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The Intrepid Museum Celebrates Apollo 50 Next Giant Leap

Join us for exhibitions, events and programs that connect the science and innovation from the 1969 moon landing to the space exploration of tomorrow. It all starts with the opening of Apollo 11: Media, the Moon and Beyond—a new installation beneath the space shuttle Enterprise that will showcase the awe of the moon landing through the emotions and reactions that echoed worldwide.

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NEW INSTALLATION


Apollo 11: Media the moon and Beyond

Open: May 1
Apollo 11: Media, the Moon and Beyond
July 20, 1969: the world paused to watch American astronauts walk on the moon. To mark the 50th anniversary of this achievement we invite you to experience an imaginative installation of archived news media, displayed through vintage televisions. The installation will also bridge the decades to the dreams of tomorrow, and the next great achievements of the 21st century.

Media, the Moon and Beyond is generously supported by Pamela Liebman and Michael Krouse.

Additional support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Apollo Tour Guide Talk, Daily, 3:30pm. Learn about the technologies and the men and women who enabled Apollo 11— the mission that took us to the moon! This 20-minute presentation is free with Museum admission.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Teacher Professional Development

Thursday, June 6
Teacher Professional Development
Chancellor’s Day: All About the Moon!

Sixty New York City school teachers will receive professional development credit for Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing , a one-day, in-depth training session. It will feature a live webcast with The Museum of Flight in Seattle to tour their exhibition, Destination Moon. Contact teacherprograms@intrepidmuseum.org with questions.

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American moonshot by Douglas Brinkley

Friday, June 14
Innovators
American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

New York Times bestselling author of American Moonshot, Douglas Brinkley, shares with us a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring challenge and America’s race to the moon as part of our Innovators series. Book sale and signing will follow the program. This event is free and open to the public. For ages 21+. Beer and wine will be available for purchase with ID.

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Apollo moon landing

Friday, June 21
Free Fridays
Join us on the flight deck for a special screening of the acclaimed new CNN Films and NEON documentary APOLLO 11, by director Todd Douglas Miller and archivist Dan Rooney. Constructed with never-before-seen original 70mm film footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings from the 1969 Apollo mission. The resulting portrait of those historic nine days is dazzling! Space is limited; seating is first come, first served.

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Stories Within Access Program

Thursday, June 27
Stories Within
The Museum invites individuals with dementia and their care partners to experience the Stories Within program. Led by trained Museum staff, small groups will explore the Museum and reflect on the history of the ship, its aircraft and the stories of people who served at sea. These multisensory experiences are designed to spark conversation and reflection. Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a visit to the Space Shuttle Pavilion and pop-up planetarium. To register, please email access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646-381-5158.

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Access Family Program

Sunday, July 14
Access Family Program
A program for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Commemorate this historic moon landing with a unique tour and hands-on activities.

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Teacher Professional Development

Friday, July 19
Free Fridays
Attend an outdoor screening of the film First Man or take in educator-led pop-up planetarium shows that run throughout the evening. Celebrate the Apollo missions with Dr. Noah Petro who will share images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at the Museum's Astronomy Night. Astronomy Night registration opens June 10. Space for the film screening and planetarium shows are limited; seating is first come, first served.

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Earthrise

Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20
Pop-Up Installation
Earthrise: A 50 Year Contemplation

Meet members of the Space Enabled research group from MIT’s Media Lab and experience Earthrise: A 50 Year Contemplation, their celebration of the original Earthrise photo taken during the Apollo 8 mission in December 1968. Free with Museum admission.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

Saturday, July 20
Intrepid Presents
To the Moon with the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

Join us for an evening of wonder and hilarity with a celebrated New York improv troupe. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the audacious goal of landing an American on the Moon before the end of the decade. How was this going to be accomplished? We will explore this challenge with the improv group (and guest celeb) as well as former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino and NASA’s Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This is an after-hours program for adults 21+. Beer and wine will be available for purchase with ID.

General admission: $15 | Museum members: $12

Save the Date!
On sale May 15.


Giant Leaps Planetarium Show

Saturday, July 20, 1:15pm and 3:00pm
Giant Leaps Planetarium Show
This planetarium show will enable visitors to journey through the small steps that resulted in humanity’s giant leap to the moon. Audiences will travel alongside astronauts on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions to discover the techniques and technology that NASA had to invent and perfect before attempting a trip to the moon. Free with Museum admission. Space is limited; seating is first come, first served.

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Early Morning Opening

Saturday, July 20
Early Morning Opening
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing s with an early morning opening for children with autism and their families. Commemorate this historic event with a tour and hands-on activities.

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Intrepid After Hours

Wednesday, July 24
Intrepid After Hours
Intrepid After Hours invites military veterans and service members to experience the Museum at night. Enjoy the Museum without the crowds, then join peers for conversation, exploration, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and a catered dinner.

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Military Family Program

Sunday, July 28
Military Family Program
The Intrepid Museum invites current and former service members and their children to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing s! Commemorate this historic event with a tour and hands-on activities.

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Sensory Friendly Evening for Teens and Adults

Friday, October 11
Sensory Friendly Evening for Teens and Adults
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing s with a sensory friendly evening for teens and adults with autism. The Space Shuttle Pavilion will be open late for exploration.

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School and Teacher Programs ONGOING
Space-Focused Programs for Schools and Other Educational Groups
Bring your school, camp, scout or other 3rd-12th grade age group for a space-themed education program!

Children in grades 3–6 will explore the challenge of maintaining physical health in a microgravity environment and discuss astronauts’ nutrition and preparatory physical training. They will also learn how the design and protective technology of space suits made it possible for humans to walk safely on the moon.

Students in grades 7–12 will delve deeper into the history of the Space Race and the competition between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Students will imagine the challenge of creating technology that operates in the vacuum of space and discuss the engineering behind the space shuttle Enterprise and its robotic arm. Students will also construct their own “robotic arms” to capture and move objects.

Uncover Intrepid’s role in the U.S. space program with our All Hands program for groups of individuals with disabilities. View the space shuttle Enterprise and explore replica space capsules. This program may include a planetarium show.

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