Together, people can achieve extraordinary things. The museum shares the story of Neil Armstrong and all Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity and Ohio manufacturers who contributed to the space program. Explore aerospace history from the early space programs and the Space Race to current space exploration.
Outside Our Moon Base
Available Dawn to Dusk
The museum itself is designed to resemble a futuristic moon base. It is most beautiful when viewed at dusk.
The F5D Skylancer takes off from its runway and welcomes visitors to the museum grounds. Neil Armstrong used this Skylancer to develop the abort-launch procedure that would safely return the spaceplane X-20 DynaSoar back to the runway in case of an emergency during NASA’s Dynamic Soarer Program. After 2018, the Skylancer returned restored to the early 1960s when Neil flew the aircraft.
During the early space programs, Astronauts would live and work in the small spaces of the capsules during their missions. Be sure to take a look at our life-size Gemini and Apollo mockups. Guests are welcome to sit in the Gemini capsule mockup.
Inside Our Moon Base
The museum features many one-of-a-kind artifacts including the Gemini VIII spacecraft, Neil Armstrong’s Gemini and Apollo spacesuits, and an Apollo 11 moon rock. Fifteen-year-old Neil Armstrong learned to fly at Port Koneta, a long-gone Wapakoneta airfield, in the Aeronca Champion on display in our Early Space Gallery.
This is no static museum; it is filled with motion and sound. There are seven interactive exhibits, ten audio/visual elements, and two simulators. Adults and kids can practice landing the lunar module or bringing the space shuttle in for a touchdown!
The 56-foot dome in the center of the museum houses the Astro Theater.