AZ Challenger Space Center

Welcome to Challenger Space Center Arizona!


Public Museum

Challenger Space Center Arizona is a public museum located in the beautiful city of Peoria, Arizona. Open year-round (M-F 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), our space-science Center features two levels of exhibits and memorabilia, a roof top, and a lower level filled with HUGE building blocks. 

Space exhibits include satellite exhibits, a life-sized Iridium satellite model, a ten-foot Shuttle Atlantis display courtesy of Honeywell, a real landing gear tire from Space Shuttle Discovery STS-121, and gravity game. The center features autographed memorabilia and mission patches from past Space Missions. Our Galaxy Gift Shop offers hundreds of educational space and science items, including books, toys, puzzles, gadgets and games.

Kids of all ages enjoy catching a virtual planet in My Solar System with motion detection technology. Catch a planet and learn an interesting tidbit about that planet. This exhibit is courtesy of a grant from the Tohono O'odham Nation.

**Please keep in mind that on the day of your arrival there might be reservations, private parties, events, or field trips in various areas of the venue and areas of the museum, such as "My Solar System" or Imagination Playground might be unavailable to the general public. We recommend calling (623)-322-2001 in advance to check the availability of the museum exhibits. **

Public General Admission
Adults                           $8  
Seniors (55+ yrs)          $7
Military (with ID)            $7
Children (4-12 yrs)        $6
Ages 3 & Under             Free
Challenger Members     Free


Public Hours of Operation

Monday        12p - 4p

Tuesday        12p - 4p

Wednesday   12p - 4p

Thursday       12p - 4p

Friday            12p - 4p

Saturday       10a - 4p

Sunday          CLOSED

Guided Tours

Guided tours are offered by volunteer docent tour guides and are only available when volunteers are present. We cannot always guarantee tour guides and we recommend calling ahead to check or booking group tours in advance (623-322-2001) prior to visiting the Challenger Space Center. Typically, we are able to offer tours multiple times a day, on demand (with enough participants at the venue), Saturday. 

Guided tours include a tour of exhibits, holding a real meteorite and blasting off in the Earth-Space-Transport-Module. 

In depth self-guided tours are also available with paid admission and describe in detail the history and significance of the exhibits on display.

Adult Groups - Group Tours 

Group discounts are available for senior groups, educational groups, community groups, special needs groups, and AAA Members. A group is defined as 10 or more adults. Groups must make reservations and can pay in advance, or pay per person ( $6.50 per person) the day of your tour. See below for Group Reservation. 

Please contact our Group Reservations Department at 623-322-2012 to schedule an adult group to Challenger Space Center for an out-of this-world experience! 


Student Groups 

Challenger Space Center offers Space FUNdamentals during the Summer (June, July, August) for student/children’s groups. Two options provide fun activities for students to make the most of your Challenger Space Center experience. Student groups must pre-register with Challenger's Education department by calling 623-322-2020. Groups that walk-in without a prior confirmed reservation will be limited to a SELF-GUIDED tour.


Public Programs and Events 
Weekend events include
Family STAR Nights (multiple times a year) and occasional light shows (every other weekend)! Once a month guests can become a crew member on a two-hour simulated mission aboard the International Space Station (additional fee and reservations are required). Click here for Fly to Outer Space Simulated Missions.

Summer Camp and Holiday Camp are very popular programs which feature fun science activities for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.    

Challenger offers Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs featuring the mysteries and wonders of space exploration. A special scout packet is available by contacting the center in advance of your troop visit. The Challenger Space Center also hosts fun events for scout groups throughout the year!

Space-Tots Preschool programs are also very popular, as are senior group tours, birthday parties, and corporate events.


Education Programs
Educational programs are the backbone of the Challenger Center. All of our 
education programs are designed to meet or exceed Arizona state educational standards. All programs are specially designed to meet educational standards set for Math, Science, Technology and Workplace Skills, and require advance reservations for field trips.


The Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning environment where schoolchildren, families, senior citizens, corporate teams and others fly simulated space flight missions where they become flight crews, mission controllers and scientists.


Flight missions, led by Challenger Flight Directors, seamlessly integrate the concepts of teamwork, communications and leadership, along with math, science and technology skills, to help participants work together to overcome obstacles and emergencies and complete a successful mission.


Driving Directions

Coming from the West (Sun City/Sun City West/Surprise)
Go East on Bell Road
Turn left onto 91st Avenue
Turn Right onto Lake Pleasant Parkway
Turn Left onto 83rd Avenue
The Center is the large white building on the left
The Challenger Space Center is adjacent to the Sunrise Mountain High School campus

Traveling West on Loop 101 (From the East Valley)
Exit onto 75th Avenue
Turn Right off the exit ramp, heading North on 75th Avenue
Turn Left onto Deer Valley Road
Turn Left onto 83rd Avenue
The Center is the large white building on the right
The Challenger Space Center is adjacent to the Sunrise Mountain High School campus

Traveling North on Loop 101 from the I-10
From the I-10, take the Loop 101 North
Travel 12 miles
Exit onto Union Hills Drive
Turn Left at the light onto Union Hills heading west
Turn Right onto 83rd Avenue
Turn Right at the 5th stop light to continue on 83rd Avenue (1st light after Beardsley Road)
The Center is the large white building on the left
The Challenger Space Center is adjacent to the Sunrise Mountain High School campus