The NASA Exhibition, A Human Adventure is on display at the Queensland Museum from 15th March to 9th October 2019. The exhibition is entirely wheelchair accessible across the two levels of the exhibition. The NASA exhibition starts on level 3 and ends on level 2, which is accessible via the main museum lifts.
The exhibition features NASA’s achievements in space exploration. Featuring United States and Soviet Union replicas and scaled models.
Tickets can be purchased online via the Queensland Museum website or purchased from the box office. The Carer companion card is accepted and is collected from the box office. The box office opens at 9:30am and entry times start daily at 9:40am, then at 20 minute intervals through to 4pm.
The exhibition mainly consists of replicas and models. Even though it was very interesting to see an example of the kind of vehicles and equipment they use in space, I was hoping to see some more genuine items that had actually been in space. Nevertheless, they did have some interesting items on display and a lot of information regarding space exploration that will leave you fascinated.
The exhibition displayed a selection of NASA spacesuits and a cabinet of astronaut food, along with several other space items they would use. The wheelchair access throughout the exhibition was excellent with plenty of room to move around without difficulty. All areas were flat, and everything was at a good height to read. I found the layout a little confusing in areas and found they could have provided the information boards in better locations closer to or in front of the items for less confusion.
At the end of the exhibition, we were greeted with a large model of the front of a space ship. Stair access on the left lead visitors upstairs to see the inside of the space ship. On the right, they provided a specialized lift for wheelchair guests to access the top level of the space ship. One of the museum staff members assisted us with the lift, which was locked behind the gate. Once on the upper level, the museum staff member waited until we finished looking inside the space ship, before assisting us back down the lift.
The inside of the space ship was protected behind a sheet of glass so guests could only view it from the outside. I feel the space ship would have been more of a success if it was made interactive, so visitors could actually go inside and feel what it would be like to be behind the wheel of a space ship.
Overall we enjoyed our visit to the NASA A Human Adventure exhibition at the Queensland Museum, and it was extremely wheelchair friendly. But I have to admit the exhibition itself didn’t live up to our expectations, and we felt it could have been better in some areas. By saying this though I would recommend anyone who is into NASA and space exploration, and who would be interested in viewing model space equipment and replicas to check it out.
In my opinion, I give the NASA A Human Adventure Exhibition a rating of 5 for wheelchair accessibility and a rating of 3 stars for the overall experience.
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*