Space Center Houston first on rare tour of historic Apollo 11
Space Center Houston is the first of four stops for a brand-new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module. This exhibit is the first time the Apollo 11 spacecraft has left the Smithsonian since 1971 following a national tour.
In the once-in-a-lifetime exhibit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, explore more than 20 one-of-a-kind Apollo 11 mission artifacts, some of which flew on the historic Apollo 11 mission.
Space Center Houston also will be the only location where visitors can see the space capsules for both the first and last lunar landings. The nonprofit Space Center Houston is home to the Apollo 17 command module, the last mission to land on the moon, and Houston is where the Apollo astronauts lived and trained for their missions.
Parts of the experience
Through original Apollo 11 flown artifacts, models, videos and interactives, learn about the historic journey of the Apollo 11 crew — Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.
The awe-inspiring exhibit is on display through March 18 at Space Center Houston, and is part of the nonprofit’s 25th anniversary year celebration. The center is the first Smithsonian Affiliate in greater Houston.
The Destination Moon exhibition is a partnership of the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibit will commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2019 of the extraordinary achievement of man’s first step on the moon.
The traveling exhibit previews the permanent exhibit Destination Moon that will take a place of honor in 2020 in a new gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. It will tell the story of human exploration of the moon, from ancient dreams to the Apollo program to the missions happening right now.
Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibit is made possible by the support of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, Joe Clark, Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation, the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, John and Susann Norton, and Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson. Transportation services for Destination Moon are provided by FedEx.
Click here to learn more about the Apollo 17 Command Module currently on display at Space Center Houston.