“President and Mrs. Harding Home for the Centennial”
Harding Presidential Sites Manager Sherry Hall describes Warren G. Harding's final visit to Marion, Ohio for the town's centennial on July 4-5, 1922.
Join Truda Shinker, our membership manager, as she visit the sites in the Ohio History Connection network! This month's road trip took her to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta.
Armstrong Air & Space Museum's location at the intersection of I-75 and US 33 makes it an easy trip for many Ohioans. If you haven't been yet, I would highly recommend making the drive.
This gem of a museum has something for everyone--interactive kid-friendly displays, engaging history exhibits, actual spacecraft and space suits, as well as some unexpected treasures. You'll leave with a greater understanding of the history of space travel through the lens Neil Armstrong's life. I also learned that Neil Armstrong was not the only Ohioan who made a huge impact on space travel–many Ohioans and Ohio companies contributed to American successes.
Address: 500 Apollo Drive, Wapakoneta, OH 45895
How much time: The casual visitor will probably spend 2-3 hours. However, visitors who are real space buffs could probably spend the entire day exploring the exhibits.
My favorites: I thoroughly enjoyed the movie that plays every 30 minutes in the Astro Theater. It really tied the exhibits together for me and did a great job of giving viewers a feel for what it was like to be alive during the space race. I'm not going to lie–it may have made me tear up a couple of times.
Truda's Tips: The restrooms are located near the entrance, so visiting them at the beginning of your tour will save you some steps. Also, there are picnic tables located on the grounds of the museum and a number of fast food restaurants located within a half mile.
Don't Miss: Don't forget about the exhibits outside the museum! The F5D Skylancer and the life sized Gemini and Apollo mock-ups located on the museum grounds are not to be missed! And be sure to visit the gift shop. In addition to space ice cream, it offers a wide variety of tshirts, toys, books, mission patches and other fun souvenirs of your trip.