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To the Moon and Back

To the Moon and Back


Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

What better way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing than to see the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, the only portion of the historic spacecraft to survive the lunar journey. Beginning September 28, Cincinnati Museum Center will be the fifth and final stop of a national tour of the Apollo 11 command module as well as more than 20 original Apollo 11-flown objects, models and videos. Be sure to also visit Cincinnati Museum Center’s permanent exhibition, the Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery which celebrates the legacy of the Apollo 11 mission featuring artifacts, a 360-degree immersive theater experience and more.

National Aviation Heritage Area

Ride in a replica of the Wright B Flyer - America's first factory-built airplane or meet the legends that shaped aviation and space travel at the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Reach new heights at National Aviation Heritage Area, an entire corner of South West Ohio that celebrates Ohio's influence and legacy in flight.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Head to the National Museum of the United States Air Force - the oldest military aviation museum featuring more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles. Be sure to check out the Space Gallery, where you can walk through a full-size representation of a NASA space shuttle payload bay with views of a Teal Ruby satellite and a look into the flight deck!

Armstrong Air and Space Museum

Next up: the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapokeneta. This museum is rich in aeronautical history and showcases Ohio's contribution to space exploration. See a moon rock, two full-sized aircraft flown by Ohio-native, Neil Armstrong, authentic space suits and more. Kids will love walking through the infinity room which gives an idea into what being in space might actually look like.

Ohio History Center

Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon at the Ohio History Center on July 20! At this family-friendly event, kids can take part in science-themed activities with Ohio History Connection curators and staff from COSI, explore the museum and learn about Ohio’s role in national space history. Hear from Ohio astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan on July 20 as she shares stories about her time with NASA and talks about what it was like to be the first American woman to walk in space.


Blast off to COSI in Columbus! See Apollo 11, a giant screen film constructed from documentary footage from 1969. COSI’s intrepid rocketeers will also launch rockets in Dorrian Green Park outside COSI in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing on July 20.

John & Annie Glenn Home & Museum

Tour John Glenn's childhood home, where you'll find yourself immersed in what life was like during the Great Depression and on the home front in WWII. Discover the stories of John and Annie Glenn through a series of engaging tours, unique collections, treasures and memorabilia from John Glenn's illustrious military, political, and space careers.

Great Lakes Science Center

Your adventure continues at Cleveland's Great Lakes Science Center, home to the amazing NASA Glenn Visitor Center - one of only eleven in the country. Discover how astronauts eat, sleep and learn in their 'Living in Space' exhibit, step inside the actual 1973 Skylab 3 Lunar Command Module and plan your own space mission in Discover Gallery. Snap a photo of you or your little ones trying the spacesuit on for size!

Observatory Park

Ever wonder what's "out there?" Get a glimpse of the stars at Observatory Park, where you can step inside the Nassau Astronomical Station, home to a 36" Warner & Swasey telescope. One of only forty-five certified "Dark Sky Parks" in the United States, Observatory Park is sure to bring out-of-this-world sights accompanied by unforgettable memories.