Museum Center's 'Destination Moon' Displays Command Module Columbia — Only Surviving Portion of Apollo 11

The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing with a special display featuring artifacts and ephemera from the historic event

The Command Module Columbia - Eric Long // National Air and Space Museum
Eric Long // National Air and Space Museum
The Command Module Columbia

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing mission, harkening back to a time when space travel was cool and innovative multimillionaires — cough, Elon Musk — weren’t sending their Tesla into space for no apparent reason.

This exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center will celebrate that landmark achievement, featuring the Command Module Columbia, the only portion of the spacecraft that survived the crew’s journey to the moon. (This will mark the first time since 1976 that the module has been on display outside the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.)

Visitors can also catch a glimpse of Buzz Aldrin’s gold-plated extravehicular helmet visor and thermal-insulated gloves; the star chart that helped guide Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins on their travels; the survival kit that was onboard; and more.

Cool aside: Armstrong, aka the first man to actually walk on the moon, was born a Buckeye and later taught at the University of Cincinnati. 

Sept. 28, 2019-Feb. 17, 2020. $16.50 adults; $15.50 seniors; $10.50 children; free toddlers; $10.50 member adult; $7.50 member child. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate,

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