Moon sculpture hanging in Horizon Hall

Museum of the Moon

May 21 - June 9

The Bell Museum’s Year of Apollo celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing continues with a showcase Museum of the Moon, by UK artist Luke Jerram. Our installation also coincides with the anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 10 mission that orbited the Moon May 18-26, 1969, the “dress rehearsal” for the first Moon landing.

The seven meter spherical sculpture of Earth’s Moon is a fusion of NASA imagery, simulated moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter of the internally lit sphere represents five kilometers of the lunar surface. Museum of the Moon will be suspended from the ceiling in Horizon Hall and have only a few feet between it and the floor. The artwork will technically be on view day and night thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that flank the north and south ends of the museum’s large lobby.

The massive 21 meter wide, high resolution image used for the sculpture was created by the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The imagery was taken by a NASA satellite carrying the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera launched in 2010. Museum of the Moon has brought moonlit inspiration to over three million people in over 25 cities around the world.

Now, Minnesota’s mission to the Moon is go for launch!


JUST ADDED: By popular demand, we are adding one more evening on Friday, June 7 to experience the Museum of the Moon exhibit as the sun sets over Horizon Hall. Don’t miss this last chance to see the Moon in a whole new light—the exhibit closes for good on June 9! 

Special 'Moon' Events

Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. Bell Museum visitors will have a chance to share that inspiration and enjoy regular moon tours, family-friendly storytime readings, and a variety of lunar-inspired programs that celebrate cultural perspectives, nocturnal plant and animal behavior and more.

Illustration od moon phases above an open book.

Story Time Readings

Explore a collection of moon-related reading curated by the U of M Children’s Literature Collection & Saint Paul Public Libraries, including the books we will read at our special story times in front of Museum of the Moon. Tuesday-Friday, May 21-June 7, at 10:30am.

Moon Tours

Join a short guided tour of the lunar surface! Learn more about the Moon’s geography, geology, and important landmarks in history. Tuesday-Sunday, May 21-June 9, at 2pm & select evenings at After Hours events (see below).

After Hours – May 22, May 29 and June 5, 5-10pm

See the ‘Museum of the Moon’ as the sun sets, when it glows even brighter in the Bell’s Horizon Hall. Guests curate their evening from a host of activities, including sketching the moon, NASA spaceflight artifacts, a show in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, and a guided tour of Moon geography, geology, and historic landmarks. Special guests include:

May 22 – Night Moves Look into nocturnal plant and animal behaviors. A talk by University of Minnesota researchers Tom Gable and Joseph Bump from the Voyageurs Wolf Project will reveal what they’ve learned about the secret lives of wolves, including the first-ever video of a pack fishing at night in Voyageurs National Park.

May 29 – Moonlit Memories Bell Museum resident artist and poet Erin Sharkey will offer a reminder to look up as she leads an open writing workshop to reflect on experiences on Earth’s Moon and nature at night.

June 5 – Many Moons Čhaŋtémaza (Neil McKay), University of Minnesota Dakota Language Specialist, and Kaagegaabaw (James Vukelich), indigenous linguist, will lead a talk about indigenous perspectives of the Moon.

Moon Yoga – June 1, 8:30-9:30 am

Give “moon salutations” a whole new meaning with an inclusive yoga experience in view of the stunning ‘Museum of the Moon’ installation.

Super Moon Pajama Party – June 1, 6-9pm

A family-friendly late-over at the museum. Pajamas are welcome and tickets include the ‘Museum of the Moon,’ entry to all galleries, a planetarium show, make-and-take space dioramas, and a moon cookie.

‘One Giant Leap’ Planetarium Premiere – June 8

The Bell Museum’s latest original planetarium production, One Giant Leap premiers June 8 and runs all summer long. One Giant Leap puts audiences on the surface of the Moon with Neil Armstrong by transforming archival footage of the Moon landing into a 360 experience.

About Museum of the Moon

Artist Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.

Museum of the Moon was co-commissioned by a number of creative organizations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-Bristol, Kimmel Center, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Without Walls, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes and Cork Midsummer Festival. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

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