NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston

NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston: Our most recommended tours and activities

Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

1. Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

Explore Space Center Houston with its 400 space artifacts as well as permanent and traveling exhibits. Discover attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program, all for one admission price. See the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples for public view. Go behind-the-scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center (based on availability). Learn about the world-renowned home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and astronaut training. Experience the newest permanent exhibit, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, displayed outside the center. Walk around and underneath the first-stage booster spanning more than 156 feet long. See the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters which 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. It marked the first time since 2011 that astronauts have launched from American soil.

Houston: City Tour and NASA Space Center Admission Ticket

2. Houston: City Tour and NASA Space Center Admission Ticket

Explore the wonders of space travel on an unforgettable tour that includes a mini-city tour around Houston and roundtrip transportation to the NASA/Johnson Space Center.  Enjoy interactive exhibits and activities, touch a moon rock, take a tram ride to the NASA control center and see the shuttle replica at the Independence Plaza. Begin your day of space exploration on land as you are taken a short city sightseeing tour around Houston where you can see some of its most important landmarks.  Afterward, drive 25 miles from the center of Houston to the Space Center Houston and experience America’s adventures in space first-hand. Space Center Houston is the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. It is a separate facility that features activities and exhibits designed jointly by NASA and Disney Imagineering. Get a chance to ride the half-hour tram tour that goes to the gigantic International Space Station Assembly Building and to the NASA control center. Both kids and adults will enjoy the interactive displays. Don’t miss the Starship Gallery Artifact Museum, where you can touch a moon rock or try out the simulator that lets you land the lunar orbiter.

Houston: Space Explorer Pass

3. Houston: Space Explorer Pass

Spend your day learning about space and space exploration at two different attractions in Houston. Visit Space Center Houston to learn more about the NASA Mission and astronaut training. Explore space at the Burke Baker Planetarium, which offers an unprecedented immersive experience with a best-in-class projection system.  Space Center Houston features more than 400 space artifacts including the world's largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples. As the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and areas used for astronaut training. At the Burke Baker Planetarium, the newly updated Digitar 6 system enables our visitors to fly through the universe, experience the vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest fulldome shows. With this pass you'll also gain entry to the Museum's permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy and space science plus a whole host of other topics focused a little closer to Earth!

Houston: Self-Driving Audio Tour

4. Houston: Self-Driving Audio Tour

Experience the sights and history of Houston, Texas, on this self-guided driving tour via an app for maximum flexibility, comfort, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. Start your tour by the bayou and learn about the deadly battles that took place along the river. Most stops along the tour have animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Then, visit Sam Houston Park, where past and present collide in the architecture, offering a unique glimpse into the diverse life of the area. Next, head to the Historic District and get to know some of Houston’s complex past. At Christ Church Cathedral, hear a quintessential story of the southern community back in the 1800s. Continue to Emancipation Park and get familiar with the significance of Juneteenth within Houston. As you drive through the Museum District, uncover the secrets behind some of Houston’s more notorious urban legends. Then, visit the grandest green space in the city: Hermann Park. The park even features a zoo. After that, swing through the famous Rice University and hear the tale of a wild senior prank pulled back in the ’80s, engineered by a student still known as “the mastermind.” Continue on to MacGregor Park and learn how the intense Hurricane Harvey impacted Houston. Then, hear about the importance of oil and gas to this city. Finally, get some stellar space facts and visit the world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center.

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What people are saying about NASA Johnson Space Center

Overall rating

2.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

It was smaller than I expected and the tram tours take about an hour for the Blue tour but it doesn't feel like you see much, they are included in the ticket price so still worth taking.

Experience that left me speechless and now I share my stories. Childhood dream turned into reality. ✨

Excellent museum, especially for space lovers! I wish it was closer to the city center.

Loved boarding the shuttle, and walking around the faulity. Well worth the money.

An excellent activity, however, there is a lack of people who speak Spanish