Virginia Air & Space Center
Region: Hampton, Other
Imaginations will soar at this hands-on, minds-on science center that features interactive exhibits, a five-story-high IMAX Theater and Cool Science every day!
Explore 100 years of flight with more than 30 aircraft, take the yoke at a number of flight simulators, and see awe-inspiring space-flight artifacts. Be amazed by the Apollo 12 Command Module and NASA's new Orion space craft. Investigate science, technology, engineering and math through Cool Science and changing exhibits. Watch a movie or be part of one in the state-of-the-art Riverside 3D IMAX Theater!
Be amazed by the Apollo 12 Command Module and NASA's new Orion space craft and so many other fascinating things from our days in Space. It's worth the drive from the oceanfront to see history!
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Wow! This place is really great! It is full of airplanes, rockets, and space information, and is so well laid out it's easy to get around and see. It's three floors, all open space. There are also interactive features, and a play area for very small children. You can even take the elevator to the top of the roof outside and look at the view. There's a small restaurant inside that I did not try, but the food smelled delicious! Your price of admission includes a movie as well - either space-related or just family-friendly. Very reasonable, very clean, the staff was wonderful. In 2 hours I still did not get all the way through it and had to leave. I will be back.
Easy to get to from the interstate. Parking is free at the garage across the street. Lots of one-of-a-kind memorabilia from what used to be a small visitor center at NASA-Langley. Reasonable admission prices. Sponsor of local science-related lecture series. A boon to Hampton.
This is a wonderful place for aviation and space history. I went way, way out of my way to come here to see the Apollo 12 command modual. It was displayed in such an organic and close up way. It was worth the trip. You simply cannot get closer or more alone with such a piece of Apollo history. The docents were very knowledgeable and helpful. Great place!
This place is awesome! We came all the way from MA to Virginia Beach and needed something to do while waiting to check into our campground. We stopped here because both my boyfriend and I LOVE outer space and learning about NASA. Did not disappoint! The IMAX Apollo 11 movie was absolutely incredible! And the staff was very knowledgeable. Thanks for a great experience!!
This place is great for the most part, especially to take the kids to. There are a lot of stellar exhibits for aspiring astronauts, and it's a great way to put military ships and planes into an aviation/space context. It's educational AND fun, especially if you have a great love of anything space. The only lessened part of this place is that a few of the exhibits are not working to the extent they should, but the place seems like a consistent work-in-progress and it's only getting better!
Final note: If you have a membership to many other science center type places from across the U.S. it can possibly be used here, which is really nicely if you're a tourist or military family. Entirely worth the membership price!