Why go to the Moon? How did we do it? What will happen next?
Join the Smithsonian Institution as we answer these questions and more. 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. Destination Moon, a permanent gallery at the Museum in Washington, DC, will follow in 2022, with a comprehensive look at the history of lunar exploration.
The Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission traveling exhibition will bring the iconic Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia to four cities—its first national tour since 1970/71. The exhibition will also include one-of-a-kind artifacts from this historic mission. Organized in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission tour will launch in 2017 and will travel through 2019. Eyes will be on the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, which is slated to host the exhibition during the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in 2019. The Museum in Washington, DC, plans to mark the historic occasion by displaying Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit—made possible through our Kickstarter campaign Reboot the Suit.
The tour and the display of Armstrong’s spacesuit help to set the stage for the unveiling of a completely reimagined permanent gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Destination Moon, scheduled to open in 2022, will present the exhilarating story of one of the greatest adventures in human history, the exploration of the Moon. It begins with ancient dreams of lunar flight, takes the visitor through the Moon race of the 1960s and 1970s, and ends with what is happening now.
Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is made possible by the support of
Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation
Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences
John and Susann Norton
Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson
Transportation services for Destination Moon are provided by FedEx.
Tour Dates & Locations
Space Center Houston | Oct. 14, 2017–March 18, 2018
Saint Louis Science Center | April 14–Sept. 3, 2018
Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh | Sept. 29, 2018–Feb. 17, 2019
The Museum of Flight, Seattle | April 13–Sept. 2, 2019
Cincinnati Museum Center | Sept. 28, 2019–Feb. 17, 2020
Destination Moon reminds us how far we've come and challenges tomorrow's pioneers to dream bigger. Support exhibits like Destination Moon and help preserve the spirit of adventure.