Space Center Houston is the museum and visitor center arm of the Johnson Space Center. Established in 1961 under its former name (the Manned Spacecraft Center), this 1,620-acre complex is why Houston bears the nickname “Space City.” It’s where lunar missions were controlled, astronauts trained, and future space flight technologies are still being developed. The JSC isn’t only where history happened; it’s also where it’s made.
While the static displays chronicling advances in spaceflight are remarkably impressive, the Space Center is full of hands-on experiences. You can eat lunch with an astronaut, climb into a simulated Orion capsule, and witness engineers and scientists working on new and developing tech for space exploration. It’s a bit of a hike to get to (about a 45-minute drive from downtown Houston), but it’s worth the trip.