PEORIA, Ill. — The Peoria Riverfront Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with out-of-this world events.
NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, and 50 years later, the museum is showing appreciation for one of the most groundbreaking moments in U.S. history.
Friday, Planetarium Director Renae Kerrigan launched the festivities with a 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing special program at the Pekin Public Library.
“A lot of folks are excited and interested in learning about the Apollo program and reliving that moment,” Kerrigan said. “To many, it’s one of the most futuristic things we’ve ever done – landing on the moon!”
“Space Family Night: Walking on the Moon” is a family-friendly event with educational activities related to the Moon, and will be held at 6 p.m. Friday.
Saturday, the limited concert series “Deep Space” will feature The Golden Fleece” and visual artists Dystopia Kid and Marble Lobe.
On Saturday July 20th, the museum is holding “Astronaut Training Day” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where families can train like astronauts with space science activities in the museum’s lobby.
These events all lead to “One Small Step One Giant Party!,” where guests can rock their best retro wear and go back in time to July, 1969. They will be able to relive the moment Armstrong and Aldrin took their first steps on another world with live music, cocktails and food. They will also be able to watch the historic landing, view the moon through telescopes, take in a planetarium show, and explore space science demonstrations.
“We’re just sort of going all out on July 20 for that big celebration bash, to celebrate the first steps on another world,” Kerrigan said.
Kerrigan will also be curating the new exhibit, “Moon,” where there will be “highly realistic” moon on display. The exhibit is set to open this September.
For more information, visit https://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/.