Mark your calendars and join us Thursday, July 16th to Monday, July 20th, as we commemorate the 51st anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Along with an array of exciting events taking place in downtown Wapakoneta, the Armstrong Air & Space Museum will also be hosting its own activities for this year's Summer Moon Festival. Each day, the museum will have numerous programs and experiences for guests to enjoy. While the museum is currently closed on Fridays and Mondays, the museum has temporarily added these special days of operation to further accommodate those in the public who wish to celebrate the anniversary at the museum. Operations will still be running in two-hour block sessions that begin at 9:30, 12:30, and 3:30 with the exception of Saturday, July 18th which will have two-hour sessions that begin at 12:30, 3:30, and 6:30. On Saturday morning from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the museum's grounds will be utilized by the "Run to the Moon" 1k, 5k, and 10k race.
"This anniversary represents an important part of our history," says Armstrong Executive Director Dante Centuori. "It does, however, fall within very unprecedented times. The museum is ensuring that our contributions and activities within the festival are in full compliance with state guidelines and directives. We are offering the best possible experience for what circumstance has given us." These experiences include:
- Periodic rocket launches on Thursday, July 16th and Saturday July 18th.
- One-hour rocket workshop classes for children of all ages on Thursday, July 16th and Saturday, July 18th (RSVP is required for participation, email firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiry).
-Periodic replica Lunar Rover driving demonstrations on Friday, July 17th and Sunday, July 19th.
-Numerous showings of the documentary Apollo 11: The First Lunar Landing, shown in the STEM Inspiration Center on Sunday, July 19th and Monday, July 20th.
-Value-added programming provided by the museum education team.
-Daily Facebook Live events on a variety of topics related to the Apollo 11 mission. Follow our social media pages to learn more.