Museum Moonshine: Eclipse in the Garden

Sunday, September 27, 2015 8:00-10:00 pm

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Museum Moonshine is back and bigger than ever with an exclusive after-hours opportunity to explore the Museum, enjoy themed food and drink, and delight in a special viewing of a full lunar eclipse. Join the National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian Gardens for the second annual Museum Moonshine on Sunday, September 27. Museum Moonshine is an evening garden party that celebrates the treasures of Earth and space by highlighting craft food and drink inspired by earthly botanicals and space science.

This year's program is extra special as it occurs during a full lunar eclipse. View the eclipse through high-powered telescopes at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory and hear about both the science and mythology of the Moon—Earth's only natural satellite. Astronomy experts will explain each stage of the eclipse as it happens.

You can also gaze through a replica of the Porter Garden telescope, created in the 1920s not only as a telescope but as a work of art and sundial.

Programming also includes tours of the Museum's gardens and galleries, along with panel discussions on pollinators and model rocketry.

The night will also feature themed cuisine, including "Ground Control," a one-of-a-kind space beer. An imperial stout created by Ninkasi Brewing Company of Eugene, Oregon; the beer is made with brewer's yeast that went to space and back aboard a rocket! Ninkasi brewers and scientists will be on hand to discuss this mission and describe the other interesting ingredients and botanicals that enhance the beer's flavor.

Charm City Meadworks of Baltimore will help us celebrate Earth's bounty with an ancient form of alcohol called mead, made with botanicals from the Smithsonian's own gardens. And, Sona Creamery will join us again with a special assortment of cheeses.

*VIP tickets have sold out* Join us with a VIP ticket and come early for a tour of the plantings on the Museum's rooftop terrace garden, normally closed to the general public. While there, indulge in some special treats and receive your own personal-sized terrarium.

Tickets are limited—don't miss this exclusive after-hours program!

Each ticket includes beer and mead samples and a dessert and cheese reception.

All participants must be 21 or older. Valid ID required for entry. Please see Smithsonian Security and Policies for more information.

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Porter Garden Telescope
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