The historic Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, is on tour to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon in July 2019.

The milestone-making spacecraft is currently on view at Space Center Houston, Houston, Texas, from Oct. 14, 2017–March 18, 2018.

It next appears at the Saint Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri from April 14–Sept. 3, 2018.

National tour

The traveling exhibition is called Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission and has been developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Air and Space Museum.

The exhibition’s two-year national tour will celebrate the approaching 50th anniversary of the mission and explore the birth and development of the American space program and the space race.

The tour brings the command module and more than 20 one-of-a-kind artifacts from the historic mission to some of the top museums in the country.

Credit: Space Center Houston

Exhibit stops: 2018-2020

Follow-on stops of the exhibit are:

  • Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh: Sept. 29, 2018–Feb. 18, 2019
  • The Museum of Flight, Seattle: March 16–Sept. 2, 2019

The Apollo 11 command module will return to a place of honor in the new exhibition “Destination Moon,” slated to open in 2020. This new permanent gallery is to be staged at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C.


Through original Apollo 11-flown objects, models, videos and interactives, visitors will learn about the historic journey of the Apollo 11 crew—Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.

“Destination Moon” will include an interactive 3-D tour, created from high-resolution scans of Columbia performed at the Smithsonian in spring 2016. The interactives will allow visitors to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, an interior that has been inaccessible to the public until now.

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