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NASA Ames Research & Visitor Center:
Space and Science Exploration

Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Ames Research Center is one of ten NASA field centers. Most notably involved with entry, descent and landing technologies, astrobiology and airborne science, Ames plays a vital role in all of NASA's missions and aeronautics programs. Ames has provided NASA with some of the most critical advancements in aviation to date. Take a tour of the visitor's center and check out cool exhibits like REAL Moon Rock and The Kepler Mission for a peek inside our galaxy. Enjoy flight simulations through the Milky Way Galaxy in the Immersive Theater, see a real moon rock and experience what it's like to live and work in space.



Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm and weekends 12 pm - 4 pm.




  • Science on a Sphere
  • Immersive Theater Shows
  • REAL Moon Rock


  • Self-guided Tours
  • Lectures
  • Lectures
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours
  • Interactive Exhibits


  • Does the NASA Ames Research Center offer guided tours?

    While there are no public tours to the NASA Ames Research Center itself, there are guided tours available of the Moffett Museum and the Ames Exploration Center. If you're interested in rocket ships, space exploration, and science, take a tour of the facilities and visit exhibits like the Kepler Mission to survey the Milky Way or the Science on a Sphere exhibit for a peek inside our galaxy. 
  • What does AMES do for NASA?

    NASA’s Ames Research Center is a world-class research facility essential in the development of small spacecraft, hosting some of the world’s leading supercomputers and directing astrobiology research. One of 10 NASA field centers, the NASA Ames Research Center plays a vital role in NASA's missions and aeronautics programs and has conducted world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science aligned with the center's core capabilities.

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