Space Center Houston reopens

A flown Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX was put on display at Space Center Houston in March. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
A flown Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX was put on display at Space Center Houston in March. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

A flown Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX was put on display at Space Center Houston in March. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

Space Center Houston, located at 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston, reopened July 19 after being closed since mid-March.

Originally, the museum was expected to reopen in early July, but that was delayed as cases began to spike.

"It seemed like Texas was in good shape, but then, we opened too early," CEO William Harris said. "The first spike never really went away."

Now, officials have implemented ways to make a visit to the museum safe, including scheduled entry, the elimination of queues and hands-on exhibits, the addition of no-touch turnstiles and more.

"We basically have to live with this," Harris said.


Visitors will no longer have to wait hours in line to board a tram to visit Rocket Park, which includes a massive rocket on display. Instead, visitors will schedule a tram tour and get a notification when it is time to board the tram so they can spend time exploring the museum that they would otherwise have to spend in line, Harris said.

“You really can plan your day," he said.

This feature will continue after the pandemic ends to make museum visits more convenient, he said. No tram tours of the Johnson Space Center besides Rocket Park are available at this time.

"It’s really a new experience if you return," Harris said. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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