Thank you for your interest in Destination Moon - this exhibit has now ended. Please come back in November for the reopening of the Museum's APOLLO exhibit.

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April 13 to September 2, 2019

The spacecraft flown on humankind’s first journey to the Moon is the centerpiece of the Museum’s special exhibition. Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, celebrates that historic flight. The challenge of putting the first steps on the Moon moved a nation during the 1960s, Apollo’s legacy now inspires today’s spaceflight adventurers. The exhibition takes you back with original Apollo 11-flown objects, interactives and unique artifacts from the Space Race. Only here will you experience them during Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary. And along the way, you too will feel reason to celebrate the beginning of today’s New Space Age.

In its only West Coast appearance Destination Moon will be on view April 13 to September 2, and will feature special programs throughout the run of the exhibition, plus a weekend festival during the July 20 50th anniversary of the giant leap for humanity. The exhibition includes more that 20 one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Smithsonian, many flown on the historic mission, plus dozens of NASA and Russian spaceflight additions from the Museum’s renowned collection.

Highlighting the exhibition is the historic NASA Apollo 11 command module, Columbia. Visitors can see the spaceship up close like never before, and can explore its intricate interior with an interactive 3-D tour created from the Smithsonian’s high-resolution scans.

The Smithsonian’s Destination Moon exhibition is enhanced with The Museum of Flight’s own Space Race displays with rare objects like a Soviet Sputnik satellite, early cosmonaut spacesuit and the world’s only display of the remains of the rocket engines that boosted Apollo missions to the Moon. Also unique is a gallery about the legacy of Seattle-area industry, astronauts and engineers to the space program.

Family experiences include spaceflight interactives and an indoor playground with a full-scale, hands-on command module.

The Museum is the only West Coast location for Destination Moon, part of a two-year tour to four museums by the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. This Destination Moon tour marks the first time the Apollo 11 command module Columbia has left the National Air and Space Museum since the museum opened to the public in 1976. Before entering the collection, the command module traveled on a 50-state tour throughout 1970 and 1971 covering more than 26,000 miles. It then went on display in the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building before the current National Air and Space Museum was built on the National Mall.

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is organized by the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition is made possible by the support of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, Joe Clark, Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation, the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, John and Susann Norton, and Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson. Transportation services for Destination Moon are provided by FedEx.

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Host City Sponsor

Aerojet Rocketdyne
Sponsor of Washington Goes to Space

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What happens if I miss my time slot?

We understand delays can happen. Each of our time slots are 20 minutes; for maximum enjoyment, we limit the number of visitors for each of our slots. If you are within your 20 minute time slot, you can still enjoy the exhibition. If you miss your time slot, we will do our best to accommodate you when you arrive based on availability.

What happens if I miss my day?

Based on availability, we will do our best to honor your ticket on the day you arrive or make alternate arrangements for a future visit. There are no refunds.

May I add tickets to a time slot if more want to join my party?

Yes, if additional tickets are available for your designated time slot, we can add to your party on site.

Who do I contact about group sales?

For groups of 10 or more, please contact:

What are the discounts that apply?

Although the Museum offers discounts for general admission, we cannot offer discounted tickets to Destination Moon. We offer special community access programs for underserved audiences as well as Education groups.

What happens on Free First Thursdays?

General admission to the Museum of Flight is free on the first Thursday of every month from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM. The standard $10 admission and timed ticketing for Destination Moon will still be in effect during these evenings and can be purchased onsite.

Do I get special pricing for being a Museum Member?*

Yes, special Membership pricing is in effect for this exhibition. Your discount along with any complimentary guest pass(es) your membership includes will be applied automatically at checkout.

May I upgrade my membership to get better benefits?

Of course, please contact

I can’t seem to purchase a ticket, who do I talk to?

Please email or call our general number (206) 764-5700.

Is there reentry into the exhibition?

We’re sorry but there is no reentry into the exhibition. For our visitors’ comfort there are restrooms inside the exhibition area.

Are cameras permitted in the exhibition?

Yes, cameras are permitted. Flash photography and selfie sticks are not. Tripods are OK as long as they do not interfere with another visitor’s enjoyment of the exhibition. Also, professional photography will not be allowed.

What language(s) is the exhibition be shown in?

The exhibition is in English but guides are available in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Somali, Korean and Braille.

Are strollers, wheelchairs and carrying bags/purses allowed?

Yes, personal carrying bags and strollers are permitted and exhibition is ADA accessible

Are there rest rooms in the exhibition?


Did the Apollo Astronauts really land on the Moon?

Yes, on July 20,1969.

Seattle's Summer of Space

Now through September 2
Join the Museum and area partners for events all summer long as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the very first manned mission to land on the Moon.

To The Moon Program Series

To honor our newest exhibition, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, we're proud to introduce a new program series to complement the stories behind the artifacts, people, and places that made the Moon landing possible.

Show all To The Moon! Events

Wells Fargo FREE First Thursday

Every first Thursday of the month
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
On the first Thursday of each month, the Museum stays open late – and admission is FREE. Enjoy the Museum's Great Galleries, Store and Café for extended hours.

Destination Moon admission only $10 ($5 Members*).

Lunar Focus: A 21st Century Photography Exhibit

A new interactive display of recent images of the Moon from NASA’s robotic spacecraft, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, including orbital views of Apollo landing sites, plus 3D mosaic images of breathtaking lunar landscapes. The experience will be on view through August 2019

Check back as we add more!