Challenger Space Center Arizona is a public museum open year-round, Daily (Monday - Sunday ) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and features three levels of exhibits and memorabilia.
Space exhibits include They Came From Outer Space: The Exhibition, 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
Children (3-12 yrs) $6
Seniors (55+ yrs) $7
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 10a - 4p
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!
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.
Closed on the Following Holidays
New Years Day
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.
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.