Moon Magic

Reflecting on "Museum of the Moon"

Published06/14/2019 , by Andria Waclawski

On June 7, 2019, the museum hosted a bonus evening viewing of Luke Jerram’s exquisite work, Museum of the Moon. Nearly 1400 people came to experience a night of art, music, and science just days before the exhibit closed at the Bell and continued its worldwide tour. Our UMN student guides shared activities about nocturnal plants and animals here on Earth. Our astronomy crew teamed up with volunteers from the Minnesota Astronomical Society on the Learning Landscape to share their telescopes with visitors along with views of our Sun, Moon, and even some of the moons of Jupiter. Those who were able donated nearly $1800 in under two hours, which directly supports the museum’s mission to ignite curiosity and wonder in the greater community. If you would like to join them in advancing these efforts, please visit bellmuseum.umn.edu/give.

DJ Ali Elabbady (AKA Egypto Knuckles) crafted a sonic journey to the Moon and beyond, spinning family-friendly space jams throughout the evening. A highlight from the playlist was a dedication of Under the Cherry Moon in honor of Prince’s birthday, which fell on the same night. Check out the full playlist on Spotify, Apple Music or TIDAL.

A special thanks to photographer Chris McDuffie for capturing moments from the evening seen above and to Blue Moo Ice Cream Truck for supplying delicious treats on a perfect summer night. Blue Moo was started by a Brooklyn Park teenager and entrepreneur, who donates a portion of his sales to area nonprofits (this year’s proceeds are going to a children’s respite and hospice home).