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Located in Hampton, Virginia, the birthplace of America's space program, the Virginia Air & Space Center features interactive aviation exhibits spanning100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space gallery, unique space flight artifacts, and more! Your imagination will soar as you launch a rocket, pilot a space shuttle, program Mars rovers for a mission, become an air traffic controller, fly an airplane, and climb aboard a WWII bomber! Come face to face with the Apollo 12 Command Module that went to the moon, a Mars meteorite, a three-billion-year-old moon rock, a DC-9 passenger jet, a replica 1903 Wright Flyer, and more!
There is always something new landing at the Virginia Air & Space Center! Experience a 3D IMAX film in the giant-screen Riverside IMAX Theater...you have to see it to believe it! Or explore the wonderful world of science with one of our blockbuster changing exhibits! Don't forget to top off your visit with a spin on the Hampton Carousel, a restored, turn-of-the-century carousel adjacent to the Virginia Air & Space Center.
The Virginia Air & Space Center is the visitor center for
NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base.
• Capital construction cost $30 million.
• Developed through the joint efforts of the City of Hampton and NASA Langley Research Center.
• Initially funded through a combination of city funds, state grants and private philanthropy.
• Current operations funded primarily through earned revenue, with additional support from NASA Langley Research Center and private philanthropy
Opened: April 5, 1992
Size: 110,000 square feet; nine stories high on 2.2 acres
Organization: A non-profit 501-C-3 corporation governed by a Board of Directors.