NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley is an active research laboratory and currently does not host public tours, but there are still ways you can interact with us!
The NASA Ames Visitor Center is located at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California. From models of spacecraft and genuine spacesuits from as early as the Mercury and Gemini missions to artifacts related to NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions, the NASA Ames Visitor Center at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California, gives visitors access to over 80 years of Ames history and a look into current and future projects. Ames’ expertise in wind tunnel testing, rover design and testing, space robotics, supercomputing, and more is on display.
Debut ceremony for the first full-scale model of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, during Artemis Preview Weekend at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California. Credits: Al Escobar.
Ames Gift Shop
The Ames Gift Shop in Silicon Valley, located off of Highway 101 near Mountain View (at exit 398, Moffett Blvd/NASA Parkway), is the place to purchase unique NASA gifts and official NASA gear. The Ames Gift Shop is open for in-person shopping: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT. Merchandise can also be purchased online.