The nonprofit space museum Space Center Houston is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, which is home to Mission Control and astronaut training. At Space Center Houston, visitors can experience space — from its compelling future to its exciting present and dramatic past.

Space Center Houston is one of the only places on Earth where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA. Visitors can go inside the new unprecedented international landmark Independence Plaza, the only exhibit in the world with a full-scale shuttle replica mounted on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 and standing eight stories tall. The exhibits, attractions and hands-on activities in this 250,000-square-foot educational entertainment complex tell the story of America’s human space flight program, giving guests an experience like no other.

Space Center Houston is owned and operated by the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation and is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate. It attracts nearly 1 million visitors annually and welcomes an additional 100,000 teachers and students to its educational programs, including Space Center University, an immersive weeklong science program, and the annual Space Exploration Educators Conference.

The center is conveniently located at 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, Texas 77058 and is open daily except Christmas (Dec. 25). For specific hours, visit or call +1 281-244-2100.

Holders of the NASA Visitor Centers Passport to Explore Space receive a commemorative stamp in their passports, $5 off the adult, child or senior general admission price as well as saving 10 percent off food in the Zero-G Diner and 10 percent off souvenirs in the SpaceTrader Gift Shop. Passports can be redeemed and stamped at the Information Desk.

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