per membership, at least one of whom is a card-holding member. Due to limited crew who can guide you through this outstanding experience, we cannot guarantee to meet all requests. Further, we may invite additional Contributor and Patron members once a tour is scheduled. All tours will be limited to 10 members to ensure that everyone gets the most out of the VIP Tour experience.

Request your tour at least three weeks in advance via email to membership@spacecenter.org or by calling +1 281-244-2105.

Find out how you can upgrade your current membership level to take advantage of this truly unique benefit by calling +1 281-244-2105.


Discovery Briefings

Get behind-the-scene access by becoming a Patron or Contributor

Exhibits Director Paul Spana (center) tells members about our lunar rocks collection.

Discovery Briefings are an exclusive opportunity for Discovery Circle level members to get behind-the-scene and deep-dive with curators, space historians and experts as well as current NASA scientists and others investigating deep space exploration.

The Briefing series debuted December 2017 when the evening featured an in-depth exploration of Space Center Houston’s lunar rocks collection – the largest collection of lunar samples on public display in the world and one of only eight places in the world where one can touch a Moon rock.

Since then, we’ve explored the Apollo 11 command module “Columbia,” the Saturn V rocket at an expanded Summer Soiree event, space suits and how the Orion trainer serves Human in the Loop testing that ensures the command module is, in fact, designed to meet human needs during spaceflight.

The spacesuit program was a fan favorite! Exhibits Director Paul Spana emceed the evening, opening with a brief overview about some of the most historically significant spacesuits in the Space Center Houston collection. For example, Pete Conrad’s Apollo 12 suit is only one of two suits worn on the Moon and housed outside of the Smithsonian. It’s still covered in Moon dust!

A family looks at astronaut suits in our Astronaut Gallery

From left to right: Amy Ross, long-time member David Burlington and son Peyton Burlington, Dr. John Charles.

Dr. John Charles, Space Center Houston’s scientist in residence, offered a short discussion about some of the requirements our human physiology demands, which make it necessary for an astronaut to don a spacesuit in the first place.

Amy Ross, spacesuit designer at NASA Johnson Space Center and daughter of astronaut Jerry Ross, exuded enthusiasm as she took the floor. She showed guests the layers of fabric that protect an astronaut from micrometeoroids and debris travelling through space at some 17,500 mph. “How does fabric, no matter how many layers, protect an astronaut from that?” one member inquired.

Ross went on to discuss how shockwaves are managed at each layer and how hyper-physics behaves differently than the earthly physics to which most of us are accustomed. “The challenge is protecting the astronaut from the secondary impactor (like) the Moon dust that is kicked up when an object collides with the Moon’s surface,” Ross responded.

Members asked intriguing questions throughout the presentations, but the one-to-one and small group conversations members enjoyed with the presenters to close out the evening have become a hallmark of the series. Peyton Burlington, an MIT and aerospace engineering hopeful, was as wowed by all that he learned as he was by the opportunity to talk with our space experts about their education and career paths.

Find out how you can upgrade your current membership level to take advantage of this truly unique benefit by calling +1 281-244-2105.

Please note that space is limited and RSVP is required.

* Dates and features subject to change


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