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Artist Luke Jerram’s awe-inspiring Museum of the Moon exhibit opens this Friday (17 May 2019) at the Natural History Museum.
And visitors can now enjoy the scale and spectacle of this remarkable installation for even longer, as the Museum announces the exhibit’s run has been extended to 1 January 2020.
Displayed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, visitors will have the chance to see the touring artwork in one of London’s most iconic buildings as it’s shown in the Museum’s Jerwood Gallery.
Museum of the Moon is part of a vibrant programme of events, performances and activities on offer to space enthusiasts of all ages - from yoga under the Moon and interactive theatre performances to a series of space-related talks from Museum scientists and a special after-hours Lates event.
Museum of the Moon, a six-metre spherical sculpture suspended from above, features high-resolution NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Allowing visitors the chance to see the far side of the Moon, the artwork will offer a new and exciting perspective of Earth’s celestial neighbour. The sculpture is accompanied by a surround-sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.
Artist Luke Jerram says: “I’m so excited to open the doors to Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum. The artwork has been displayed in locations across the globe, but I’m delighted to be bringing it to such an iconic London landmark. It’s a very special opportunity to celebrate both the science and the beauty of the natural world.”
Clare Matterson, Director of Engagement at the Natural History Museum, says: “We’re delighted to bring Museum of the Moon to the Jerwood Gallery and can’t wait for visitors to take their first look at this captivating artwork. The Moon is our closest celestial neighbour and has been used as a timekeeper, navigational tool and calendar and, today, continues to be a focus of scientific space research at the Museum. Now we all have the chance to get close to its intricate detail and immerse ourselves in its beauty and mystery.”
Museum of the Moon is open to all ages and free to visit.
Dates and times: Friday 17 May 2019 to 1 January 2020, 10.00-17.50 daily.
Location: Jerwood Gallery, Natural History Museum
Nearest tube: South Kensington
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About the Natural History Museum:
The Natural History Museum exists to inspire a love of the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet. It is a world-leading science research centre, and through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise it is tackling issues such as food security, eradicating diseases and managing resource scarcity. The Natural History Museum is the most visited natural history museum in Europe and the top science attraction in the UK; we welcome around five million visitors each year and our website receives over 850,000 unique visitors a month. People come from around the world to enjoy our galleries and events and engage both in-person and online with our science and educational activities through innovative programmes and citizen science projects.
About Luke Jerram:
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. With many of his artworks in permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London, he also tours his art installations to art festivals and museums worldwide. In 2018 alone, he had 73 exhibitions in 21 different countries. www.lukejerram.com/