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NASA GSFC Visitor Center

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Address: 8800 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001
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+1 301-286-9041

A great rainy-day attraction near Wallops Island, the center conducts...

A great rainy-day attraction near Wallops Island, the center conducts launches of its model rockets.

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Small but super

I stopped in on my way somewhere else for a couple of hours to check out the James Webb Space Telescope exhibit. A very helpful and knowledgeable helped me plan my visit... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Andrew B
Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small but nice space center. If you are in the area, it is worth the visit. But do not drive far to see it. Still, IKEA is near by. You can drop mom off at IKEA and then go see the Space Center.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped in on my way somewhere else for a couple of hours to check out the James Webb Space Telescope exhibit. A very helpful and knowledgeable helped me plan my visit. There were a number of things that I just didn't have time to do but I greatly enjoyed checking out the various exhibits and the rocket park that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

During a recent family visit, we took the kids to the NASA Goddard Visitor Center. I must admit that we were pleasantly surprised. There were several interactive activities for the children. A lot of good information on the history of the space center, and the small gift shop had a nice variety of items, including freeze dried space food.

Thank AW D
Plainville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The NASA Goddard Visitor Center is a great museum! Lots of educational displays including an actual Moon Rock and a model of the JWST. The gift shop offers plenty of t-shirts, patches, pins, etc... It's open to the public without having to drive onto the base.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

This is a fascinating place to visit especially if you are interested with astronomy and physics. It requires more time than the 90 minutes we had allotted. Be prepared to read and watch a lot of video as NASA scientists explain the challenges of understanding our universe and the tools use to explore it.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Where is the space shuttle at, that the pictures were posted of? Really small, the only cool thing was the Moon Rock and that dark room with video taken of the sun.

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Orange, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

My 15 is a die hard nasa fan studing to work there someday. We did Cape Canaveral in Dec this is much smaller exhibits were good Can be in and out in 1.5 hrs wish they had more of flight school history or tour there

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Entry is free to here, I would pay to gain entry. Its informative and has lots of things to see. Does not have a cafe on site, but you can take your own picnic and eat in the gardens which is nice.

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Jaragua Do Sul, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I recommended a visit there. You can see a lot of pictures of the universe. There is an incredible video of images of the sun! You can see other things like Nasa's rockets.

Thank Elisa P
Hannibal, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

The NASA Goddard Visitors Center offers some nice updated interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. The Solarium room shows breath-taking footage of REAL surface of the sun activity. That must not be missed if you visit here. Allow an hour or two for a visit. They also have a nice gift shop with reasonably priced NASA souveniers - T... More 

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