THE HISTORY OF THE AIR FORCE & SPACE

The Sands Space History Center, formerly known as The Air Force Space and Missile History Center, an extension of the museum, is located just outside the south gate of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The history center was renamed after Major General Harry J. ‘Bud’ Sands Jr. who originally proposed the creation of a museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station dedicated to its space history.

Admission is free!

Since the History Center is located just outside of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, no Cape access pass is required. The History Center contains historic information and displays for each Launch Complex (LC) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. To visit the rest of the USAF Space & Missile Museum, you can schedule a tour and explore our website to learn more about other artifacts and related history.

A gift shop and restrooms are available inside the building. The shaded picnic area is just outside the History Center door, so bring your lunch and enjoy the afternoon.

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Key History Center Artifacts

Other Museum Facilities


Directions to the History Center

From the South & East
(Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach)

  1. Travel north on A1A
  2. Exit right onto SR 401 (Exit 54A, A Terminals 5-10. North Cargo Piers)
  3. Drive over the Barge Canal drawbridge. You will begin to see signs to the Air Force Space Museum and History Center at this point.
  4. Continue past the North Cruise Terminals and the North Port (two traffic lights).
  5. Stay in the right lane and look for the traffic light ahead after passing the fuel storage tanks and Cape Pass & Identification building.
  6. Turn right at the traffic light, then immediately turn left into the parking lot driveway. Blue and white signs will direct you to the History Center directly behind the SpaceX Launch Control.

From the West & North
(Orlando and I-95)

  1. Tavel east on SR 528 (Beachline – Bennett Causeway)
  2. Exit right onto SR 401 (Exit 54A – A Terminals 5-10. North Cargo Piers)
  3. Drive over the Barge Canal drawbridge. You will begin to see signs to the Air Force Space Museum and History Center at this point.
  4. Continue past th North Cruise Terminals and the North Port (two traffic lights)
  5. Stay in the right lane and look for the traffic light ahead after passing the fuel storage tanks and Cape Pass & Identification building.
  6. Turn right at the traffic light, then immediately turn left into the parking lot driveway. Blue and white signs will direct you to the History Center directly behind the SpaceX Launch Control Center.

SANDS SPACE HISTORY CENTER
100 Spaceport Way | Building 90328 | Cape Canaveral, FL 32920