Went to the Ames on way back to SF at end of holiday. Wife and elder son space obsessed so always visit relevant places on trips.
First point to make in fairness is that it is free and doesn't claim to rival the visitor centre at Cape Canaveral or Houston.
The 'tent' is effectively a permanent structure and houses a slightly disparate collection of things. The film we saw was very much primary/elementary school level and my teens swiftly bailed. Some of the exhibits were diverting but little more. Took about 45 minutes to see it all.
In summary worth a visit if you are passing and particularly interested. Don't make a special trip. We think a much better visit if you have an hour or two is the Moffett field air museum next door.
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