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- Events Celebrating Apollo's 50th Anniversary -

This chronological listing is provided solely as a service to readers who may be interested in learning more about NASA’s history. While NASA may be providing exhibits or speakers at these events, they are not NASA events. Attendance may require paying entrance fees or purchasing tickets. NASA does not endorse the event or its sponsors. Information provided by the sponsors was accurate at the time of publication, but may have been updated.


NASA Television Special Programming

Friday, July 19, 1 p.m. ET – NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future – Celebrating Apollo 50th as we Go Forward to the Moon
On July 19, NASA broadcast live from accross America to tell the story of how we got to the Moon, and how we’ll get there again, hearing directly from Apollo astronauts alongside current and future astronauts, scientists, engineers, and others sharing some untold stories, quirky facts, and personal reflections about journeying to the lunar surface. Watch "NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future”.


Open now; permanent exhibit, Be the Astronaut / Apollo 50th, National Automobile Museum, 10 South Lake St., Reno, NV
Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

An interactive virtual experience in the history of lunar exploration as well as future Moon missions.

Contact: info@automuseum.org; 775-333-9300
Additional information: http://www.nevadachallenger.org/exhibit.html

Entrance fee.


Open now; permanent exhibit, Be the Astronaut / Apollo 50th, Virginia Air and Space Center Official Visitor Center for NASA Langley, Hampton, VA
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. EST

Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo with STEM content in an interactive virtual experience in the history of lunar exploration as well as future Moon missions.

Contact: 757-727-0900
Additional information: https://www.eurekaexhibits.com/our-exhibits/apollo-50th-anniversary/

Entrance fee.


Now through Sept. 1, 2019, Be the Astronaut / Apollo 50th, Rocky Mount Children’s Museum & Science Center, 270 Gay St., Rocky Mount, NC
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo with STEM content in an interactive virtual experience in the history of lunar exploration as well as future Moon missions.

Contact: info@imperialcentre.org; 252-972-1266
Additional information: https://imperialcentre.org/science-center/exhibits/

Entrance fee.


Through Sept. 2, 2019, Be the Astronaut / Apollo 50th, DaVinci Science Center, 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, PA
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo with STEM content in an interactive virtual experience in the history of lunar exploration as well as future Moon missions.

Contact: ask@davincisciencecenter.org ; 484-664-1002
Additional information: https://www.davincisciencecenter.org/visitor-info/

Entrance fee.


Ongoing through December 2019, Moon Landing in Context. A collaboration of the McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning with Framingham State University and the Smithsonian Institution, McCarthy Center Forum, 100 State Street, Framingham, MA.

Panel discussions, lectures, exhibit, and student projects that explore the history and social environment that were inevitably intertwined with the events that led to the Moon landing or were affected by it.


April 5 – January 5, 2020, One Giant Leap: North Carolina and the Space Race exhibit, North Carolina Museum of History Raleigh, NC.

Several events

Some with Fees


April 13 – September 2, 2019, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way, Seattle, WA 98108.

A new exhibit featuring the command module, Columbia, and other rare Smithsonian artifacts from Apollo 11.
Lunar landing celebration festival July 19-21.

Must purchase General Admission Ticket


Opened May 1 - September 3, 2019, Media, the Moon, & Beyond, Intrepid Museum, Pier 86, W 46th St. and 12th Ave., New York
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-– Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Installation featuring archival news media from the Apollo era and an vintage televisions in an ascending tower.

Contact: 877-957-SHIP; 212-245-0072
Additional information: https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Plan-Your-Visit

Entrance fee


May 25-Sept. 8, 2019, Be the Astronaut / Apollo 50th, Mayborn Museum at Baylor University, 1300 S University Parks Dr., Waco, TX
Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo with STEM content in an interactive virtual experience in the history of lunar exploration as well as future Moon missions.

Contact: 254-710-1110
Additional information: https://www.baylor.edu/mayborn/index.php?id=931369

Entrance fee


Ongoing – Sept 2, 2019, Destination Moon Traveling Exhibition, The Museum of Flight - 9404 E. Marginal Way, Seattle, WA 98108
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission will commemorate the first lunar landing in 1969, and the pioneering flights that came before, in a new, state-of-the-art traveling exhibition.

Contact: info@museumofflight.org
Additional information: The first Thursday of each month, the Museum is open from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM with free admission.

Entrance fee


Ongoing through December 2019, Lunar Legacy Events, Flagstaff Visitor Center – One E. Route 66 Flagship, AZ 86001
6 – 7:30 PM PT

Tours at Lowell Observatory, United States Geological Survey, and cinder field training sites; monthly Lunar Lecture Series featuring presentations highlighting various aspects of the science and cultural impact of the Moon; enjoy specially crafted lunar-themed menu options at participating restaurants; exhibits about astronaut training and lunar mapping; demonstrations of student-created robotic rovers; lunar-themed art exhibits

Contact: VisitorCenter@flagstaffaz.gov and 800-379-0065

Free.


Ongoing through December 1, 2019, Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration Moon Landing Reenactments, US Space and Rocket Center - One Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805-3399
2 PM CT

Experience a live reenactment of the lunar landing daily in the Davidson Center.

Contact: 1-800-637-7223
Additional information: https://rocketcenter.com/admission

Entrance Fee


Ongoing through December 31, 2019, Apollo: When We Went to the Moon, US Space and Rocket Center - One Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805-3399
9 AM – 5 PM CT

The world-premiere exhibition chronicles the timeline from the beginning of the Space Race – a time when the U.S. and Soviet Union competed over their accomplishments in space exploration – to the collaborative culture of the International Space Station program and beyond.

Contact: 1-800-637-7223
Additional information: https://rocketcenter.com/admission

Entrance Fee


Ongoing through September 3, 2019, Apollo 11: Media, the Moon and Beyond, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Pier 86) - W 46th St and 12th Ave New York, NY 10036-4103
3:30 PM ET

Apollo Tour Guide Talk, Daily, 3:30pm. Learn about the technologies and the men and women who enabled Apollo 11— the mission that took us to the moon!

Contact: 877-957-SHIP (7447) or 212-245-007
Additional Information: This 20-minute presentation is free with Museum admission.

Entrance Fee


Ongoing through October 5, 2019, Hack the Moon LIVE Exhibit, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., 555 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
8 AM – 4 PM ET (Monday – Friday), 11 AM – 11 PM ET (Saturday), and 11 AM – 5 PM ET (Sunday)

Explore the unsung stories of the engineers who guided the Apollo astronauts to the moon and back safely in an interactive multimedia exhibit featuring exclusive interviews, photos and artifacts. And starting July 20 test your piloting skills in the Lunar Lander Simulator.

Contact: 617-258-1000
Additional Information: No

Free


Ongoing through December 31, 2019, Share Your Apollo Story with NASA, N/A
N/A

Commemorative audio series includes opportunity for public to submit stories.

Contact: Micheala Sosby (micheala.m.sosby@nasa.gov) and Courtney Lee (Courtney.a.lee@nasa.gov)
Additional Information: No

Entrance Fee: N/A


Ongoing through January 12, 2020, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind Exhibit, Richard Nixon Library - 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
10 AM – 5 PM PT (Monday – Saturday) and 11 AM – 5 PM (Sunday)

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has opened an all-new interactive special exhibit, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind.

Contact: 714-983-9120
Additional Information: No

Entrance Fee


July 1-Oct. 5, 2019, Hack the Moon LIVE Exhibit and Museum of the Moon, Draper, 555 Technology Square, Cambridge, Mass. 02139
noon-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; weekend hours beginning July 21: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Labor Day weekend

Learn about unsung heroes behind the Moon landing through Apollo artifacts and interactive installations, a traveling Moon exhibit and more. Exclusive lunar landing simulation, 100 Seconds, opens July 21. Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 20.

Contact: 617-258-1000
Additional information: https://www.draper.com/contact-us/visitor-information

Entrance Fee: No.


July 3-September 22, 2019, Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography at The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028, (212) 535-7710.

Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography will survey visual representations of the moon from the dawn of photography through the present. In addition to photographs, the show will feature a selection of related drawings, prints, paintings, films, astronomical instruments, and space-flown cameras.

Requires museum admission.


October 14-18, 2019, “Celebrating Apollo – Inspiring the Future” at Association of Space Explorers 32nd Planetary Congress, Houston, TX. Various Times

Flown astronaut/cosmonaut delegates from all over the world will gather in Houston for the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) XXXII Planetary Congress to honor the vast accomplishments we’ve made in space over the last five decades, to share with the public the past and present experiences in space, and to shine a light on what’s to come. All technical sessions at Space Center Houston are open to the public (no registration is required, space is limited on a first come, first served basis) and will be livestreamed at ase2019.org.

Contact: Brett Griffin, ase2019media@griffincg.com, 281-335-0200
Additional information: For more information on the technical sessions or agenda please visit, https://ase2019.org/xxxii-program-agenda

Free.