Space Center Houston Tickets Go On Sale Today

By: Meridyth Moore
| Published 06/16/2020

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HOUSTON, TX – Tickets go on sale today, Tuesday, June 16, for the reopening of Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. Be among the first to experience a new, enhanced guest experience when Space Center Houston reopens July 1.

Guests will save time in line with advance timed admission tickets to enable staggered, capacity-limited guest entry to the museum, and through the free Space Center Houston app guests will select a new NASA Tram Tour virtual boarding pass to board the tram tour. All exhibits, live shows and the NASA Tram Tour are included with general admission. The public tickets on-sale begins Tuesday, June 16. To purchase advance timed tickets, visit spacecenter.org.

“We have taken a phased approach to reopening Space Center Houston,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO of the science and space exploration learning center. “It’s not business as usual; it’s a new time with additional health and safety measures that may be with us for some time. We will reopen with managed capacity in center and have extended our health and safety measures beyond what the CDC requirements are to ensure the safest possible experience we can offer.”

Members will experience the center first with exclusive members-only Welcome Back Days June 28-30. The center’s 250,000 square-foot facility offers ample space for social distancing with access to get up close to actual spacecraft and hardware used for historic missions. The nonprofit is adding new live shows in open spaces to bring science and space to life for people of all ages, plus a new “Apollo 13: Failure is not an option” exhibit summarizing the mission as it unfolded. Guests will experience the new permanent outdoor exhibit, a flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It is the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters and is the same type of rocket that was used in the Demo-2 mission, marking the first time since 2011 that astronauts launched from American soil. 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 NASA 905.

The nonprofit will have new protocols in place including social distancing practices, special hours for vulnerable populations, face coverings are required for employees and guests ages two and older, a new touchless entry with self-scan turnstiles, sanitizing stations, plexiglass shields at ticket counters; and a one-directional experience through its galleries.

One of the nonprofits most popular experiences, the NASA Tram Tour is anticipated to resume by July 1. The tour will offer a new virtual boarding pass available through the free Space Center Houston app on the day of your visit. Once guests select a virtual boarding pass, they will get a digital notification when their boarding group may board the tram tour. The NASA Tram Tour will take guests to the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, where astronauts train for current missions, and Rocket Park, where an actual Apollo Saturn V rocket is on display.

To help ensure the best experience possible, guests are encouraged to review the center’s Know Before You Go Guide for tips on planning a visit and a list of what to bring and what to not bring. For hours and tickets to Space Center Houston, visit spacecenter.org. Parking fees will be waived for a limited time. Become a Space Center Houston member and experience exclusive perks including monthly Member mornings, member Welcome Back Days June 28-30 and more. Ticket prices range from $24.95 for children (ages 4-11) to $29.95 for adults (12 and older) with discounts for seniors and members of the military. All Space Center Houston experiences are subject to change while the center continues to monitor state and local health and safety guidelines for reopening.

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