Explore the museum that chronicles Wapakoneta, Ohio, native Neil Armstrong’s life and achievements. The Armstrong Air & Space Museum stands as a repository of Ohio’s aeronautical history and a monument to Ohio’s contribution to aviation and space exploration from the early pioneer days through the space shuttle era. See a moon rock, two full-sized aircraft flown by Neil Armstrong, the Gemini VIII space capsule, artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission and more. The museum gift shop offers a variety of items, including mission patches and a favorite – space ice cream! Average visit time: Allow 2+ hours
On July 20, 1969 the Apollo 11 crew had completed the greatest journey in human history, putting men on the moon and setting the course for the future of the nation’s space program. That day, Ohio governor James Rhodes proposed a museum as a monument to the achievements of not only Armstrong but “all Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity,” as well as to the history of the space program itself. On July 20, 1972, three years to the day after Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, the Armstrong Air & Space Museum opened.
The museum participates annually in Wapakoneta’s Summer Moon Festival. This three-day July event offers a variety of activities throughout the city. The museum offers special, scheduled programming on its grounds. For more information visit: http://www.summermoonfestival.com/
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is managed locally by the Armstrong Air & Space Museum Association and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.