Our Moon: Then, Now and Beyond
Explore the moon’s past, present and future in Our Moon: Then, Now and Beyond at Canterbury Museum. On tour from Nelson Provincial Museum, this hands-on exhibition is an out-of-this-world experience where you can enter the orbit of our wonderful moon.
Image courtesy of NASA
Learn about early attempts to uncover the moon’s secrets through astronomy and the space race that led to humans standing on the moon for the first time in 1969. Relive the moon landing from the comfort of a replica 1960s living room or role play a rocket launch.
Bathe in the glow of MOON by British artist Luke Jerram, a 4-metre replica moon printed with high-resolution NASA imagery. Use the tellurion to learn about the moon’s orbit, or familiarise yourself with the Maramataka: the traditional Māori lunar calendar with modern applications.
Get to grips with the potential of New Zealand’s space economy and learn about the Kiwi company that fires rockets into orbit. Imagine what a future lunar base might look like and build it with blocks.
Artist Hannah Beehre’s Tunnel (2018), an artwork using painted velvet and a mirrored floor to create the experience of walking through space, will return to the Museum as part of the exhibition.
Our Moon has plenty to keep curious hands and minds busy and is sure to appeal to all ages.