Cincinnati Museum Center Announces Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery Expansion

The final frontier is coming to Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC). CMC is expanding The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery, presented by the Harold C. Schott Foundation, adding three new content areas that will double the size of the gallery. The expansion will open to the public August 27.

The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery opened in May 2019 with a focus on national hero and Cincinnatian Neil Armstrong and the historic Apollo 11 mission. The gallery is anchored by the Galaxy Theater, presented by Great American Insurance Group, a 360° immersive theater featuring an illuminated globe and wall and floor screens that captivates guests with the story of Armstrong’s life. The film chronicles Armstrong’s upbringing in small town Wapakoneta, service with the U.S. Navy and “small step” as commander of the Apollo 11 mission – culminating in the exhilarating story of the Apollo 11 mission itself using historic footage and audio. The gallery features a rare Moon rock collected during the Apollo 11 mission, the communications cap and flight jacket Armstrong wore on the mission and a replica of his iconic spacesuit. It also tells the stories of some of the 400,000 people who made the giant leap possible. The second phase of The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery builds on Apollo 11’s legacy and looks to the future, inspiring the next 400,000 people to achieve humanity’s next giant leap.

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