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Address: Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA 94035
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This major NASA research center in the heart of Silicon Valley features an...

This major NASA research center in the heart of Silicon Valley features an interactive visitors center.

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We stopped here when we had a free afternoon on our way to SFO. We love space and enjoyed seeing the giant structures at Ames Center. We enjoyed this free visitor's center but it... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
New York
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New York
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48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped here when we had a free afternoon on our way to SFO. We love space and enjoyed seeing the giant structures at Ames Center. We enjoyed this free visitor's center but it seems as if it's not kept up the way it could be. Wish there were tours of NASA Ames.

Thank MsEarly
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove over an hour for this exhibit. As another reviewer stated, you can see everything in about 20 minutes. The exhibits are old and don't seem kept up well. The informational "plaques" are outdated-- one even used a piece of paper with the description typed in extremely small font. We were excited to view the videos/movies we had read... More 

Thank Miryt F
Charleston, WV
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small place with two moon rocks, some models and several space suits. Not much interpretation. I'd plan about a half hour to 45 minutes. There is a gift shop. The big wind tunnel in the distance is impressive. If you look around outside there are some planes and models.

Thank hodag21378
Santa Clara, California
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387 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We were disappointed that this NASA exhibit did not show more about current research going on at NASA. It's small and you can make the circular tour in 20 minutes or so. Since there is no charge (just our tax dollars at work), it's worth a visit but we won't return.

Thank Alice W
Bradenton, Florida
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Many displays of NASA Ames missions including models of many spacecraft, ISS, moon rock, and models. Interesting films. Please tell your federal elected officials to increase NASA funding!

Thank nicholas_riegel
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

One hand it was very interesting, but the other hand, it was not so much to see. It was very hard to fint the visitor center because of the renewal.

Thank 527enik_k
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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252 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We decided to visit the Ames Center to see what was on display. I'm something of a US space program aficionado and was impressed with some of the content and less with other sections. There were informative displays for several space programs that had Ames support, including life size versions of a Mercury program capsule, a section of the International... More 

Thank Nomad0921
Mililani, Hawaii
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Decent place with many exhibits. But smaller than expected. And could use some upgrading. Overall a good place and informative place to spend an hour or so.

Thank dtobi
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191 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is a sad commentary on two noble institutions: Ames Research Center and NASA. They have thrown together a bunch of disconnected displays, many with nearly unreadable typed sheets stuck in glass cabinets. Many of the interactive displays/videos were not working. Save your gas and go somewhere else. However, if you are hot to see a small piece of a... More 

Thank DundeeVino
Singapore, Singapore
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70 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

The exhibits at NASA AMES Research Center are the scaled down version of what you will be able to see at the Houston Space Center. The exhibits here though, are free. It will probably take you about 30 minutes to see all the exhibits here and you’ll be able to see some moon rocks (yup! rocks from the moon!) and... More 

Thank 2bearbearSG

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