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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is the museum built as it is?

The museum was designed by former Wapakoneta-resident Alfred Klipfel who intended the museum to resemble a futuristic moon base, as they were envisioned in 1970.

Is photography allowed in the museum?
Visitors are strongly encouraged to take pictures of museum exhibitions for personal use with hand-held cameras. Please do not use a flash as many of the artifacts are sensitive to light. Photographs may not be used for publication without written consent. To use a tripod or standing lights, please obtain a permit from the admissions desk.

How long does it take to see the museum?
Visitors should budget 90 minutes to tour the museum, view the film about the moon landing, and shop in the museum store.

When did Neil Armstrong die?
Mr. Armstrong died on Saturday, August 25, 2012. He was 82 years old.

Did Neil Armstrong still live in Wapakoneta?
No, Mr. Armstrong lived in southwestern Ohio, near Cincinnati. He has lived there since teaching at the University of Cincinnati.

Did Mr. Armstrong visit the museum?
Not often. Mr. Armstrong was a private person and rarely made public appearances.

How can I tell if a Neil Armstrong autograph is real?

Mr. Armstrong stopped signing autographs in 1993. As a result, his autographs are rare, highly collectible, expensive, and often forged. As many as 90% of Armstrong autographs available for sale may in fact be fake.

An autograph that is even and perfect is likely a stamp or autopen. A real autograph should have lighter and darker areas as the hand applies uneven pressure.

Using a magnifying glass, you should be able to see tunnels or bridges where ink lines cross. 

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The museum is owned by the State of Ohio, is part of the Ohio History Connection's statewide system of historic sites and museums, and is operated by the local Armstrong Air and Space Museum Association. Neil Armstrong was never involved in the management of the museum nor benefited from it in any way.

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