Accolades and recognition

Smithsonian Affiliate, 2014-2017
Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate museum. Smithsonian Affiliates share exhibits and collections, collaborate on research projects and develop innovative education strategies with the Smithsonian.
NASA Johnson Space Center Official Visitor Center, 1992-2017
Space Center Houston is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, the home of astronaut training, International Mission Control and human space exploration.
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, 2014-2016
The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence celebrates outstanding hospitality businesses listed on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Space Center Houston earned the award three years in a row based on consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers.
IAAPA Brass Ring Awards, 2016
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded Space Center Houston’s Independence Plaza with the industry’s highest honor. The colossal exhibit earned the Impact Award and Best New Product for Displays and Sets. The Impact Award, one of the most distinguished of the international Brass Ring Awards program, is given to a category winner that had or will have the most impact on the future of the industry. The Best New Product for Displays and Sets Award recognizes excellence in the theming and design of an exhibit or attraction.
Associated General Contractors of America, Houston Chapter, Awards for Project Excellence Silver Award, 2016
The innovative construction of Independence Plaza won the Silver Award in the Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing Category for Space Center Houston contractor MLN Company. Independence Plaza required 80 tons of air conditioning, 1,565 feet of sprinkler piping, and 8,970 pounds of duct work.
Houston Chronicle Top Workplace, 2016
Space Center Houston was selected as one of the best places to work in the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle. The Top Workplaces are based solely on the results of an anonymous employee survey measuring several aspects of workplace culture including alignment, execution and connection.
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Certificate, 2004-2016
The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Space Center Houston for hosting the Epicurean Evening event highlighting local cuisine and businesses annually at Space Center Houston.
TripAdvisor Bravo Award, 2015
The TripAdvisor Bravo Award recognizes attractions with a significant number of “excellent,” five-star reviews from visitors.
Lian Top Choice, 2015
Space Center Houston received the Lian Top Choice award in the tourist attraction category after receiving positive reviews from judges and Asian visitors.
Constant Contact All-Star, 2014
Constant Contact recognized organizations for e-marketing outreach and engagements efforts. Space Center Houston was in the top 10 percent of Constant Contact clients in relation to how it interacts with subscribers.
Houston Press Best Tourist Attractions, 2006, 2014
Houston Press named Space Center Houston the best tourist attraction in 2006 and 2014.
The Big Draw & No. 1 Attraction in Houston, 2014
An article about Houston in USA Today dubbed Space Center Houston as “The Big Draw” in Houston in 2014 and named the center the number one attraction in Houston.
Texas Office of the Governor Appreciate Certificate, 2012
The Texas Office of the Governor recognized Space Center Houston for the center’s efforts during Shuttlebration weekend securing, transporting and displaying the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence.
Friendswood Independence School District Appreciate Certificate, 2010
Friendswood Independence School District and Career and Technology Education recognized Space Center Houston as a vital link for students as a connection between academics, business and the community.
Space Center Houston Day in the City of Houston, 2006
The city of Houston recognized Space Center Houston for outstanding achievements.
NASA Public Service Medal, 2003
Space Center Houston received this prestigious award for its “Outstanding Support of NASA.”