Space Expo is a space travel museum and the visitor centre of ESA ESTEC. We have been open for almost 30 years. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her son Prince Friso opened the exhibition centre on June 29, 1990. Each year we welcome more than 100,000 visitors.
Visitors to Space Expo make an exciting journey of discovery through the universe. You can touch a real meteorite, launch a hydrogen rocket or jump around on the moon. One of our highlights is André Kuipers’ original Soyuz capsule.
In addition, much attention is paid to the history of space travel. You can walk through a model of the International Space Station (ISS). A visitor favourite is the life-size model of the moon landing.
An exhibition from a galaxy far away
Millions of people from all over the world love Star Wars. A space saga told in no fewer than nine films, divided into three trilogies. Space Expo loves Star Wars, too. And because there’s a new Star Wars film in the cinemas, we’re hosting a very special presentation at Space Expo, put together by several Dutch collectors.
André & the Soyuz Capsule
At Space Expo you can also admire many things that have to do with André Kuipers' space missions. For example his original space suit. The Soyuz TMA-03M space capsule (with which André Kuipers made his journey to the international space station ISS) can also be seen permanently at Space Expo.
To ESA ESTEC WITH THE SPACE SHUTTLE
During the weekends and every weekday during school holidays visitors of Space Expo can visit ESTEC. ESTEC is the technical heart of ESA and here satellites are tested before launch. ESTEC has been based since 1968 in Noordwijk. More than 2.700 employees from dozens of countries work there.
Costs are € 6.50 p.p. (plus entrance fees).
You can buy the tickets on the day itself at the counter.
Space Shuttle departure times: 11.30 | 13.30 | 15:00
Check the Space Shuttle page to see on which days the shuttle is available.
In our Space Shop you will find nice space gifts, gadgets, puzzles, magnets, key chains and more, available in all price categories for all ages.
In the Space Bar you can enjoy coffee, soft drinks, pastries, various sandwiches, soup or sweets. You can use our catering facility without an entrance ticket. The Space Bar is open during the opening hours of Space Expo.
You can park for free next to the building. Space Expo has 100 parking places.
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