NASA Ames Research Center and Moffett Field are an off the beaten path location just south of San Francisco, located right next to Highway 101. I came here to collect another stamp in my “Visit NASA Passport” which I started last year while visiting the Kennedy Space Center. This would be my third stamp in my passport book besides the Kennedy Space Center and the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
The NASA Ames Exploration Center is located outside the main gate and is open to the public. Moffett Field Museum is open to the public as well but is located on the grounds of Moffett field and you have to pass the gate. Normally when you tell the guard you are going to the museum you shouldn’t have any problems passing but I heard of people who got turned away even so the museum was open. I drove Highway 101 so many times up and down and never knew about this hidden gems here. Of course, you can see the big skeleton of Hangar 1 from the freeway but I didn’t anticipate at all that you can walk right up to it. This is area is something cool to see and not everyone knows that it is actually here. There are no signs indicating the museum or visitor center on the freeway.