The Apollo 11 command module Columbia will be on display at the Museum of Flight. Photo by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

The Apollo 11 command module Columbia will be on display at the Museum of Flight. Photo by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing exhibit opens at Museum of Flight

Northwest businesses join museum to celebrate Seattle’s Summer of Space

Moon rocks chocolate bars anyone?

In conjunction with the Museum of Flight’s Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibition, from April 13-Sept. 2, dozens of local businesses, restaurants, attractions and organizations will offer stellar space-themed products, special promotions and events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing under the moniker, Seattle’s Summer of Space.

Some of the Northwest’s top producers of food and drinks will feature new local brews and spirits, sodas, ice creams, chocolates and more, while attractions, hotels and restaurants will offer discounts and special Seattle’s Summer of Space events.

All of the partner specials and calendar of events can be found on seattlessummerofspace.org.

Partners include Elysian Brewing; Hyatt Regency Seattle; Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream; Smith Brothers Farms; Four Seasons Hotel Seattle; Pacific Science Center; Jones Soda; Heritage Distilling Co.; Daniel’s Broiler; iFly Seattle; Museum of Glass; Sky View Observatory; Taco Time Northwest; Starfire Sports; Wild Waves Theme & Water Park; Woodland Park Zoo; and more.

For more information, and to find out how to participate in Seattle’s Summer of Space, contact The Museum of Flight’s Ashley Messmer at amessmer@museumofflight.org

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

Presented in partnership with National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission features original Apollo 11-flown objects, interactives and unique artifacts, including dozens of NASA and Russian spaceflight additions from the Museum’s renowned collection.

Highlighting the exhibition is the historic NASA Apollo 11 command module, Columbia. Visitors can see the spaceship up close and can explore its intricate interior with an interactive 3-D tour created from the Smithsonian’s high-resolution scans.

Open with the exhibit is a new indoor playground for children, Tranquility Base, where they can enter their own command module and talk to mission control. The Museum will also present a series of Apollo-themed programs and events during the April 13-Sept. 2 run of the exhibition.

About The Museum of Flight:

Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving 600,000 visitors annually. The museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today’s 787 Dreamliner.

Attractions at the 20-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer and the only exhibit of the rocket engines used to launch Apollo astronauts to the moon.

With a foundation of aviation history, the museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. The museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the museum’s onsite and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Flight is at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158, off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For admission prices and general information, call 206-764-5720 or visit museumofflight.org.

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