AZ Challenger Space Center

Welcome to Challenger Space Center Arizona!

Please note that we will be closed the following dates so that our volunteers and staff can spend time with their families over the holidays:

November 27th, November 28th, November 29th

December 24th, December 25th, December 26th, December 27th

January 1st 


Public Museum

Challenger Space Center Arizona is a public museum located in the beautiful city of Peoria, Arizona. Open year-round (Monday - Saturday) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., our space-science Center features three levels of exhibits and memorabilia. 


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.

 

Public General Admission
Adults                           $8  
Seniors (55+ yrs)          $7
Military (with ID)            $7
Children (3-12 yrs)        $6
Ages 2 & Under             Free
Challenger Members     Free

 

Hours of Operation
Monday         10a - 4p
Tuesday        10a - 4p
Wednesday   10a - 4p
Thursday       10a - 4p
Friday            10a - 4p 
Saturday       10a - 4p
Sunday          CLOSED



Guided Tours
Monday thru Friday   10:15a, 11:15a, 1:00p, 2:00p and 3:00p
Saturday - Sunday    10:15a, 11:15a, 12:15p, 1:15p, 2:15p and 3:15p
 

 

Guided tours for the general public are conducted by Challenger volunteer docents for up to 11 people per tour with paid admission. Guided tours include a tour of exhibits, holding a real meteorite and blasting off in the Earth-Space-Transport-Module. 

Due to special engagements, Challenger Space Center cannot guarantee the availability of tour guides.  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 Adult groups of 12+, special needs groups, and AAA Members. A group is defined as 12 or more adults. Groups must make reservations and pay in one payment a minimum of two weeks in advance to ensure receiving a guided tour and the discounted adult rate of $6.50 per person (minimum of 12 people). See below for Group Reservation. 

Please contact our Group Reservations Department at 623-322-2006 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. MORE  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 Fun Days featuring hands on activities and science demonstrations, 
Family STAR Nights (additional fee), or StarLab Planetarium shows (additional fee). Also on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. visitors 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.


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