Space Center Houston is owned and operated by the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation offering extensive science education programs and a space museum. Space Center Houston is a leading science and space exploration learning center.
Health and Safety
In compliance with directives of health officials and CDC guidelines, we are safely welcoming back guests with new exhibits, spacious outdoor experiences and additional health and safety measures at the forefront of our daily operations.
To help ensure the best experience possible, prior to your arrival, guests are encouraged to download the free Space Center Houston app.
Space Center Houston’s new health and safety procedures include:
- timed admission tickets for staggered entry to the museum. All guests, including members, must have a timed admission ticket. While children under three years old receive free admission, they still need a timed admission ticket. Guests can select tickets for every hour from when the center opens until 2 p.m. Click here to reserve your time and purchase your tickets online.
- a NASA Tram Tour boarding pass will allow guests to choose a boarding time to avoid lines. To get your free boarding pass, download our free mobile app or visit the Guest Services Desk.
- Revised Mask Policy: Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidelines and announced that people without preexisting conditions in communities classified as medium or low risk do not need to wear masks or practice physical distancing in most indoor and outdoor settings. As a result, effective Monday, March 7, Space Center Houston strongly encourages all guests to wear a face mask during their visit, but masks are not required in our facility.
- a new touchless entry with self-scan turnstiles.
- increased hand sanitizer stations.
- touchless credit card transactions. Please plan accordingly as we will have limited cash-only lines.
- best practices in cleanliness with enhanced daily cleaning and sanitized surfaces center-wide nightly.
- Comfortable clothing: Guests are advised to wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing as some experiences take place outdoors over extended periods of time. The NASA Tram tour is an open-air tram. Be sure to monitor weather conditions and dress appropriately.
- Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes, such as athletic shoes. There is a lot to explore in our 183,000-square-foot facility and some walking is required on the NASA Tram Tour.
- Bags: Bring a small bag. It can seem impossible to lug around your souvenirs and stuff all day. Large diaper bags are permitted, but are subject to inspection. For your safety and the safety of others, all bags must be screened by security officers prior to entering Space Center Houston.
- Cameras: Charge your camera and bring an extra set of batteries. We welcome photography at Space Center Houston but not inside our theaters. Crew members will point out photo restrictions on the NASA tours. If you are news media, please visit our news page.
- Weapons: Weapons are not permitted in the facility. These include, but are not limited to, guns and other firearms, stun guns, pepper spray and other chemical irritants, explosives and pocket knives or pen knives with blades longer than 4 inches and/or with locking blades. Any item that is in violation of state or federal statues is not permitted.
- Luggage: “Luggage,” such as oversized backpacks, large duffel bags and suitcases, cannot be brought into the facility. Storage lockers are no longer available for rental.
- Alcoholic beverages: Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
- Food and coolers: Large quantities of food and coolers are not permitted inside the facility. Exceptions can be made for meals necessitated by dietary or medical needs. Guests are welcome to use the outdoor picnic facility near the front entrance.
- Pets: With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted at Space Center Houston.
- Camera accessories and equipment: Large camera equipment, tripod of any kind (tripods, monopods, gimbals and selfie-sticks), action cameras (GoPros, DJI, etc), external lighting, aerial drones, camera lenses longer than six inches, and audio equipment are not allowed at Space Center Houston.
- Aerial drones: Visitors cannot use aerial drones at Space Center Houston.
- Costume or character masks: Guests cannot visit Space Center Houston wearing costume or character masks.
When to visit
Space Center Houston has peak attendance on weekends, holidays and in the summer. We recommend guests arrive as early as possible during these times. We extend hours to accommodate visitors during busy times. View seasonal hours.
Map & guide
Download the Space Center Houston app with interactive GPS maps, NASA Tram Tour Boarding Passes, audio tours, and more.
VR simulators: Our virtual reality experience guides you on a spacewalk experience aboard the International Space Station. Experience the view from low-earth orbit.
Motion simulators: Our simulator rides use a powerful hydraulic and theater system to mimic the feel of space travel!
Simulators cost between $8 and $10 per person and are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking at Space Center Houston is $5. Parking is automatically added to online ticket purchases. Parking can also be paid at the ticket booths. Members get free parking. There is ample parking for buses and oversized vehicles. Guests with electric vehicles may use our electric car charging station after purchasing parking.
If you need cash during your visit, we have two ATM machines inside Space Center Houston. The machines are located at the Space Center Houston front entrance and the entrance to Zero-G Diner.
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Health & Safety
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I help maintain health and safety?
Guests and crew members are encouraged to stay home if you feel sick, have a temperature exceeding 100.4 F or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
To help ensure ticket availability for the time you wish to visit, we recommend all guests purchase advance timed admission tickets online, prior to arriving at the center.
Wearing a face mask is strongly encouraged.
Maintain physical spacing and follow the directions of signage.
Wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the center.
Individuals and families that have traveled internationally should not attend any educational programming until they have completed a 14-day quarantine and practiced social distancing.
Is everything open?
Yes, all of our permanent exhibits are open for guests. We are safely welcoming guests with new exhibits, new live shows, spacious outdoor experiences and additional health and safety measures at the forefront of our daily operations.
We are providing individually packaged food service and beverage options.
All Space Center Houston experiences are subject to change while the center continues to monitor state and local health and safety guidelines.
How do I get a free NASA Tram Tour boarding pass?
A NASA Tram Tour boarding pass is now required to take the NASA Tram Tour. There are two options to get your free boarding pass.
- Download our free Space Center Houston app, tap the "Join tram virtual line" button, select the tour you want to take, enter the number of people in your group, and reserve your virtual boarding passes. You must be onsite to reserve your tram virtual boarding passes.
- Visit the Guest Services Desk at the entrance to Space Center Houston, and a crewmember will reserve your boarding pass.
Is it safe for us to visit?
Space Center Houston is committed to the health and safety of our guests, volunteers and local community; and we have taken extraordinary steps to see that we keep our facility clean and safe for all.
We are in compliance with the directives of the Centers for Disease Control/World Health Organization to minimize risk. As a result, effective Monday, March 7, Space Center Houston strongly encourages all guests to wear a face mask during their visit, but masks are not required in our facility.
Space Center Houston employees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask for the safety of everyone.
We have been diligently working to enhance the guest experience while implementing additional health and safety procedures. We want our guests to feel safe and inspired through our authentic science learning experiences.
We have new protocols in place, including self-scan turnstiles and sanitizing stations.
All employees participated in a Return to Work orientation to learn about new procedures and how, together, we all play an important role in the health and safety of our community.
The center will continue to monitor any changing circumstances.
We are asking that all our guests please continue to take precautions to stay healthy and safe and refer to the CDC recommendations about best practices.
How do members reserve a timed admission ticket?
Members are able to reserve a day and time through our online portal. Once at the center, members should present their membership card and their timed admission ticket.
Do Houston CityPASS holders need to reserve a visit date/time?
Advance reservations are recommended for CityPASS holders. First, purchase CityPASS online for immediate, paperless delivery to your mobile device. Next, call (281) 283-4755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your time. CityPASS guests without an advance reservation can obtain a ticket for the next available time at the ticket window. CLICK HERE to learn more about saving 50% off admission with CityPASS. Present your CityPASS and timed tickets at the concierge desk upon arrival.
What should I do if I have old, non-timed admission tickets?
Guests who have non-dated Space Center Houston admission tickets can reserve a specific date and time for your visit ahead of time by sending your name, email address, phone number, and order confirmation number to our Reservations Department at email@example.com. Someone from the Reservations Department will then contact you to help you reserve your specific date and time.
To reserve a specific date and time for your visit with a non-dated Space Center Houston admission tickets while onsite at the center, visit our Guest Services Desk just inside the entrance to Space Center Houston. Note: the original tickets must presented at the concierge.
When will education programs or special events begin?
Many education programs have resumed. Individuals and families that have traveled internationally should not attend any educational programming until they have completed a 14-day quarantine and practiced social distancing.
When can I book a Level 9 Tour?
During our Level 9 Tour, guests get unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to multiple locations at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), which is a working government facility. At this time, JSC safety protocols will not allow public access to areas on the tour. We will not begin offering the Level 9 Tour until we have enough access to make it a premium experience.
When can I book a group visit?
We are able to book group visits now. Please contact our Reservations Department to book a group visit at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 281-283-4755.
How can people still experience the center and science learning virtually?
We will continue to work to bring Space Center Houston to the public digitally. Space Center Houston is committed to making science and space exploration accessible for everyone.
Continue to explore space virtually with us! Connect with us on social media stay-to-date with NASA missions, upcoming launches, special events and educational programs.
Experience our monthly Space Center Houston’s Thought Leader Series, presented by UTMB Health. Hear from space experts on a variety of topics including current and former NASA flight controllers, retired NASA astronauts, leading women in space and more.
Take a virtual tour of the museum. Download the free Space Center Houston mobile app for augmented reality, videos and audio stories about the future and historic feats in human space exploration.
Are face masks required?
Effective Monday, March 7, Space Center Houston strongly encourages all guests to wear a face mask during their visit, but masks are not required in our facility.
Space Center Houston employees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask for the safety of everyone.
What is an appropriate facial covering for my visit?
Recommended face coverings (disposable or reusable) for Space Center Houston include:
- PPEs such as N95 respirators or surgical masks
- Cloth face coverings with at least two layers of breathable material
- Neck gaiters
All face coverings should fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin; fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; and be secured with ties or ear loops to allow the guest to remain hands-free.
What if I don’t have a face covering but would like one?
A limited number of face coverings will be available for guests and are also available for purchase at the entrance and in our gift shop.
How can I get a refund or exchange my tickets?
FULL-PRICE NON-TIMED SPACE CENTER HOUSTON ADMISSION TICKETS AND CITYPASS:
If you purchased non-dated Space Center Houston admission tickets or a CityPASS, you have the following options:
- Reserve a specific date and time for your visit ahead of time by sending your name, email address, phone number, and order confirmation number to our Reservations Department at email@example.com. A crew member will contact you to help you reserve your specific date and time.
- To reserve a specific date and time for your visit after arriving at the center, visit our new concierge at the entrance to Space Center Houston. Note: the original tickets must presented at the concierge.
FULL-PRICE TIMED SPACE CENTER HOUSTON ADMISSION TICKETS:
To receive a refund for timed admission tickets, you must contact our Reservations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (281) 283-4755 at least 48 hours in advance of the date/time on your tickets.
These precautions are temporary and are subject to change at any time based on the recommendations of federal, state and local officials. Please be patient as we continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments to keep our guests and crew members safe. We will continue to assess the situation and make adjustments to the availability of exhibits, tours and experiences as deemed appropriate and safe. To help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure guest and employee safety, we have taken and will continue taking actions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local governmental entities.