Cincinnati Museum Center is adding exhibits to the Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery.
This fall, Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is expanding The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery, presented by the Harold C. Schott Foundation, adding three new content areas that will effectively double the size of the gallery. The expansion will open to the public August 27.
The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery first opened in May 2019 with a focus on national hero and Cincinnatian Neil Armstrong and the historic Apollo 11 mission. The gallery boasts a 360° immersive theater featuring an illuminated globe and wall and floor screens that captivates guests with the story of Armstrong’s life and famous Apollo 11 mission, using historic video and audio footage. 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.
Like most CMC exhibits, The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery is meant to put visitors there, through an interactive, multimedia experience. CMC is modifying elements of the Explore section to make them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, but new interactives include areas where guests can use coding to drive Mars rovers, direct compressed air to create craters (and rewatch the impact in slow motion) and simulate team-based astronaut training. Guests can even design their own mission to the International Space Station, Mars or the Moon by choosing the type of rocket, payload and team that will meet mission goals.