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American Space Museum

Explore the most extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the U.S. Space Program

A visit to Titusville is not complete without a tour of the museum with its hands-on exhibits and fascinating displays of NASA history

The museum features an impressive collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle programs as well as special exhibits on the Women of Space, unmanned missions, and the future of space exploration. The exhibit halls also feature spacecraft parts, astronaut suits, and mementos of the Soviet space program. A special section of the museum allows visitors to experience the sounds and sensations of an actual countdown and launch from Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral. The museum also contains the original Atlas Centaur launch consoles from launch pad 36A where visitors of all ages can sit in front of active console displays, throw switches, and imagine they are controlling an Atlas launch. The museum streams a daily “Stay Curious” presentation on Facebook Live at 4:00 pm. The 20-30 minute program narrates space history with artifacts from the museum collection, provides the latest launch information from Kennedy Space Center, and presents interviews with former space workers of the Apollo and Shuttle eras. The museum is a must-see attraction, especially for visitors who have come to Titusville to observe a current launch.

Video

1963 NASA promotional film: Florida: Moonport USA click to watch Source: Florida State Library and Archives: Florida Memory

Audio

Images

Space Shuttle Gallery Source: American Space Museum and Walk of Fame
Shuttle Firing Room Consoles Source: American Space Museum and Walk of Fame
Apollo Gallery Source: American Space Museum and Walk of Fame
Space Shuttle Advanced Crew Escape Suit Source: American Space Museum and Walk of Fame
Educational programs at the museum Source: American Space Museum and Walk of Fame
Apollo 11 lands on the moon, July 20, 1969 Carrying astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., the Lunar Module (LM) “Eagle” was the first crewed vehicle to land on the Moon. The LM landed on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969 in the region known as Mare Tranquilitatis (the Sea of Tranquility). Shown here is Aldrin Jr. making his exit from the LM to the lunar surface. Armstrong, who was already on the surface, took this photograph. The Apollo 11 mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via a Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. The Saturn V vehicle was developed by the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun. The 3-man crew aboard the flight consisted of astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module pilot. Armstrong was the first human to ever stand on the lunar surface. As he stepped off the LM, Armstrong proclaimed, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. He was followed by Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, describing the lunar surface as magnificent desolation. During a 2½ hour surface exploration the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material which was returned to Earth for analysis. With the success of Apollo 11, the national objective to land men on the Moon and return them safely to Earth had been accomplished. Source: Photo: NASA

Location

308 Pine St., Titusville, FL 32796 | Hours: Check website for hours Guided tours Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm (must be arranged in advance) There is an admission fee. Amenities: parking, gift shop, restrooms Phone: (321) 264-0434

Metadata

“American Space Museum,” Explore Historic Titusville FL, accessed February 5, 2023, https://history.titusville.com/items/show/71.