Virginia Air and Space Center Hampton
Where is it at?
Virginia Air and Space Center
600 Settlers Landing Road
Tel: 757 727-0900
Where are we going today?
Have you ever imagined strapping yourself into a rocket and shooting off into space, or piloting a great big jet airliner across the planet? We think most kids at some stage have wanted to be an astronaut or a pilot, and at the Virginia Air and Space Center you can get pretty close to feeling what it would be like!
This fascinating museum for the whole family is FILLED with hands-on exhibits that cover all things air and space. Kids can learn all about the history of aviation, so it's education too, and there are over 30 historic aircraft actually there for you to get up close to!
As well as all of that, there are a host of space flight artifacts that you can see, that were all part of the amazing space missions that we have been able to witness in our history!
Did you know that the country's space program actually started right in Hampton, at the NASA reserach center? So you're literally at at the birth of the space age! There are the early years of space exploration to learn about, as well as all the missions since then.
Space Quest is a fun exhibit where you can actually explore our history through interactive exhibit components, and even travel to Mars in a very futuristic transport ship! Ever wanted to land on the moon? Then check out the fun lunar simulator - and train for a lunar mission! How amazing is that!
We bet you'll do a great job!
The Virginia Air and Space Center also have a number of actual aircraft that showcase the 100 year history. There is even a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer that started the whole aviation industry (and where would we be today without that!)
Get strapped in for your space adventure!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$11.50 for exhibits. IMAX from $9
- Children$9.50 for exhibits. IMAX from $7
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Mon to Sat. 12pm - 5pm Sun. May to Sept, Thus to Sat is 10am - 6pm
March to September
What an amazing place to bring students! There are fun hands-on curriculums and science shows they can visit, so give them a call to arrange! .
Don't go to space on an empty stomach! The Cosmic Cafe is a great place to grab a snack or lunch, with quick menu items like burgers, hot dogs or chicken fingers..
The cafe sells salads and bottled water. .
Any Top Tips?
The rides like the simulator and carousel are extra to the admission.
Doing our bit
They are all about fun, education and of course safety. Some of the rides have height restrictions, so keep these in mind so you stay secure. .
Need a little extra help?
Ramps and an elevator are there to make sure that there is wheelchair access to all levels. There are wheelchairs available at the admissions desk. .
Can I get one of those?
It would be a shame to visit a place like this an not take away something as a reminder! The Science Shop have a number of educational puzzles and toys, including science kits. .
It's definitely worth spending a few hours here, so plan ahead! .
What people are saying?
My experience today (9/22/13), wasn't anything like it was when I went as a kid with my school. What disappointed my wife and I the most, a majority of the exhibits were either broken or only half way worked. It's been about 15 years difference since I was last there, and I noticed at more wasted space while I was there this time around. At least it wasn't a total loss for my wife and I, I had a buy one get one free admission coupon. Long story short they need to go in a update everything in there electronic wise, at lot of the stuff is really out...Read More
by Steven Sparer
Totally amazing and worth the visit. Probably not see everything in one visit.
by Richard Zinno
This is a great facility. We went on a Saturday and it wasn't too crowded. I actually enjoyed it more than the Natl. Air & Space Udvar-Hazy Center in DC. It is smaller, more personal and has more interactive exhibits.
by Tom Anthony
Really sad to see how bad it is there now - most of the interactive displays just do not work - most of the video playing at each display has no sound or the sound is so low you can not hear it - we actually asked for our money back it was so disappointing. Why does the city of Hampton let one of it's great attractions wither on the vine?
by A Google User
While exhibits are fascinating, many are in need of repair from abuse. There is plenty to see in the Air & Space realm, but be prepared for half-way maintained displays on all levels of the museum especially the space ones. The IMAX is in pretty good shape, however... and they have plenty of great shows at any given time. Another treat is the viewing deck over the water on the back side of the museum... give it a look... you won't regret it.
My experience today (9/22/13), wasn't anything like it was when I went as a kid with my school. What disappointed my wife and I the most, a majority of the exhibits were either broken or only half way worked. It's been about 15 years difference since I was last there, and I noticed at more wasted space while I was there this time around. At least it wasn't a total loss for my wife and I, I had a buy one get one free admission coupon. Long story short they need to go in a update everything in there electronic wise, at lot of the stuff is really out dated, and I feel like they've made more than enough money in the 15 years between my attendance to be able to go in and UPGRADE!!!! >