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Museum of the Moon @ The Bell

By May 16, 2019May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog


Museum of the Moon

May 21 – June 9

The Bell Museum’s Year of Apollo celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing continues with a showcase Museum of the Moon, by UK artist Luke Jerram. Our installation also coincides with the anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 10 mission that orbited the Moon May 18-26, 1969, the “dress rehearsal” for the first Moon landing.

The seven meter spherical sculpture of Earth’s Moon is a fusion of NASA imagery, simulated moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter of the internally lit sphere represents five kilometers of the lunar surface. Museum of the Moon will be suspended from the ceiling in Horizon Hall and have only a few feet between it and the floor. The artwork will technically be on view day and night thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that flank the north and south ends of the museum’s large lobby.

Image of the installation of the Museum of the Moon. A huge glowing full moon fills the frame.

Reading the Moon

A family-friendly reading list with titles selected by Lisa Von Drasek, Curator,

Children’s Literature Research Collections

Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: A Native American Year of Moons by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London, illustrated by Thomas Locker Random House Penguin, 1992



Kitten’s First Full Moon
Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books, 2004
Ages 3 and up



Written and illustrated by Adam Rex
Disney-Hyperion Books, 2013
Ages 5 and up



Max and the Tag-Along Moon written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper Philomel Books, 2013



The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You into Space and Back Again
Written by Allan Wolf illustrated by Anna Raff
Candlewick 2019


Owl Moon Written by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by John Shoenherr Philomel Books, 1987

The complete list here

Join Lisa Von Drasek @ The Bell

for the

Super Moon Pajama Party @ the Bell

Super Moon Pajama Party At


Bell Museum

2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113


Saturday | June 01, 2019 , 6:00 pm9:00 pm

 Check out the Museum of the Moon sculpture, visit all our galleries, and take a bite out of the Moon with a specially decorated cookie.

A Moon-themed version of our Minnesota Night Sky show will play in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, and an Astronaut Challenge in Solution Studio will test your engineering skills.

A Moon-inspired story time is a good chance for some downtime; bring a blanket and relax while Librarian Lisa reads a story at 7 and 8 pm.

Ticket are $20, and $15 youth ages 3–18 ($15/$10 for Bell members) and include the Museum of the Moon, entry to all galleries, a planetarium show, make-and-take space diorama activity, and a moon cookie. Tickets available April 16 here!

* No overnight, just hanging out and having fun until 9 pm!


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