Member events

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.

  • Jan. 13 – Free VR/simulator rides
  • Feb. 10 – We Love Our Members Month
  • March 10 – Last Member Morning to see Destination Moon exhibit
  • April 14
  • May 12

*Dates, perks and features subject to change

Members-only Preview Event

One of the most amazing benefits of being a Space Center Houston member is that you have the opportunity to preview new special exhibits — before they open to the public! Nosh on complimentary hors d’oeuvres and enjoy features from the cash bar as you take in our newest additions.

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  • April 19 – New Above and Beyond exhibit
  • Oct. 5 – New Planet Pioneers exhibit

*Dates and features subject to change

Annual Space Center VIP Tours

An exclusive benefit for Contributor and Patron level members is to experience Space Center Houston with knowledgeable guides and/or exhibits staff. These experts bring special exhibits and historic artifacts to life in a whole new way.

On designated Fridays, members-only VIP tours will start at 10 a.m., with a second option at 1 p.m. Each member household may attend one VIP tour during each membership year. An RSVP for the membership tour is required by emailing us at or calling 281-244-2105. Space is limited to ensure that everyone gets the most out of the VIP Tour experience.

  • Jan. 19 – includes Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibit
  • April 27 – includes Above and Beyond
  • July 20 – includes Above and Beyond
  • Nov. 9 – includes Planet Pioneers

These Friday visits are also a great opportunity to use your Lunch with an Astronaut benefits!
*Dates and features subject to change

Quarterly Curator Briefings

This is an exclusive opportunity for Contributor and Patron level members to hear behind-the-scene talks and deep-dive with curators, education professionals and industry experts.

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

The series debuted December 2017 when an intimate gathering of members enjoyed insights from Exhibits Director Paul Spana. 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.

Spana detailed specific lunar sites that were selected for sample collection during the Apollo lunar landings and what those samples revealed about the moon’s composition. Since our moon does not experience erosion and is not influenced by atmospheric dynamics, moon rocks are essentially a look back in time to when the moon’s crust was formed some 4.4 billion years ago, he explained. To close the event, Spana took guests into Space Center Houston’s Lunar Samples Vault to show our remarkable collection of moon rocks.

  • March 8 – the Apollo 11 command module “Columbia” before it leaves.
  • June 7 – Saturn V rocket
  • Sept. 6
  • Dec. 13

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