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Armstrong Air & Space Museum

500 Apollo Dr, Wapakoneta, OH 45895-9780
+1 419-738-8811
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Museum is a must see.

If you were not alive and aware to live through every moment of the man in space programs this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Matthew C
New Boston, Michigan, United States
High expectations exceeded

We were looking forward to a couple hours at the museum but our high expectations were exceeded... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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The year was 1969 and the mood was as high as the man on the moon. Neil A. Armstrong had done what no man had done before him. From his hometown of Wapakoneta, across the United States, and around the world, people wanted to honor his feat.The Apollo 11 crew had completed the greatest journey in human history putting men on the moon and setting the course for the future of the nation's space program.The impact of that journey is still felt in Wapakoneta today. Businesses and streets in the community reflect the pride the city has in its native son, the first person to walk on the moon.On July 20, 1969, Ohio governor James Rhodes proposed a museum as a monument to the achievements of not only Armstrong but "all Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity," as well as to the history of the space program itself.After the state of Ohio pledged $500,000 for the museum, Governor Rhodes challenged the local community to match, dollar for dollar, the funds to build the facility. "Neil Armstrong is the man of the century and we want to perpetuate his achievements here in Ohio," Rhodes said.Wapakoneta residents met that challenge head on. Businesses and individuals alike donated to the cause. Even school children saved their pennies and nickels in order to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime project.When the governor returned to Wapakoneta, he was presented with a check for $528,313.55. Citizens of Wapakoneta had raised over half of the total cost.Plans for the museum were unveiled during the groundbreaking ceremony in 1970. The design was unique. Earth was mounded around the steel-reinforced concrete building, giving the building the semblance of being underground. Designed to accommodate the Astro Theater for multimedia film and sound presentations, the central sphere dominates the entire complex. The fifty-six feet wide dome enhances the futuristic moon-base design.On July 20, 1972, three years to the day after Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum opened to much fanfare. Armstrong himself was present to help open the facility, and Tricia Nixon Cox, standing in for the President, presented moon rocks brought back to Earth from the Apollo 11 mission.As space exploration has evolved, so have the exhibits at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. But the focus has remained the same: to stand not only as a repository of Ohio's aeronautical history and a monument to Ohio's contribution to aviation and space exploration, but also as a tribute to Ohioan Neil Armstrong, whose "one small step for a man" was indeed a "giant leap for mankind."
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500 Apollo Dr, Wapakoneta, OH 45895-9780
+1 419-738-8811
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you were not alive and aware to live through every moment of the man in space programs this museum is a must see. This was still a good stop, and I did live through it all and even knew people that were involved. If...More

Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking forward to a couple hours at the museum but our high expectations were exceeded! Tons of great artifacts, a nice little movie, and good activities for kids. The people there are very enthusiastic and love to tell stories and answer questions. We...More

Thank jtdriver
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Great museum situated near Neil Armstrong's hometown is chock full of the history of rocketry and the development of space travel. There are joystick operated landing activities, artifacts and showcases of early space travel. There is a planetarium show but not able to see that....More

Thank Suzichka
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We were blown away how amazing this little museum is. Definitely kid friendly and has many hands on activities. There were volunteers or workers walking around answering questions too. It's very affordable, worth every penny. Also, the gift store was full of awesome stuff.

Thank Kate T
Reviewed 13 August 2017

A great stop ... not only did it break up a long drive it is a humbling learning experience. The amazing strides this group of scientists and astronauts achieved is almost beyond description. The exhibits are modest and deeply informative. A great day of aviation...More

Thank M C N
Reviewed 5 August 2017

A gem of a small museum. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to go through if you are a reader. Make sure to look at the mockups outside. You will get a real feel for how small the space really was. Take a picnic lunch...More

Thank plevin2017
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

The day we visited this museum, it was 48 years to the day Neil walked on the moon. July 20, 1969. It took about an hour to walk through it. Lots of personal items from his NASA days. There are also displays on the space...More

1  Thank Scott J
Reviewed 10 July 2017

There are exhibits throughout, it is not a large space, so not as big as you might expect. 20 to 30 minutes of time needed.

1  Thank Margaret P
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Ok I love space and NASA and all that kind of stuff, and also love the history of the space race. There are a some good exhibits here but honestly not enough for a whole day but you will get your money's worth.

3  Thank Davedwi
Reviewed 22 June 2017

After 23 years of visiting family in this area, we finally stopped at this museum. It was really neat! They have the actual Gemini module that Armstrong was in. It was fascinating to see the close quarters. That area of the museum was manned by...More

2  Thank JSevera
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