Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary at Cincinnati Museum Center

CINCINNATI – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the Moon at Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) July 20. CMC’s celebration includes hourly screenings of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition in the OMNIMAX® Theater, programming throughout the building and the opportunity to see a moon rock and other artifacts from the historic mission.

CMC’s Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery, presented by the Harold C. Schott Foundation, features incredible artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission. Armstrong’s “Snoopy cap” – the communications cap he wore under his helmet on the mission – and the flight jacket he wore under his suit are displayed alongside a detailed replica of the suit he wore when he first stepped on the Moon. One of the Moon rocks collected during the mission is also on display in the gallery, a gift from NASA that Armstrong gave to CMC in 2006. An immersive 360-degree theater anchored by a projection globe allows guests to relive moments from the lunar landing and interactive stations give you the opportunity to call the shots from Mission Control and test your space knowledge.

In the Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery budding astronauts can also make their own space helmets, explore what it’s like to live in space, learn more about moon rocks and craters and test whether they have the right stuff with the Mars Rover Challenge. Visit cincymuseum.org/space-theme-day for a full schedule of activities.