Space Center Houston

Phone: +1 281 244 2100
Email: schinfo@spacecenter.org

1601 NASA Pkwy,
Houston, Texas, USA
77058

Open today 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Child (ages 3 & younger) Free
Kid (ages 4-11) $24.95
Adult (ages 12 & older) $29.95
Senior (ages 65 & older) $27.95

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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.

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Individual $55
Dual $90
Family $149
Family & Friends $199
Supporter $400
Contributor $600
Patron $1000
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Health and Safety

Following state, local 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:

  • limited capacity in center.
  • new 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 visitor the Guest Services Desk.
  • required face coverings for guests ages two and older, as well as crew members. In the event you are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition, we ask that you visit Space Center Houston when face coverings are no longer recommended by the CDC.
  • social distance practices, including the center’s queuing and Zero-G Diner.
  • a one-directional flow through our galleries.
  • plexiglass shields at ticket counters.
  • 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.

For more information about our health and safety policies, please review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

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

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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.

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Buy tickets online and skip the ticket booth lines. Bring your print-at-home ticket or pdf ticket on a mobile device directly to the turnstile and let the adventure begin! Become a member and get priority boarding on the NASA Tram Tour.

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Map & guide

Download the Space Center Houston app with interactive maps.

Download the 2020 indoor & outdoor exhibits map.

Download the map and guide in English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, Hindi, Japanese.

Ask a Space Explorer

Space Center Houston’s Space Explorers are Crew Members dedicated to helping you make the most of your space adventure. You may find our Space Explorers in Starship Gallery sharing the history of space, in our International Space Station Gallery demonstrating life in space and 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.

Simulation experiences

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.

Parking

Parking at Space Center Houston is $5. We encourage guests to purchase parking online. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the ticket booths. Guests with electric cars may use our electric car charging station after purchasing parking.

ATM

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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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, please purchase advance timed admission tickets online, prior to arriving at the center. You may purchase tickets onsite, however, daily capacity is limited.

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?

We are safely welcoming back guests with new exhibits, new live shows, spacious outdoor experiences and additional health and safety measures at the forefront of our daily operations.

Most of our permanent exhibits will be open. Due to COVID-19-related safety and security measures at Johnson Space Center, our NASA Tram Tours currently offer a choice of visiting Rocket Park or the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility until further notice. Tours to Historic Mission Control are not currently available. Following current state guidelines, our Moon and Mars touchstones, as well as Mission Briefing Center will be temporarily closed.

Guests will be among the first to experience our newest permanent exhibit, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, displayed outside the center. Guests can walk around and underneath the first-stage booster spanning more than 156 feet long. It is the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters and is the same type of rocket that launched NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 30 for the Demo-2 mission, marking the first time since 2011 that astronauts have launched from American soil.

Explore our new Mission: Control the Spread exhibit exploring how crisis sparks innovation and demonstrating how NASA is helping with the response to COVID-19.

See historic Apollo 13 artifacts not normally on public display in our exhibit “Apollo 13: Failure is not an option."

Guests can also take a tour of the spacious Independence Plaza exhibit, the only place you can walk inside a shuttle replica mounted on top of the historic shuttle carrier aircraft the NASA 905.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 following all the directives of the Centers for Disease Control/World Health Organization and all state and local guidelines.

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 social distancing practices. Guests and employees are asked to wear face coverings. We have also added self-scan turnstiles, sanitizing stations, plexiglass shields at ticket counters; and a one-directional experience through our galleries.

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.

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 reservations@spacecenter.org. 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 or CityPASS 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. We are providing new holiday Clean Room experiences offered through Space Center U and Explorer Camps. Inspired by NASA missions, the new Clean Room experience engages children and young adults and in high-fidelity clean room safety procedures along with science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. Register today!

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 Lunch with an Astronaut tickets?

We hope to begin offering Lunch with an Astronaut again later this year. Until then, guests can attend our Astronaut Presentations every Friday and Saturday.

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 reservations@spacecenter.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! Join a Virtual Campout and engage in hands-on activities using household items to make science come to life in your backyard.

Connect with us on social media. We have several recurring weekly blog series including Mission Mondays, Trivia Wednesdays and our History Up Close video series featuring an insider look at the museum’s extensive artifact collection.

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?

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, face coverings are required for Space Center Houston guests ages two and older, as well as crew members.

What is an appropriate facial covering for my visit?

Acceptable 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 must 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.

Open-chin triangle bandanas are not acceptable face coverings and are not allowed at Space Center Houston.

Guests must wear face coverings at all times inside and outside, and they cannot be removed for taking photographs. The only exception is guests can remove their face coverings while actively eating or drinking, but guests should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing while eating or drinking.

The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.

What about face coverings when guests are eating?

Tables and seating have been arranged so that guests can remove their face coverings while they eat.

Does my child need to wear a face covering?

Per CDC guidelines, children ages two and younger are not required to wear facial coverings.

What if I don’t have a face covering?

Face covers will be available for purchase at the entrance and in our gift shop.

What if I don’t want to wear a face covering?

Given this unprecedented situation, we appreciate everyone’s understanding as we navigate these challenges as carefully as possible. In accordance with the CDC’s recommendations, as well as state and local regulations, face coverings are required during your visit. Guests without masks will not be allowed entry to Space Center Houston. Together, we can keep each other safe and healthy.

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:

  1. 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 reservations@spacecenter.org. A crew member will contact you to help you reserve your specific date and time.
  2. 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 discounted timed admission tickets, you must contact our Reservations Department at reservations@spacecenter.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.

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