The visit begins at the modern visitor center that is operated by a vendor and is a combination of science and amusement centers. The new visitor center and amusements opened in 1992, and with it the cost went up, but so too the time most people spend there increased. The cost on 11/10/02 was $21.95 for adults & $15.95 for seniors.
Most of your time will be spent in the visitor center and it is the location of most of the displays. The visit to the Johnson Center is by guided tour and is very restricted since 9/11/2001. You do get to visit the training lab where the crews train for space, and also the old mission control from the early days up through the first of the shuttle missions. The current operation control center has been removed from the tour since 9/11. With two couples visiting, we spent about five hours in the center. The following is a collection of pictures from our visit and if you place your mouse on each, a description of what it is will appear. Double click and it will enlarge.