With small beginnings from cotton and railways, Huntsville saw revitalized growth during WWII with the creation of multiple U.S. munitions factories. Post war, these factories lead to the establishment of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 1960. Today, students can gain a hands-on appreciation for space travel with a trip to NASA’s Space Camp. There, students learn about space flight and training in a fun, interactive environment.
US Space and Rocket Center
Some have billed the US Space and Rocket Center as “earth’s largest space museum.” The center houses the space museum, Shuttle Park, and is a hub of space education.
The Space Museum houses artifacts and exhibits dedicated to space exploration and the history of the space program. Visitors can see the Mercury and Apollo 6 capsules as well as lunar rovers.
Shuttle Park houses an assortment of rockets. Visitors can walk among the towering heights of the Saturn I, Saturn V, and Jupiter-C rockets, as well as an F-1 rocket engine.
IMAX nearly brings moviegoers into the film. With a screen several stories tall and patented digital audio technology, guests can feel the sound vibrating in the room and be swept up in the movie.
Early Works Children’s Museum
Early Works is the south’s largest hands-on children’s history museum. Students are offered an interactive, engaging environment to learn about the world around them.
Huntsville Depot Museum
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Huntsville Train Depot was once the corporate offices for the eastern division of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Visitors can climb aboard the train for a narrated trip about railway and Civil War history.
Alabama Constitution Village
Eight recreated 19th century buildings comprise this living history village, including a print shop, law office, and post office. Constitution Village is located alongside the Historic Depot and Early Works Children’s Museum.
Highlights shown above are just a few of this area's top attractions.
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