Apollo Anniversary & Cosmic 5K

Join us for a fun-filled daylong celebration of the Apollo Moon landing's 50th Anniversary

From 10 am–5 pm on Saturday, July 20, the Bell hosts a fun-filled daylong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, both commemorating the past and looking forward to a promising new era of inspiration, innovation, and discovery. With events inside and out, enjoy an array of Moon-related activities.

5K & Kids Fun Run

A group of kids run on the field outside the Bell Museum in the summertime

The Cosmic 5K kicks off at 8 am, followed by the Space Dash kids fun run at 9:15 am. The 5K starts at the Bell Museum and runs through the St. Paul campus—keep your eye out for the Collections and other CFANS classic buildings that help make the Bell great. After the race concludes, enter your little ones in the Space Dash, a fun run around the field adjacent to the Bell Museum. Kids fun run age limited to 12 years and younger.

Lunar Sample Disk

An Apollo astronaut takes a lunar sample

Hold tiny Moon racks in your hands! On loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the six-inch disk contains three samples each of lunar rock and lunar soil encapsulated in clear Lucite. The samples come from six different missions between 1969 and 1972 and include a wide variety of rock and soil types. You can see bits of ancient lava flows, soil from sites across the Moon, and volcanic ash from a lunar eruption 3.5 billion years ago.

One Giant Leap

Apollo 11 prelaunch

The Bell Museum’s new original planetarium production premiers June 8 and runs all summer long, putting audiences on the surface of the Moon with Neil Armstrong by transforming archival recordings of the Moon landing into a 360 experience.

NASA artifacts

A girl looks at NASA artifacts, including a "Snoopy cap" or Communication Carrier Assembly Hood

Get a close look at NASA artifacts like the Teflon-coated pants Commander James A. McDivitt wore aboard the Apollo 9 Command Module in 1969; a handheld wireless radio that has been to outer space and back; and a pieces of spacesuits including a glove, shoe insert, and “Snoopy cap” (official name: Communication Carrier Assembly Hood).

Race details

Run, walk, or roll to support the Bell Museum on a paved 5K course that winds through the University of Minnesota’s beautiful St. Paul campus. The littlest racers are welcome to join you along the way in strollers. After the race, kids ages 4–12 can enter the Space Dash fun run around the field adjacent to the museum, where we will also have photos, water rocket launching, and other free activities.

Participants receive free general admission to the museum on race day with their race bibs!

Cosmic 5K

8 am start

$30 Early bird special on sale now!
$40 General registration starting June 15
$50 Day of registration

Kids Space Dash

9:15 am start, ages 4–12

$15 Early Bird special on sale now!
$20 General registration starting June 28
$25 Day of registration


Registration Includes

✨ Commemorative Moon finishers medal

✨ Space race t-shirt

✨ Free same-day admission to the Bell Museum

🌠 Member Exclusive! Bell Museum members also get a space mammoth headband!

Include your member number with your race registration.

Questions? Contact bellinfo@umn.edu.

Special thank you to our race day sponsors:

McGough logo       Spire Credit Union logo      Anderson Race Management logo