By Paola Santiago
Posted On: Aug 19, 2021
Ohio is home to many of America's beloved astronauts and aviators and in many cases, helped spur the moments they became the stars they are today. In the many years since the American Lunar Landing and man's first foray into flight, Ohio has cataloged and showcased every step we took to get there! Take a trip to your nearest museum below, and experience Ohio's Space and Aviation history.
NOTE: Check directly with places before you go to learn about their health and safety guidelines.
Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta
Nestled in Neil Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta, this museum serves as a repository for anything related to Ohio's contribution in the aerospace field. Find two full-sized aircraft flown by Armstrong himself, along with Apollo 11 artifacts and authentic space capsules! Be sure to grab a tour guide, their breadth of knowledge for air and space history complements these exhibits which are unique to Ohio.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton
Long a pillar of the local community, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force serves as the world's largest collection of military aviation history with more than 360 different aircraft on display. Gaze at history-making flyers like the Memphis Belle or the Apollo 15 Command Module. Great for all ages, the museum is both awe-inspiring and interactive.
NASA Glenn Visitor Center in Cleveland
Discover what it takes to be a real-life astronaut at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center in the Great Lakes Science Center! From a real space suit to testing the launch of a space mission, these exhibits will nurture any star gazer's air and space curiosity. Don't forget to check out the Apollo 3 Command Module, Moon Rock, and artifacts from Ohio native, Astronaut John Glenn's Friendship 7 Mission!
International Women's Air & Space Museum in Cleveland
Serving as a repository for women's impact on the space and aviation industry, this museum currently displays permanent exhibitions of beloved flyers like Amelia Earhart, The Mercury 13 and Harriet Quimby - the first American woman to get a pilot's license.
Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton
Two hangers chock-full of functional planes and artifacts give visitors a unique view into the area's aviation history - but this museum comes with a twist. Liberty Aviation Museum is one of the few aviation museums in the Midwest that offers visitors a chance to not only see air history but also experience it! Liberty offers rides in historic planes like the B-17 Yankee Lady.
The National Aviation Heritage Area in Dayton
Learn and find out how you can help build a replica of the Wright B Flyer - America's first factory-built airplane or meet the legends that shaped aviation and space travel at the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Reach new heights at the National Aviation Heritage Area, an entire corner of southwest Ohio that celebrates Ohio's influence and legacy in flight.
Warren Airways Airport
This half-scale replica of Apollo 11's lunar landing module, which is nearly 13 feet tall and 12 feet wide, marks the site where the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, took off during his first airplane ride at the age of six. Near the entrance to the site is an Ohio historical marker honoring another U.S. astronaut, Ron Parise, who was born and raised in Warren and flew two missions on the space shuttle in 1990 and 1995.
Cincinnati Museum Center Space Gallery
The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery is a new permanent exhibit that celebrates the legacy of the Apollo 11 Mission. The gallery is centered around a 360-degree immersive theater experience, and also features four unique artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission.