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.
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.
- 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.
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 guests. If you’re curious about anything during your visit, Space Explorers can help. You can spot them by their red Space Explorer bags.
Parking at Space Center Houston is $5. We encourage guests to purchase parking online. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the toll plaza. Guests with electric cars 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.
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 space travel! Experience an action-packed adventure through the galaxy!
Simulators cost between $6 and $10 per person.