50th Anniversary of the Apollo Program

Through December 2019, organizations across the country will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program with events, programs, exhibitions and more that celebrate this iconic mission. Smithsonian Affiliates will be hosting events throughout the year. Find a celebration near you!

Events in Affiliate Neighborhoods


Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Fort Worth) presents Launchpad: Apollo 11 Promises Kept, a special exhibition on view through Spring 2020. With the museum’s deep collection of space artifacts, custom-built interactive components and a cutting-edge layer of technology, Launchpad: Apollo 11 Promises Kept takes visitors on a cosmic journey through the past, present and future of space travel.

Moon Landing in Context Project

Over 15 months, the Moon Landing in Context project will engage in panel discussions, lectures, exhibits, and student projects to explore the history and social environment that were inevitably intertwined with the events that led to the Moon Landing or were affected by it.  Learn more here.

The project, is directed by Dr. Irene Porro of the McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning and benefits from the scholarly contribution of Framingham State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, as well as Smithsonian Institution experts, and scholars from other academic institutions.

Smithsonian Resources

Smithsonian Channel

On July 20, 68 Affiliates screened The Day We Walked On The Moon, a Smithsonian Channel documentary marking the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the lunar surface. Click here for a list of participating Affiliates.

Smithsonian 3D

Go inside the Apollo 11 Command Capsule through a high-resolution 3-D scan. Anyone with an internet connection can explore the entire craft – inside and out – which is not possible when the capsule is at a museum.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Learning Lab puts the treasures of the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex within reach. The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian’s expansive community of knowledge and learning. Browse one of the Destination Moon collections here.

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibition

Featuring the Apollo command module Columbia, and over 20 related objects, the exhibition explores the birth of the American space program and the space race. Developed by the National Air and Space Museum and organized for travel by the  Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition ServiceDestination Moon tour travels exclusively to Smithsonian Affiliates through February 2020.

Coming soon:

Cincinnati Museum Center | September 29, 2019–February 17, 2020

Previous destinations:
Space Center Houston |Oct. 14, 2017–March 18, 2018
Saint Louis Science Center | April 14–Sept. 3, 2018
Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh | Sept. 29, 2018–Feb. 17, 2019
The Museum of Flight, Seattle | March 16–Sept. 2, 2019

Image: Young visitors explore the Destination Moon exhibition at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service / James Kegley Photography.