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 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. Visitors can also walk around and under the first twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets – one of the only places in the world to see a Falcon 9 up close. 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 1.25 million visitors and welcomes 250,000 teachers and students to its educational programs annually, 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 Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day (Dec. 25). The center also holds a space-themed nighttime lights event, Galaxy Lights, nightly every year from mid-November to early January. For specific hours, visit or call +1 281-244-2100.

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