“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
-President John F. Kennedy

General admission pricing: $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors. Children 5 & Under are FREE.
Discounts available for any group of 10 people or more.

Every fourth Tuesday of the month, Destination Moon is free to everyone. Free tickets to the special exhibition are available on-site at our box offices in the main lobby and planetarium information desk.

The dates for these free days are:

July 24, 2018
August 28, 2018

Members get FREE tickets. Become a Member or renew your Membership today.

In the 1960s, President John F. Kennedy ignited the spark that launched the program which landed and safely returned the first person to set foot on the surface of the

Now, as we approach the 49th anniversary
of Neil Armstrong’s momentous “one small
step,” the excitement of the space race
comes to the Saint Louis Science Center
for Destination Moon: The Apollo 11

The traveling special exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. features the command module Columbia that orbited the Moon, as well as other artifacts from the first
successful lunar mission.

Travel back to 1960s St. Louis

Travel back to the 1960s, beginning with
storefronts designed to take you back to the
time period, all stocked with artifacts
from the Science Center’s collection. Step
into a period house and relive the
televised broadcast of the lunar landing
that captivated the nation.

Join the Mission with Fun Interactives

Experience what it would have been like to
be a part of the mission.

  • Walk across the gantry to the Saturn V
    and experience the rumbling of the
    rocket as you step into Destination
    and see firsthand the
    artifacts from Apollo 11.
  • Climb inside full-sized reproductions of
    the command module Columbia and
    the lunar module, communicate with
    Mission Control, and get a feel for
    what it was like to work with objects
    from inside a space suit.

St. Louis’ Impact on the Space Race

The space program started right here in St. Louis. Learn where the Moon was mapped
and how McDonnell Aircraft Corporation’s
work on the Mercury and Gemini programs
led to the success of the Apollo

  • See and hear personal stories from astronauts, engineers and Mission Control workers who helped build and guide the spacecraft and lunar cartographers who mapped the
    Moon’s surface.

From the Moon to the Midwest

As a Smithsonian affiliate museum, the Saint Louis Science Center is one of just four institutions in the country—and the only
in the Midwest—to host this special

In celebration of St. Louis’ instrumental role
in the Apollo program, the Science Center
has added 8,000 square feet to the
exhibition, more than doubling the
original exhibition, for an experience
exclusive to the Science Center.

The Future of Space Exploration

Prepare for a manned mission to Mars and
get ready for the next “one giant leap”
as you explore the future of human


Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is organized
by the National Air and Space Museum and the
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition
Service. The exhibition is made possible by
the support of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, Joe
Clark, Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation, the
Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and
Sciences, John and Susann Norton, and
Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson.
Transportation services for Destination Moon
are provided by FedEx.
St. Louis presentation of Destination Moon funded
by The Boeing Company and The William T. Kemper

While You Visit

New Planetarium Show Live Sky: Magnificent Moon

Learn about the lunar phases, how the Moon formed, what a super Moon actually is, what drove humans to explore the Moon and

Gemini and Mercury Space
Capsules at our Liftoff Gallery

Take a look at the newly illuminated interior cabin of Gemini Spacecraft 3A at the James
S. McDonnell Planetarium. This spacecraft
was built in St. Louis by McDonnell
Aircraft Corporation in 1964.

VR Transporter: Spacewalk-Danger in Orbit

Be “transported” into space and see Earth as never before with our motion-based virtual reality ride using the latest visual display technology.

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