Visitor Information


Welcome aboard

Space Center Houston is owned and operated by the nonprofit Manned Space Flight Education Foundation with extensive education programs, a museum of space artifacts and exhibits, space attractions and your gateway to tour NASA Johnson Space Center.

Be inspired by the wonders of space exploration and go behind the scenes of America’s exciting space program.

How do you make the most of your trip?

Space Center Houston, dubbed “the big draw” by USA Today, has more than 400 things to see and do. Use our tips and advice below to help make your trip stress free and unforgettable.

Before your visit

Space Center Houston hosts guests from around the world with peak attendance on weekends, holidays and in the summer. It is highly recommended that guests arrive as early as possible if planning a visit during these times. Hours of operation are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. During busy times, we extend our hours to accommodate visitors. View operations calendar.
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Year-round ways to save:

A special discount of $5 off regular admission prices is available to military and AAA members with I.D.

Want even bigger savings? Discounts are also available for groups of 20 or more who make reservations and prepay at least one week in advance of the visit. Get more information on group pricing by calling our Reservations Department at +1 281-283-4755 during normal business hours.

Best value: Become a member today and save money with free return trips all year long and enjoy extra benefits.

CityPass_HoustonSightseeing in Houston? CityPASS saves 49% and skips most ticket lines at Space Center Houston and 4 more top Houston attractions: 1) Downtown Aquarium, 2) Houston Museum of Natural Science, 3) Houston Zoo OR Museum of Fine Arts and 4) Houston Children’s Museum OR Kemah Boardwalk All-Day Ride Pass. Valid for nine days beginning the first day of use.

Learn more and purchase booklets or printable vouchers at or at a Space Center Houston ticket booth for the same low price of $59 (value $115) for adults and $49 (value $86) for children (ages 3-11).

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Buy tickets online and skip the ticket booth lines. Bring your print-at-home ticket directly to the turnstile and let the adventure begin!

For your safety and the safety of others, all bags must be screened by security officers prior to entering Space Center Houston.

Do bring:

  • 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.

Do not bring:

  • 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. Lockers are available for rent with rates ranging from $3 to $21 depending on storage requirements.
  • 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 such as telescoping poles (tripods, monopods, gimbals and selfie-sticks), external lighting 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.
New Astronaut Audio Tour: The Astronaut Audio Tour will help guide you through Space Center Houston. As you explore flown spacecraft and exhibits, listen to NASA legends such as Gene Cernan, the last man on the Moon, and Eileen Collins, the first woman shuttle commander and pilot. This tour provides insight from real space pioneers who made the dream a reality. The audio tour has two versions tailored respectively to adults and children and is available in English and Spanish.
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Lunch with an Astronaut: Every Friday Space Center Houston is proud to offer the extraordinary opportunity to dine with a NASA astronaut. Hear amazing stories from a NASA astronaut while enjoying a cosmic lunch prepared by our award winning catering staff. As a special memento of your visit, you will receive a personalized photograph from our guest astronaut.
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Our partners help Space Center Houston fulfill our mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. Click here to learn more.

During your visit

The first thing you should do at Space Center Houston is visit the Information Desk to get a free map and guide.

Ask a Space Explorer
Curious about the cosmos? Space Center Houston’s Space Explorers are Crew Members dedicated to helping you make the most of your space adventure during your visit. You may find our Space Explorers in Starship Gallery sharing the history of space, in our International Space Station Gallery demonstrating life aboard the station and all throughout the center helping guide visitors. If you’re curious about anything during your visit, Space Explorers can help. You can spot them by their red Space Explorer bags.

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.

Starship Gallery: Starship Gallery is home to the majority of our artifacts. See and walk inside the massive Skylab Trainer Module where astronauts first trained for life in space. See multiple flown spacecraft including Gemini V, Faith 7 and Apollo 17. Touch one of the few moon rocks on earth available to the public inside our Lunar Vault.

Independence Plaza: Independence Plaza, presented by Boeing, contains the historic shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 with the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence mounted on top. You can tour this international landmark at your own pace. We suggest allowing about an hour and a half to explore this innovative exhibit celebrating the Space Shuttle Program.

NASA Tram Tour: The NASA Tram Tour takes you behind-the-scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center. You will tour Rocket Park, home of the Saturn V rocket, which is the most powerful rocket ever built. Check the information screens in the tram-loading area to see what other NASA locations you will tour that day. Tram tours are subject to change and cancellation at a moment’s notice due to inclement weather and unforeseen circumstances. The tram tour visits working government facilities which are subject to availability and can temporarily close to visitors without notice.

Astronaut Gallery: Walk through Astronaut Gallery to see the world’s most comprehensive collection of astronaut apparel and space suits.

International Space Station Gallery: See live presentations, artifacts, space hardware, displays and other amazing pieces from the orbiting laboratory known as the International Space Station.

Destiny Theater: See the signature film, Human Destiny, which showcases the history of space exploration and explains many of the artifacts you will see in Space Center Houston.

Space Center Theater: Enjoy a film in the towering, five-story-tall Space Center Theater, one of the largest 4K theaters in Texas with the latest in audio and video technology.

Living in Space: This interactive presentation gives you a glimpse inside life on the International Space Station. The Living in Space module shows you what our astronauts experience on a daily basis. You’ll discover how even the smallest tasks are complicated by a microgravity environment.

Mission Briefing Center: Go inside the Mission Briefing Center for a real-time update on current NASA missions, as well as a sneak peek into future space exploration.

Kids Space Place: This area of Space Center Houston is specifically catered to younger children with many hands-on interactives and colorful, educational exhibits.

Stellar Science Show: Ignite your curiosity in space and science with innovative productions that deliver advanced science concepts in an engaging and easy to understand form. Produced and performed by experienced professionals; you’ll be amazed at how entertaining learning can be.

Motion simulators: Our simulator rides use a powerful hydraulic and theater system to guide you on action-packed adventures through the galaxy! The simulators cost between $6 and $8.

Gift shops: Space Center Houston has two gift shops packed with the coolest space, NASA and Star Wars® souvenirs. Our SpaceTrader gift shop has everything from astronaut ice cream to NASA mission patches.

Zero-G Diner: Fuel your Space Center Houston visit with lunch at the Zero-G Diner. From deli sandwiches, salads and vegetarian meals to pizza and hamburgers to the full-service Starbucks, you are bound to find something to enjoy.

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, but be sure to have your hand stamped so you can be readmitted to the center after lunch.

Coca-Cola is the exclusive beverage provider of Space Center Houston.

Click here to view the English Space Center Houston map and guide.

Click here to view the Spanish Space Center Houston map and guide.

Click here to view the Mandarin Space Center Houston map and guide.

Click here to view the French Space Center Houston map and guide.

Click here to view the German Space Center Houston map and guide.

Click here to view the Hindi Space Center Houston map and guide.

Click here to view the Japanese Space Center Houston map and guide.

Click here to view the Portuguese Space Center Houston map and guide.

Parking at Space Center Houston is $5. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the toll plaza.

Guests with electric cars may use our new electric car charging station after purchasing parking.

We are committed to providing all visitors with access to the more than 400 things to see and do at Space Center Houston. Through our many accommodations, we help all guests have an entertaining and pleasant experience.

Click here to see all of our accessibility options. For more information, please visit the Information Desk inside the front entrance.

Accessible parking is located near the entrance. All parking is $5 per vehicle.

A limited number of free wheelchairs are available at the Information Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Transportation access
All trams and Level 9 tour buses are equipped with lifts. Guests may request this service from a crew member at the boarding location.

Center access
All Space Center Houston theaters, exhibits and attractions are wheelchair-accessible, including Lunch with an Astronaut and Independence Plaza. All theaters have ground-level entrances.

Restrooms throughout the center are accessible for guests with disabilities.

Service animals
Service dogs are permitted in all exhibits and attractions at Space Center Houston except the motion simulator rides due to safety concerns for both our guests and service animals.