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Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta

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The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is a museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the hometown of aviator and astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon. Opened in 1972, the museum chronicles Ohio's contributions to the history of aeronautics and space flight. The museum is home to an F5D Skylancer, the original Gemini 8 spacecraft piloted by Armstrong to perform the world's first space docking, two of Armstrong's space suits, multiple items from the Apollo Program missions, and a Moon rock brought back during the Apollo 11 mission. The museum has several main galleries that cover the early beginnings of the Space Race, all the way to the end of the Space Shuttle Era. In the museum's Astro-theater, multimedia presentations and documentaries are cast upon the interior of the dome.

The Armstrong Museum is a member site in a larger network of museums and destinations owned by the Ohio History Connection. The National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) lists the Armstrong Air & Space Museum as one of its partner organizations, citing its preservation of historically relevant material related to the history of aerospace. While the museum bears the name of the famed Apollo 11 astronaut, Armstrong had no formal connection with the museum nor did he benefit from the organization in any way.

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  • My family and I visited the Armstrong Air and Space Museum on our trip through the area. The museum focuses of the life and career of Neil Armstrong and the US Space Program. Right as we arrived, we.....  more »
  • This small museum is devoted to Neil Armstrong’s career from being a pilot to astronaut. It takes about a couple of hours to go through. They have a number of artifacts including a space suit and...  more »
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  • Visited the Armstrong Air & Space museum for the first time. I have to say that it was a very nice museum with a lot of artifacts related to Neil Armstrong and the trip to the moon. They had a real Gemini space capsule and numerous space suits related to Armstrong. I liked the layout, circular in nature and easy to see everything, including a real moon rock. And there was a video on America's race to the moon which was quite good and informative. I can go on and on about the museum but all I can really say is I enjoyed it quite a bit. And there was a gift shop to boot. A great place to stop by, right at the interstate 75 so if you're heading North towards Detroit or South towards Cincinnati it is worth the stop. Price wise, it was worth the $10 (adult price). My daughter, if she were with me would have enjoyed this museum. While there I noticed a large group of kids come through... So a school trip here would be quite good. And south of here in Dayton is the US Air Force Museum, another museum which may have some of the rockets and space capsules, but it lacks the nice small feel that this museum has. You can spend a good hour at the least here to see everything.
  • The museum is focused primarily on Neil Armstrong and his involvement with the space program. Still, there is a strong representation of the significant men and women who played vital and integral roles in the US Space Program. Definitely worth the trip to Neil Armstrong's hometown.

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