For centuries, humans have dreamed of flying to the Moon. In 1959, our machines actually began to go there. A decade later, humans walked on its surface. 

The Destination Moon exhibition features iconic objects from the Museum's unrivaled collection of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo artifacts, including Alan Shepard's Mercury spacesuit and spacecraft, a Saturn V F-1 engine, and Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit and command module Columbia. The gallery shows how an extraordinary combination of motivations, resources, and technologies made it possible for humans to walk on the Moon—and how and why we are going back today.

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Related Topics: Spaceflight Apollo program Gemini program Human spaceflight Mercury program Moon (Earth) Records and Firsts Missiles Robotics Rockets Take a Look Inside the Gallery

The entrance to the gallery.

There are many iconic objects on display in Destination Moon, including command module Columbia and Neil Armstrong's Apollo spacesuit. 

Preview the exhibit with a teaser video... ...or take a step inside! Take a virtual tour of the exhibit Apollo 11: The Moon Landing The Apollo Missions
Dive Deeper into Destination Moon
Apollo Astronaut Life September 08, 2021 Tools and Technology from the Apollo Program September 21, 2021 Apollo 11 Launch Vehicle and Spacecraft August 19, 2021
Lunar Rocks August 30, 2021 A Lunar Landscape July 23, 2021 Apollo 13 August 17, 2021 A Soviet Moonshot: Interpreting the Diaries of Vasily Mishin November 05, 2021 How Do You Get to the Moon? November 05, 2021 What Really is Astronaut Food? November 08, 2021 Building a Moon Rocket November 05, 2021 Science in Orbit During Apollo November 11, 2021 Ten Scientific Discoveries from the Apollo Missions November 12, 2021 Why Did We Stop Going to the Moon? November 09, 2021 Picturing Earth, Inspiring Artists, and Shifting Perspectives February 08, 2022 Learn About Some of the People Featured in Destination Moon Meet Neil Armstrong Meet Buzz Aldrin Meet Michael Collins Meet Margaret Hamilton Meet Eugene Kranz Meet Poppy Northcutt Meet Rita Rapp Meet George Carruthers

The Museum gratefully acknowledges those who have generously supported this gallery.

Jeff Bezos

Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin Program Joe Clark

Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences

Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III Fund
(at the St. Louis Community Foundation)
and the JSM Charitable Trust

Bonnie and Wick Moorman

Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons

Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson

John and Susann Norton

Neil Webber

Barry D. Friedman

Leora and Derek Kaufman

FedEx Corporation

Milann H. Siegfried

Joan and Donald Beall

Hon. Linda Hall Daschle and Hon. Tom Daschle

Jamie and Kasey McJunkin


Bob O'Rear & Family

Robert Procop

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