James S. McDonnell Prologue Room

Guided Tours of the James S. McDonnell Prologue Room

Adult Group Tours

Guided tours of the Prologue Room are offered to organized groups, and are available throughout the year. Tours take about one hour and can be customized for the group's age range and background.

Tours are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is closed weekends.

Admission is free. Cameras are permitted. The exhibit is wheelchair accessible. Reservations are required. Groups should call 314-232-6896 for reservations.

Student Tours - "The Mystery of Flight" and "The Adventures in Space"

"Mystery of Flight"

Student Tours: Mystery of Flight (Neg#: DSC_5394)The Mystery of Flight is an educational program designed for students in the fourth grade or above. This program provides an overview of how airplanes work, how they have evolved over the generations, and culminates with a fascinating study of space flight.

The attention-grabbing 90-minute, multi-media presentation includes:

  • An entertaining, informational video that explains the basic principles of flight in a fun and easy-to-understand manner.
  • A guided tour through the Prologue Room where the lessons of flight come to life.

Students will:
Learn how early planes looked and flew.
Find out why airplanes built for different jobs have different shapes.
Learn why airplanes have curved wings.
Understand the job of the tail, the flaps and the rudder.
Discover the difference between flying in air and in outer space.

In addition, students will receive exciting airplane pictures with interesting facts on the back side, and a comic book with fun quizzes and puzzles.

Admission is free, and photographs are permitted. To promote interaction and ensure educational effectiveness, groups are limited to a maximum of 30 students. Reservations are required. Call 314-232-6896 for reservations.

"Adventures in Space"

Student Tours: Adventures in Space (Neg#: DSC_5308)The Adventures in Space is an educational program designed for students in middle school or above (7th-12th grades). This program tells the captivating story of the history of humankind's endeavor to explore space, what astronauts are doing in space today, and what the future holds.

The mesmerizing 60-minute, multi-media presentation includes:

  • An entertaining, informational video that explains the basic principles of space flight in a fun and easy-to-understand manner.
  • A guided tour through the Prologue Room where the history of space exploration will take on new meaning.

The mesmerizing 60-minute, multi-media presentation includes:

Students will:
Learn how early space capsules looked and flew.
Find out how and why astronauts went to the moon.
Learn how rockets work.
Understand the difference between expendable and reusable vehicles.
Discover what the International Space Station is all about.

In addition, students will receive souvenir pictures of space vehicles with interesting facts on the back side.

Admission is free, and photographs are permitted. To promote interaction and ensure educational effectiveness, groups are limited to a maximum of 30 students. Reservations are required. Call 314-232-6896 to make arrangements to visit the Prologue Room.