Over half a century ago, on July 20, 1969, humans walked on the Moon for the first time — and returned to walk on the lunar surface five more times. We look back at the legacy of our first small steps on the Moon and look forward to the next giant leap.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum continues a national celebration of the Apollo missions. With our renowned collection and expertise, we hope to spark a national conversation about the past, present, and future of innovation and exploration.

Relive the Show
Go For the Moon

"Apollo 50: Go for the Moon," recreated the launch of Apollo 11 and told the story of the first Moon landing through full-motion projection mapping artwork on the Washington Monument. Over a half-million people joined us July 16 to 20, 2019, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on the National Mall.

three white Apollo spacesuits
Explore How the Museum Celebrated
50 Years of Apollo

In 2019, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum helped lead a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 the first Moon landing, which occurred on July 20,1969. Take a look back at how we celebrated this monumental anniversary.

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