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50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Mission


Armstrong Event

50th Anniversary Celebration:  Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon

July 12—July 21, 2019

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Friday, July 12 -- Sunday, July 21 - Airstream Trailer Oral Histories

10AM - 5PM

More information to come!


Saturday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 16 - Escape the Moon

5PM - Midnight

Brought to you by Escape Wapak, ESCAPE THE MOON is a fully immersive Escape Adventure played throughout the Armstrong Air and Space Museum! We will be transforming the AAS Museum into humanity’s first Lunar Station. 

50 years ago, mankind made its first giant leap as Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface and Neil Armstrong took one small step towards humanity’s destiny in the cosmos. Just as the moon was our ambition then, we now have our sights set on putting a man on the surface of Mars. 

You and your team of scientists are the first crew to arrive at the brand new Lunar Station . . . but as chaos ensues, your group has only 60 minutes to ESCAPE THE MOON!

For more information and to purchase tickets visit


Sunday, July 14 - Statue Unveiling and STEM Inspiration Center Ribbon Cutting


Come to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to witness the unveiling of TWO new statues of Neil Armstrong created by sculptor Chaz Fagan. Afterwards there will be a ribbon cutting for the new Neil Armstrong STEM Inspiration Center created within the new expansion.

This event is free and open to the public. Chaz Fagan as well as Neil Armstrong's son Mark and his wife Wendy will be in attendance. 50th Anniversary Parade is to follow at 3:00 p.m. starting at the fairgrounds and ending at Wapakoneta's historic downtown.


Sunday, July 14 - Community Picnic & Sounds of Summer Beach Boys Tribute Band

5 - 10PM

Following the 3:00 PM 50th Anniversary Parade, come to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to continue the party! More information to come. 


Tuesday, July 16 – Launch Day!

9:32AM - 5PM

Mark the 50th anniversary of the Saturn V launch of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon at the Armstrong Air & Space museum with model rocket workshops and launches—a big day of fun and learning!


Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21—Summer Moon Festival

10AM - 5PM Everyday 

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing, July 19-21 at the Armstrong Air Space Museum and throughout Wapakoneta, hometown of the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong. Enjoy presentations from astronauts, special exhibits from NASA, aviation inflatables, free activities, science demonstrations, face painting, mini golf, demos of the Museum’s Lunar Rover, your favorite Star Wars characters, live entertainment, animals from an area zoo, and so much more!

NASA astronauts (all from Ohio!) scheduled to appear throughout the weekend will include:

  • Donald Thomas
  • Gregory H. Johnson
  • Robert Springer
  • Michael Good
  • Sunita Williams

Saturday, July 20 ONLY: 

Run to the Moon 1k & 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run! Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. Click here for more information!

Annual Astronaut Dinner Gala - Come enjoy a banquet style dinner with our astronauts in attendance inside the Armstrong Air & Space Museum throughout the galleries and event spaces. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. Click here to begin the process of purchasing tickets.

Sunday, July 21 ONLY: 

Wink at the Moon concert with the Lima Area Concert Band - Bring the 10 days of celebration to a close by joining the community at our “Wink at the Moon” closing event beginning at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy the music of the Lima Area Concert Band, plus a few special 50th Anniversary surprises. When the concert ends, join us, as suggested by Mrs. Armstrong at her husband’s passing in 2012, in giving Mr. Armstrong a little wink at the moon.

Check back later for more times and schedules!


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