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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Tired and unloved. When I visited various exhibits were closed with no indication why.(Opportunities to get inside some craft.)
The highest planes have not been cleaned for years. I know it's a big specialist job but needs done.
Street scrolling sign said now showing Hurricane. Very appropriate. Except it is not showing!
Windows in the end of the hall are brown stained from sun or chemicals.
Overall a bit of a disappointment.
This site does have a fair bit of aircraft and a nice reentry pod. But the main focus of a museum like this is really to teach younger generations about the subjects of Air and Space flight/exploration. Many of the facilities child centric areas are very run down and beat up. Kids aren’t the easiest on equipment but you can can go on after them and repair the equipment and displays.
There is a large mock shuttle area with a large monitor inside. I’ve never seen that operational. It’s always been broken. I guess it a simulation of sorts.
The “surface of the sun” television display is interesting. But aside from that and looking at very mundane planes and the one reentry pod, there isn’t anything to validate its high entry cost.
I’d advise traveling a bit farther and going to the Edvard Hussy hanger in Alexandria Virginia. Truly, a very very good museum.
Really neat place to spend a few hours. You get a free IMAX showing when you purchase your admission. The place is small when compared to big museums like the Smithsonian, but it still has a lot to see and learn. It's cool to walk among various test aircraft and spacecraft. There's Also a small observation deck to look out on the area.
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.
This is a phenomenal museum in the Hampton Roads area for people of all ages. I have been visiting the museum for years and everything is great! Also, the IMAX theater has amazing shows and changing exhibits are there too. The bottom line is that you should go and visit.