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Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta

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4.2/5 based on 180 reviews on the web
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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  • We were travelling to Chicago and just happened to stop in Wapakoneta to get gas and found the Museum. Lots of history here. If you are travelling with children, try to stop in ... it will be worth it...  read more »
  • Yes, do make a stop here. This is a great place for young and old. Many interesting things to see concerning Neil Armstrong and the Space Era. 
  • Nice little museum. If you go, take the time to watch the video. Reasonably priced. Volunteer was quite helpful. Gift shop has lots of unique gift items. 
  • 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.
  • Lots of Neil Armstrong memorabilia and displays on his missions. The unique design of the museum is fun to see. It's not large, but it is a nice tribute to Armstrong in the town of his birth. Several interactive displays, an interesting movie and a gift shop (with a dizzying amount of mission patches) will keep you occupied for an hour or two.
  • What an adventure! Was above and beyond my expectations! Great display and legit time pieces. Children will definitely be entertained!!
  • Kids and wife loved it. Have to go back with out the kidos to read everything.
  • Wonderful to walk through and see everything. Very nice gift shop also.
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