Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has swept away the “space dust” and welcomed guests back into the newly reopened Space Shop, which is the world’s largest store devoted to space memorabilia and NASA gear.
The recently renovated Space Shop at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex reopened with a ribbon cutting on June 29, 2018. The refurbished store covers 15,372 square feet, and now features new interactive shopping experiences, an historic artifact, and a larger inventory of souvenirs, memorabilia and retail items.
A central point of the store, a portion of Apollo 11 gantry is seamlessly integrated into the design. As guests walk across it on the second floor, they will have views of all the activity around and underneath them, offering a photo opportunity. The remainder of the gantry was used in the Apollo/Saturn V Center’s memorial exhibit.
Other new features include a Customization Station, where shoppers can personalize their gear and souvenirs; and two Selfie Stations where guests can take photos of themselves as astronauts to share via email and social media, and display on LED screens throughout the store. In addition, a new and improved astronaut autograph signing area gives guests a photo backdrop for a keepsake with a space hero.
“Our new Space Shop is a shopping experience you can’t get anywhere else in the universe,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “One special feature, the original Apollo-era gantry, allows shoppers to literally walk in the footsteps of NASA astronauts. It’s an interactive shopping destination where our guests can bring a bit of their space experience home.”
This is the second renovation of the Space Shop in its current location. Merchandise is also available online at TheSpaceShop.com. For more information, go to KennedySpaceCenter.com, and watch these videos: