NASA Announces Free Public Tours

Press Release From: Glenn Research Center
Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, located at 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland,will offer free tours, one Saturday a month, from April through October, for groups and individuals with reservations. Visitor parking is also available free of charge.

Media visits are welcome at the public tours. To arrange for a media visit or to request high-res images, please contact: or 216-433-2990.

This year’s tour schedule includes two historic district tours and a multimedia presentation on Glenn’s transformation from the site of the National Air Races in Cleveland into a world-class aircraft engine research laboratory.

During the guided tour, visitors can explore one of Glenn’s world-class facilities and see where scientists and engineers develop aeronautics and space technology. The tour also includes a stop by Glenn’s gift shop, which offers space-themed merchandise including NASA apparel and collectibles.

Tour Schedule:

April 1, Glenn’s tour bus departs at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.
Enter the Proving Grounds for Deep Space - Electric Propulsion Laboratory
The Electric Propulsion Laboratory houses two huge vacuum chambers that simulate the space environment.

May 6, Glenn’s tour bus departs at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Breeze by the 10 x 10 Wind Tunnel - Historic District Tour
For over 60 years, the 10 x 10-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel has conducted propulsion testing at supersonic speeds ranging from Mach 2.0 to 3.5. Examine the rich history of this test facility and its connections to NASA’s Apollo program and man’s first step on the moon. 

June 3, Glenn’s tour bus departs at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.
Research in Flight - NASA Glenn Hangar
Have you ever wondered what's inside the large hangar with the NASA logo? See how our aircraft monitor algal blooms on Lake Erie and other waterways.

July 8, Glenn’s tour bus departs at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.
Explore Locomotion on Planets - SLOPE Lab
The SLOPE lab is where rover components are tested for their ability to navigate and investigate planetary surfaces.

Aug. 5, Glenn’s tour bus departs at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.
See the Light of Solar Cells - Photovoltaic Lab
Our Photovoltaic Lab creates energy from light.  See how our technology can power everything from homes to spacecraft.

Sept. 9, Glenn’s tour bus departs at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.
Microgravity - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Zero-G Facility
See our Zero-G, which puts test payloads into a free fall for five seconds, dropping over 400 feet. 

Oct. 7, Glenn’s tour bus departs at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Go with the Flow in the 8 x 6 Wind Tunnel — Historic District Tour
Built in 1946, the 8 x 6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, which has contributed to decades of aeronautic research, is testing models for the next generation of supersonic aircraft.

Admission Requirements:

Tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. All visitors who are U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents 18 years of age or older, are required to present a form of government-issued photo identification (driver’s license, State ID) to Security at Glenn’s main gate before being allowed entry. Lawful permanent residents are also required to present a United States Permanent Resident Card (green card). Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the center.

Registration Information: Advance registration is required to attend Glenn tours and can be made up to 30 days prior to the actual tour.

To register, visitors should call the tour reservation line at (216) 433-9653 or send an email to Registered visitors will receive a confirmation number from NASA’s tour staff. Visitors must bring their confirmation number. Only visitors with a confirmation number and proper ID will be permitted on the tour.

Special needs guests are permitted to use their own vehicles, but must follow the tour bus at all times. Most research facilities are wheelchair accessible; however, some facilities have limited accessibility.

For more information on NASA Policies Regarding Visitors, see the Visitor Security Policy on our website before your tour.

For more information about Glenn tours, visit:

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