The entrance has hand prints of astronauts who have visited the centre and the tall tower housing the rockets looms over the main access point. The building and contents are all showing a bit of wear and it doesn't look like it has been updated since it opened in 2001.
The exhibits are amazing and just to get a feeling of scale is awe inspiring. From the cramped conditions of the Soyuz to the mock up of the Columbus unit on the ISS a true measure of progress can be seen.
And my favourite, the last piece of moon bought back to Earth.
It is a fine museum with fascinating displays and hands on exhibits. Aimed at the 8yr old upwards it is a place of wonder for any child with an interest in Space - it just needs sprucing up a little!
We saw a "We are all Aliens" show at the Patrick Moore Planetarium which was breathtaking and almost worth the entrance fee alone. Almost.