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Space City isn’t quite the same when one of our star attractions, Space Center Houston, is closed. Like other local attractions, Space Center Houston closed its doors back in March and has remained close for the past couple months. But now there’s some good news — Space Center will be reopening its doors to the public starting July 1, and there will be some new exhibits!

Of course, given the current state of things, Space Center Houston is making some changes for the safety of guests and employees. Here are some key things you need to know:

  • Timed admission tickets will be used and there will be a daily capacity
  • Special hours for vulnerable populations will be added
  • Guests and employees must follow social distancing guidelines and will be asked to wear face coverings
  • Self-scan turnstiles will be used at entrances
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facilities
  • Plexiglass shields will be installed at ticket counters
  • Galleries will have one-direction walking paths to keep visitors from clustering up
  • Theaters will remain closed until further notice

“We have been diligently working to enhance our guest experience while implementing additional health and safety procedures,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO of Space Center Houston. “When guests return to Space Center Houston, we want you to feel safe and inspired through our authentic science learning experiences.”

Beyond new safety guidelines, guests can expect some fun new things to enjoy, including an exhibit with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster. The exhibit had just opened before the pandemic forced the attraction’s closure.

“Guests can walk around and underneath the first-stage booster spanning more than 156 feet long. It is the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters and is the same type of rocket that will launch NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 27 for the Demo-2 mission, marking the first time since 2011 that astronauts have launched from American soil,” Space Center Houston announced in a statement.

Additionally, visitors should expect more live shows since the theater will be closed temporarily.

“The center is adding new live shows in open spaces to bring science and space to life for people of all ages,” the statement said.

At this time, the venue hasn’t released details on when tickets will go on sale, stating on their website, “The timed admission tickets on-sale date will be announced, along with a thorough visitor guide, here on our website in the coming weeks.”

To learn more, visit SpaceCenter.orgspac.