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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Sad, considering the incredible history that the museum has to show off. Several interesting exhibits, but many were closed off, and/or broken and not functioning. If everything was working and open, it would be worth the price I paid. As it stands now, definitely NOT worth the ~$20/each admission price I paid. Basically paid $50+ for my family to see a bunch of broken and non-functioning "interactive" exhibits. Not to mention the drive up to the peninsula. Not returning any time soon, that's for sure. Good thing I didn't book my son's party here because that would have been a colossal disappointment.
Expected better. Tickets were way too expensive considering most of the exhibits were broken/not working. Included an "IMAX" movie which was good. staff members were rude. "Robert" would rather be on his phone than helping a customer. "Flight simulator" tickets cost extra... Fix your exhibits, lower prices, and hire people who do their damn jobs!!! Two stars
I had a wonderful time here! To begin with, you receive a ticket to an IMAX film of your choice as part of your admission price. I chose "Aircraft Carrier" and was absolutely amazed. It was an incredible film with lots of amazing footage and even more fascinating information, especially about how the ships function. The museum itself was absolutely breathtaking, and I took far too many pictures! It was exciting to see some of the aircraft on display, and the observatory walkway offered a great view! The solarium was really cool. Add this to your list if you are visiting the area. I live nearby and will likely visit again!
We visited as a family recently. I’m probably at 3.5 stars but I’ll round up because the staff was so nice. The concept is great. The adults took turns monitoring kids so we could get more of the museum experience- names, dates, things behind glass that you can’t touch. I loved the interactive portions because we have a 4 yo and because it is outright interesting. They had a section with STEM activities and a little “science” show they put on. You can see a film in IMax. The kids in theater were all fascinated. The concessions and gift shop were very overpriced and the gift shop selection was disappointing. I was most disappointed that so many of the interactive stations were out of order or under construction. It took a lot away from the experience. It was fun to go to the top floor and look down on the planes and even to go out on the roof. We will probably go again at some point.
This museum is a one time visit kind of place. Most of the exhibits are broken and not working, and some are extremely out dated and not interesting. For the price you pay they should have everything working and add new up to date exhibits. It also does not take that long to walk around and see everything. The 3D Imax is about the only nice thing about this place. If you want to see aircraft and spacecraft's up close go to Air Power Park on Mercury Boulevard it has free admission.