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Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta

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The Armstrong Air and Space Museum is a museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the hometown of Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on the Moon. The museum chronicles Ohio's contributions to the history of space flight. Among the items on display are an F5D Skylancer, the Gemini 8 spacecraft in which Armstrong flew (and in which he made the first space docking), 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 Armstrong Museum is located just west of I-75 at exit 111 (Bellefontaine Street) in Wapakoneta. The museum is operated by the Ohio Historical Society and has no formal relationship with Armstrong. The museum is a component of the National Aviation Heritage Area.Neil Armstrong's early yearsMr. Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 on his grandparents' farm, in Auglaize County, near Wapakoneta. He had a sister, June, and a brother, Dean. His parents were Stephen and Viola Armstrong. They raised their family in the small town of Wapakoneta.Museum historyAt the time of Neil Armstrong's first step onto the Moon, then Ohio Governor James Rhodes proposed to build a museum in Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta in his honor. The museum also was to honor "all Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity."Today, exhibits also detail the feats of the Wright Brothers and Ohioan Astronaut John Glenn.
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  • In the last several years many improvements have been made to the grounds. Signage, covered shelter house with picnic tables to accommodate field trips, and seasonal space themed Christmas displays. I...  more »
  • Big does not necessarily translate to better !! Thanks to TA I found out about this Museum and it was a no brainer we would do it ! Got there a minute before opening & bang thru the doors we went ! Ne...  more »
  • The visit to this museum brought back a lot of memories of the historic Apollo 11 event. It also filled in a lot about the "back story" regarding Neil Armstrong's life leading up to the flight. Well w...  more »
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  • The Neil Armstrong Museum is great for its tribute to the first man who stepped on the moon and the organization, NASA, that got him there.
  • The museum is very focused on Neil Armstrong. You learn a lot about his life growing up. They have a lot of original pieces on display. Highly recommended for all ages.
  • What an adventure! Was above and beyond my expectations! Great display and legit time pieces. Children will definitely be entertained!!
  • Although the museum was alright, I/We were disappointed the area where you could just go in & look at the stars etc.. was gone. I believe it is the movie theater now. We haven't been there since a school trip many years ago but the one thing we both remembered & looked forward too was watching the stars move above us. Hopefully at some point you can bring that back. Sometimes all a person wants is to lean back and look up at the stars without any distractions and think. Thanks.
  • It's a bit small, but they had a lot of great exhibits and interesting things to see.