Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum

Carnarvon's role in the race to land humans on the moon

Carnarvon may not be the most likely place you’d expect to encounter world-changing space technology but it once played a key role in the global race to land man on the moon. The Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum reveals the area’s role in the 1960s and 1970s Gemini and Apollo missions, showcasing fascinating equipment and stories from the days hundreds of space technicians lived and worked in Carnarvon in their ultimately successful bid to help land the first man on the moon. In its day, this was the biggest tracking station outside of the USA.


Mahony Ave
Carnarvon WA 6701

Opening Hours

Open 7 days; April to September 9am - 4pm; October to March 10am - 2pm

We have liftoff

This is a life-sized model of the Mercury Redstone launch vehicle that first thrust US astronauts into space in the early 1960s. It was used for six Mercury flights which culminated in the launch of...

Adoring fans

In 2012, the second man to walk on the moon - Buzz Aldrin - greeted adoring fans in Carnarvon to open the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. While there, this legendary space pioneer was invited...

Collecting data on astronaut wellbeing

Because spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral in the USA passed close to remote Carnarvon on their first orbits around the Earth, the area was the ideal location to collect data on the crew’s...

More Coral Coast collections

Capturing Carnarvon's past

You’ll find the Carnarvon Local Studies library within the Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery building. This treasure-trove of local historical information provides an insight into the region’s...

Several museums in one

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Tiny museum provides glimpse into pastoral and mining past

This tiny museum is housed in the old Upper Gascoyne Road Board building, constructed in 1912. It features a collection which provides a glimpse into the region’s colourful pastoral, mining and...

Treasure trove of historical records

The City of Greater Geraldton’s Local History Collection holds a treasure trove of material recording the region’s colourful past. From research documents and historical books to photos, oral history...

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