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The Moon

National Maritime Museum, London


This display of some 180 exhibits presents a cultural history of our relationship with Earth’s satellite, marking the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings. It extends from ancient Mesopotamia to the present, taking in ancient writing tablets and calendars, moonlit landscapes by Turner and Constable, and works by contemporary artists such as Chris Ofili, El Anatsui and Aleksandra Mir. The exhibition also tells the stories of the Space Race and the Apollo 11 mission with a range of posters, lunar samples and equipment used on the expedition. Find out more from the National Maritime Museum’s website. 

Preview the exhibition below | View Apollo’s Art Diary here

Islamic lunar calendar (1795–96), Turkey. Photo: © Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford

Endymion and Selene (mid 19th century), Victor-Florence Pollet. Photo: © Victoria and Albert Museum

Buzz Aldrin's communication carrier headset

Buzz Aldrin’s communication carrier headset. Photo: © Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

I want! I want! (c. 1820), William Blake

I want! I want! (c. 1820), William Blake Photo: © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Cadmium-Vermillion Eclipse (2016), El Anatsui.

Cadmium-Vermillion Eclipse (2016), El Anatsui. Courtesy the artist, October Gallery, London and Factum Arte Madrid

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