Air and Space Museum: Spacesuits and Underwear

Field review by the editors.

Cahokia, Illinois

The astronaut suits of Gus Grissom and Gordo Cooper not only survived the rigors of space travel, they also survived earthly floods in 1986 and 1993 that destroyed two previous versions of this museum. This one opened in 2005 and thus far has remained dry.

St. Louis was where a number of the early NASA space capsules were built, and one of the most prized exhibits at the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum is the golf cart in which President Kennedy toured the capsule factory. The space suits and underwear of Grissom and Cooper also occupy a showcase of honor. The museum believes that the shiny silver Grissom suit was the one he wore in the famous Mercury 7 "Right Stuff" photograph.

Air and Space Museum: Spacesuits and Underwear

Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Address:
2300 Vector Drive, Cahokia, IL
Directions:
Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum. At St. Louis Downtown Airport, which is in Illinois. From St. Louis drive east into Illinois on I-55. Take exit 1. Drive south on IL-3 for two miles. Turn left onto Judith Lane. Drive three-quarters of a mile. Turn right onto Upper Cahokia Rd, then quickly left onto Air Flight Ave. The museum parking lot is at the end of Air Flight Ave, on the left.
Hours:
F-Su 10-4, or by appt. (Call to verify)
Phone:
618-332-3664
Admission:
Free, donations accepted.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Wreckage Of The USS InauguralWreckage Of The USS Inaugural, St. Louis, MO - 3 mi.
Mile-Long Graffiti WallMile-Long Graffiti Wall, St. Louis, MO - 3 mi.
Lemp Mansion - Haunted ToursLemp Mansion - Haunted Tours, St. Louis, MO - 3 mi.
In the region:
Snake Man, St. Louis, MO - 8 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Illinois

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Illinois.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

October 13, 2019

My Sights

My Sights

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Illinois Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Garbage Goat of the Welding Nun, Spokane, Washington (Oct 7-13, 2019)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Cahokia, Illinois

Nightly rates found:

Book Now