Road Trippin’ with Truda: Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Posted May 21, 2022
Topics: Air & SpaceDaily Life

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.

Building: The Armstrong Air & Space Museum

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum

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 travelmany Ohioans and Ohio companies contributed to American successes.

Neil Armstrong’s space suit

Neil Armstrong’s space suit

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 lieit 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.

Judith Resnik: Ohioan and pioneering astronaut

Judith Resnik: Ohioan and pioneering astronaut

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.

For more information: Visit our website or the Armstrong Air & Space website. Become a member and visit our site system, including Armstrong Air & Space, for free!

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