We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

NASA GSFC Visitor Center

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 8800 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001
Phone Number:
+1 301-286-9041

A great rainy-day attraction near Wallops Island, the center conducts...

A great rainy-day attraction near Wallops Island, the center conducts launches of its model rockets.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 137 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 33
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
  • 2
  • 2
Very Nice!

My wife and my brother and I went here for the first time and let me tell ya it was really cool. Then we went into this room with a big ball looking thing where video was shown on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gary S
Tatamy, Pennsylvania, United States
Add Photo Write a Review

137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 58: English reviews
Tatamy, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and my brother and I went here for the first time and let me tell ya it was really cool. Then we went into this room with a big ball looking thing where video was shown on it. Wow were we blown away. Really great place to see.

Thank Gary S
Cary, North Carolina
Level Contributor
371 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the visitor center on our way to DC from the Cryptology Museum. There really wasn't much to the museum. There were several rockets outside but they were ones you could see at many NASA locations. The display for the new orbiting telescope was very good and informative. I would not go out of my way to visit.

Thank JoeBoxter
Level Contributor
135 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is a small but nice space center. If you are in the area, it is worth the visit. But do not drive far to see it. Still, IKEA is near by. You can drop mom off at IKEA and then go see the Space Center.

Thank Aaron M
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I stopped in on my way somewhere else for a couple of hours to check out the James Webb Space Telescope exhibit. A very helpful and knowledgeable helped me plan my visit. There were a number of things that I just didn't have time to do but I greatly enjoyed checking out the various exhibits and the rocket park that... More 

Thank Andrew B
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 November 2016

During a recent family visit, we took the kids to the NASA Goddard Visitor Center. I must admit that we were pleasantly surprised. There were several interactive activities for the children. A lot of good information on the history of the space center, and the small gift shop had a nice variety of items, including freeze dried space food.

Thank AW D
Plainville, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The NASA Goddard Visitor Center is a great museum! Lots of educational displays including an actual Moon Rock and a model of the JWST. The gift shop offers plenty of t-shirts, patches, pins, etc... It's open to the public without having to drive onto the base.

Thank Peter T
Level Contributor
24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

This is a fascinating place to visit especially if you are interested with astronomy and physics. It requires more time than the 90 minutes we had allotted. Be prepared to read and watch a lot of video as NASA scientists explain the challenges of understanding our universe and the tools use to explore it.

1 Thank Stephen K
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Where is the space shuttle at, that the pictures were posted of? Really small, the only cool thing was the Moon Rock and that dark room with video taken of the sun.

Thank dmattt1973
Orange, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

My 15 is a die hard nasa fan studing to work there someday. We did Cape Canaveral in Dec this is much smaller exhibits were good Can be in and out in 1.5 hrs wish they had more of flight school history or tour there

Thank saracurrier
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
313 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Entry is free to here, I would pay to gain entry. Its informative and has lots of things to see. Does not have a cafe on site, but you can take your own picnic and eat in the gardens which is nice.

1 Thank Sunny P

Travellers who viewed NASA GSFC Visitor Center also viewed


Been to NASA GSFC Visitor Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of NASA GSFC Visitor Center and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from NASA GSFC Visitor Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?