Southern Living names Huntsville’s Space & Rocket Center the best museum in the South

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One-of-a-kind experience. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Each year, lifestyle magazine Southern Living highlights who they consider to be the best museum in the South. This year, Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center took home the honor. Keep reading to learn why Southern Living named the U.S. Space & Rocket Center the South’s Best Museum of 2022.

The Space & Rocket Center

Calling all astronomy lovers in Huntsville. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

The Saturn V rocket at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center has become an icon in Hunstville. College students coming home post it on their Instagram stories, proms and other parties host their occasions under the rocket’s sparkling lights and Space Camp inspires generations of new astronauts.

When visiting the Space & Rocket Center, you’ll get a glimpse behind the scenes of rocket science while also learning the history of space exploration. It’s no wonder why the U.S. Space & Rocket Center has become one of the South’s most popular museums!

FUN FACT: This museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian, the largest museum located in DC. The Center is also the official visitors center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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Why it’s the best

3, 2, 1… (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Southern Living thought that the U.S. Space and Rocket Center rated top place out of so many other amazing museums in the South. So, why did Southern Living name the U.S. Space & Rocket Center the South’s Best Museum of 2022? After all, there are tons of amazing museums in the South, like the Atlanta History Center and Space Center Houston.

Here are several reasons Southern Living picked Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center: 

  • Multi-Axis Trainer—A NASA gimbal rig-inspired device that mimics the G-Force of a rocket launch, so you can get a little taste of what it’s like to be an astronaut!
  • Flight Simulators—Here, you can learn how to pilot a F-18 Super Hornet.
  • Apollo 11 VR—A 10 minute new type of documentary experience.
  • Space Camp—An inspiring program for the younger generation to inspire an interest in the stars.

Why do you think the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is the best? Tell us about it @HvilleBlast.

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