Visitor Information

Why Visit

The center features more than 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, exhibits and experiences and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program.

The experience is designed to engage adults and children alike.

Known around the world as the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center.

Ticket Prices

Child (ages 3 & younger) Free
Kid (ages 4-11) $24.95
Adult (ages 12 & older) $29.95
Senior (ages 65 & older) $27.95

Your health and safety is important to us.

Guests are encouraged to read our latest health and safety procedures, which are in compliance with directives of health officials and CDC guidelines.

What You Can 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.

 

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

  • 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. We do have storage available for luggage. It is $7.00 per bag. 
  • 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. 

Skip the Line

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 to get priority boarding on the NASA Tram Tour.

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 of space travel!

Simulators cost between $8 and $10 per person, when available and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Map & Guide

Download the Space Center Houston app with interactive GPS maps, NASA Tram Tour Boarding Passes, audio tours, and more. 

Parking

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. 

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 The Food Lab.

Where to Stay

The City of Webster and Nassau Bay have you covered when it comes to lodging and entertainment near Space Center Houston. Visit our Find a Hotel page to find the location that works best for your stay or use the form below.

Upcoming Events

Attend a Space Center Houston special event to meet NASA astronauts, hear from inspiring thought leaders, become a scientist in immersive educational experiences and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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 7Space 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.

Members no longer need to reserve a time to visit the center. 

No, CityPASS holders can go directly to the ticket window upon arrival. 

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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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