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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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  • Great museum situated near Neil Armstrong's hometown is chock full of the history of rocketry and the development of space travel. There are joystick operated landing activities, artifacts and showcas...  more »
  • We were blown away how amazing this little museum is. Definitely kid friendly and has many hands on activities. There were volunteers or workers walking around answering questions too. It's very affor...  more »
  • A great stop ... not only did it break up a long drive it is a humbling learning experience. The amazing strides this group of scientists and astronauts achieved is almost beyond description. The exhi...  more »
  • We enjoyed this museum's focus on America's space effort and moon landing. It had a great tribute to our astronauts and of course Ohios native son. Neil Armstrong. You can cover the displays and grounds in 1.5 hrs. At night the dome appears like the moon in the night sky.
  • Lots of fun, great information and a few cool artifacts. Also has some cool interactive exhibits for the kids...or dad. Not a huge or sparkling brand new museum, but a great place to stretch your legs (and mind) for a couple hours on a road trip or for a homeschool feild trip. Pictures allowed throughout but I was so focused, I forgot to take any-probably a good sign!
  • It's a small museum, but very informative. A great tribute to Armstrong and his contributions to human discovery and knowledge. They need donations to fix their planetarium, so please consider helping.
  • Interesting with lots of hands on activities. Great video half way through. Picnic tables outside to enjoy lunch on.
  • Small, yet informative. Some interactive exhibits, kids under 6 get free admission, adult were $8. Would likely go again if we ever go by that way again.

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