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“Sexist tour guide ruined the day”

Space Center Houston
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US$24.95*
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Space Center Houston Admission
Ranked #25 of 332 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s top attractions, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston’s first Smithsonian Affiliate and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee. The center features more than 400 space artifacts as well as numerous permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program – all for one admission price. The experience is designed to engage adults and children alike. Known around the world as the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center. Space Center Houston is open every day except Christmas day.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I did the level 9 tour a few days ago, for which we payed $360. Our tour guide, David, was not from NASA, had never worked there before becoming a tour guide, and spent most of the time talking about how he watched the space program on TV as a kid. He exclusively spoke about space missions that occurred before 1975, only about the US space missions and only about male astronauts. There were few facts, mostly anecdotal stories or perhaps made up stories, like the statement that the US space program cured breast cancer by identifying the one protein that causes cancer, and his conclusion that we are therefore close to curing all cancer thanks to the space US space program. As a scientist, I knew at that point that I payed a lot of money to be fed a bunch of BS by someone who still refers to astronaut families as "the astronaut and his wife". At the end of the tour, another attendee called him about about his US centric and sexist behavior, and his answer was that he "misses the good old days". There was another tour guide that day, and she gave a great overview of mission control to both groups, so opt for her. As for my husband and I, we were really disappointed. We felt we didn't see much and didn't know much about the tour other than that David had never left Texas in his life and that he is not someone who would like us or our friends. We cannot recommend this tour for that price.

4  Thank Frank N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband had conference at Houston which I attended the tour which offered by the conference to Houston space center. During this trip I saw Houston control center where they operate when man first step to moon, saw astronauts under training, get into space shuttle and it’s carrier. Not only that but also hear the talk from Jerry Ross ( the astronauts who had most spy walking experience up to day). Great place to learn how those rocket scientist did their work. The extra bonus is to see the longhorn cow. If you are lucky, you probably see rabbit or deer at the site. I love their visitor center and would like to stay there longer.

Thank tanje1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a wonderful time at space center Houston. They really know how to explain all of the different operations that are going on in the space world.

Thank John F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

our group went mid morning, there were some daycare and school kids there also. it had a variety of different things to see and do.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For those that don't know there are two parts to visiting the space center. Part 1- is the space center museum which has photos, model uniforms and very basic simulations of things. The museum on its own is not worth the $30 per head entrance. Part 2- is the tour of the actual Johnson space center including mission control, rocket park, and the astronaut training center. The combination of both parts is worth the admission. The problem is that the tours run on the tram system and the wait for the trams is outside in houston heat sometimes upwards of an hour. If you choose to get off the tram at certain locations yo will have to wait for another tram in the blistering heat.
There are two types of tours and seeing both of them will basically take your entire day.
We are talking about rocket science here and they cant get a tram system that can support the number of daily visitors? Disappointing.

3  Thank simplyChic m
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