We were campground sitting at the Wapakoneta KOA in Wapakoneta, OH for a couple of weeks so that the owners could take a little break. While there, we kept hearing from campers visiting the area about the Armstrong Air & Space Museum and much they enjoyed it.
Between campers departing and campers arriving at the campground, we had a little bit of time to get away and check out the museum.
The museum chronicles Ohio’s contributions to the history of space flight and most notably hometown boy Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. It features many one-of-a-kind artifacts including the Gemini VIII spacecraft, Armstrong’s spacesuits and an Apollo 11 moon rock.
The museum is an interactive museum as there were seven interactive exhibits, three simulators and various audio / visual exhibits. Visitors can try landing the lunar module and space shuttle or docking the Gemini capsule, as Neil Armstrong did in 1966. John tried docking the Gemini capsule and it wasn’t easy. He gave up after getting frustrated and decided he wouldn’t make a good astronaut.
The museum was full of all kinds of interesting things about the space race in the 1960’s, Neil Armstrong and current space exploration. It was especially interesting to John and I because neither of us knew much about the space race. John was 5 and I was 2 when Mr. Armstrong set foot on the moon.
The 56 foot dome in the center of the museum houses the Astro theater where visitors can watch a 25 minute documentary about Apollo 11’s lunar landing.
There is a nice gift shop at the museum if you are interested in picking up a souvenir or two.
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is open Monday – Saturday from 9:30 – 5:00 and Sunday from noon – 5:00.
Adult – $8
Senior – $7
Children (6 – 12) – $4
Under 5 – Free