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Explore Our Largest Temporary Exhibition In Spring 2024

Jan 24, 2024 - 4:00pm
Apollo: When We Went to the Moon | Opens March 26, 2024

The temporary exhibition Apollo: When We Went to the Moon, which opens to the public on Tuesday, March 26, highlights the remarkable history of humanity's voyage beyond our home planet and the extraordinary individuals that made it happen. Discover how the space race inspired generations of Americans to reach for the stars.

Spanning 9,000 square feet in the Museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion, the permanent home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, this groundbreaking exhibition is set to be the largest temporary exhibition ever hosted at the Intrepid Museum. Apollo: When We Went to the Moon is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's education and curatorial staff and Flying Fish, a world-renowned traveling exhibition company. With insight into the intense days of the space race and the collaborative culture of the International Space Station program, the exhibition offers visitors an unparalleled educational experience through engaging displays, interactives and artifacts.

“We are honored and excited to present Apollo: When We Went to the Moon, the largest temporary exhibition in our Museum's history,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid Museum. “This exhibition highlights our commitment to bringing impactful and awe-inspiring experiences to our visitors, further solidifying the Intrepid Museum's reputation as a premier destination for exploration and discovery. It also underscores the Intrepid’s historic heritage with the space program, having served as a primary recovery vessel for the Mercury-Atlas 7 and Gemini 3 space missions, retrieving astronauts and their capsules after ocean landings.” 


Featuring a number of interactive experiences, Museum guests are invited to climb aboard a lunar rover model, leave footprints on the Moon via a virtual moonwalk, see Apollo artifacts and more.

“As a child, the awe-inspiring marvel of humans landing on the Moon fueled my dream of becoming an astronaut. Now, witnessing the unveiling of the groundbreaking exhibition Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at the Intrepid Museum, I'm excited to see this transformative moment for me, on display for all,” said Mike Massimino, former NASA astronaut and Intrepid Museum space senior advisor. “This enthralling experience showcases the Museum's commitment to inspire curiosity and captivate the public through the history and potential of space exploration.” 

 

“Apollo: When We Went to the Moon explores how the technological achievement of Apollo 11 transformed our understanding of humanity’s potential on Earth and in space,” says Dr. Kay Taylor, vice president of education at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, where the exhibition was developed. “At heart, this exhibition reflects how the scientific discovery of space exploration is a unifying drive that brings nations together and moves humankind forward.”

 

“We’re extremely excited for visitors to experience Apollo: When We Went to the Moon. Our second project with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, this state-of-the-art exhibition was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to work on. Together, we’ve accessed the depths of the Rocket Center’s archives and collections to create a spectacular exhibition,” says Jay Brown, principal & managing director of Flying Fish, the exhibition’s co-producer.”

 

“We’re extremely excited for visitors to experience Apollo: When We Went to the Moon. Our second project with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, this state-of-the-art exhibition was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to work on. Together, we’ve accessed the depths of the Rocket Center’s archives and collections to create a spectacular exhibition,” says Jay Brown, principal & managing director of Flying Fish, the exhibition’s co-producer.”

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at the Intrepid Museum has been made possible thanks to generous support from Greg Olsen. The exhibition is free with Museum admission and runs through September 2. For more information, visit Apollo: When We Went to the Moon.

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A man and woman read an exhibit panel on Intrepid's flight deck while their child points at the propeller of an aircraft.
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