Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum

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500 Apollo Drive, Wapakoneta, OH, USA
(419) 738-8811

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vances vances
582 reviews
We have landed Nov 24, 2017
I think I was vaguely aware Neil Armstrong hailed from Ohio, but John Glenn must have overshadowed him. It was clearly good fortune which allowed me to stumble across this well done museum, opened July 20th, 1972 – exactly three years after Apollo 11’s historic moon landing. Entrance fee was $8 for adults (as of fall 2017): less for all others though I’m sketchy on specific rates.

Neil’s hometown of Wapakoneta is off the radar, so I was glad to be accompanied by a fair number of other guests on the Friday after Thanksgiving, though not so many as to make it unpleasant. While the thrust of the museum revolves around Apollo 11’s storied mission, there is much more. Exhibits offer comprehensive coverage of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects culminating in Neil’s first steps on other celestial bodies.

Many technical aspects are laid out in layman terms and a multitude of innovations get airplay. Everything is well presented: displays include informative placards, original artifacts (like a bona fide chunk of moon rock) and even video game challenges. There is clear appeal for every age group, and exhibits extend beyond the lunar. Interesting snippets are presented around our solar system and NASA satellites peeking beyond.

You eventually progress to a theater down a marvelous hallway. Barely illuminated by a subtle kaleidoscope of starlight, the path is disconcertingly dark, lending a mysterious air to the video you are about to view. I am ancient enough to vividly remember being glued to the TV when Neil uttered his famous words, and this fifteen minute reel resurrected every ounce of wonder and pride I felt. At the same time it made me aware of how perilous the mission was. I never knew Neil had to switch off the auto pilot when the lunar lander neared touchdown in the wrong place. Demonstrating the incredible wherewithal leading to his selection for the team, Armstrong seized control and scanned for a suitable spot, depositing the Beagle safely with only thirty seconds of fuel remaining!

Another fun tidbit learning how Armstrong and Aldrich had a five hour nap scheduled after landing prior to heading outside. Both were too keyed and successfully implored Mission Control to lay down the historic footprints ahead of schedule. This moment remains a remarkable accomplishment and the Museum recalls everything in a very inspiring fashion.
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mahoney mahoney
26 reviews
Nov 25, 2007
"Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

Those words were uttered by Neil Armstrong, first man to step foot on the moon, and he is originally from Wapakoneta, OH. The city has a wonderful museum dedicated to his accomplishments and to other Ohio astronauts.

Among the items on display are a F5D Sky Lancer, the Gemini VIII spacecraft, Apollo 11 artifacts and a moon rock. In the museum's Astro-theater, multimedia presentations of the sights and sounds of space unfold against a starry background.

The Astro-theater is inside the domed moon of the museum's exterior. It shows a short 20 minute movie that chronicles man's successful attempt to walk on the moon.

Step back in time and relive the space race and then move forward to the future. Who knows, the first person to step on Mars may be from your hometown!

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12 and under 5 is free.

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