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Museum set to party like 1969 for Moon landing

11 July 2019

As the world prepares for the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Queenslanders have embraced the space race in Queensland Museum’s latest exhibition NASA – A Human Adventure.

Minister for Arts and Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch said it was clear the exhibition was a winner with 133,253 visitors since NASA –A Human Adventure opened in March 2019.

“It shows just how much Queenslanders love the stories that come with space and exploration,” Minister Enoch said.

“This record-breaking exhibition was the first to be hosted in Queensland Museum’s newly refurbished space, following a $3.25 million investment from the Queensland Government.

“During July, Queensland Museum will definitely be the place to celebrate the Moon landing anniversary with a range of events and activities planned around the NASA – A Human Adventure exhibition.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said NASA – A Human Adventure would drive visitation and generate jobs in Brisbane’s tourism industry. 

“Brisbane is a world-class event host and hosting exclusive blockbusters such as the World Science Festival Brisbane, and as NASA – A Human Adventure continues throughout the year, Brisbane is drawing visitors for an out-of-this-world experience,” she said.

“The Queensland Government is proud to support events like this which play to our state’s strengths, showcase our unique industries and tourism experiences to support local jobs.”

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane was delighted to host the space exhibition.

“Brisbane’s ever-growing events calendar is providing more to see and do for residents and visitors alike and we are excited to be the only Australian city hosting NASA – A Human Adventure during the 50th Moon landing celebrations,” Cr Schrinner said.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said there was plenty of ways visitors to the museum could celebrate the Moon landing.

“From sharing their Moon landing memories to partying likes it’s 1969 at our specially themed After Dark, stepping back in time in our 1960s Lounge Room to talks from NASA scientists and late night admission to NASA  - A Human Adventure, there is something for everyone this July,” Dr Thompson said.

Some of the highlights of the month include:

Calling for Moon Landing Memories…

Queensland Museum is wanting to hear your memories of the Moon landing – where were you? Who were you with? What made that day special to you. People are invited to share their stories and memories via Queensland Museum’s social media channels. #qmspace

Watch the moon landing in our 1960s Queensland lounge room

On Monday 21 July at 12.56pm, Eastern Standard Time, Queenslanders were among the estimated 600 million people watching the Apollo 11 moon landing television broadcast across the world. Sit back in our 1960s Queensland lounge room and watch the most iconic television event of all time. Styling and furniture is courtesy of the Camp Hill Antique Centre.

After Dark Party like it’s 1969

It’s the 1960s where miniskirts, mini mokes, and Beatles music mania are the rage. Dress up in your favourite bell-bottoms, go-go boots, or mod prints. Learn how to dance Rock n Roll, or the Jitterbug. Get ‘glammed up’ with a 60s hairdo or maybe a lick of lippy at our pamper station.

Sunday Talks

Hear from Liz Landau from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in two special talks – Space News: Tales from an Intergalactic storyteller on Sunday 21 July at 11am and 1.30pm. Tickets include entry to NASA – A Human Adventure and are strictly limited.  

NASA – A Human Adventure Opening Late

On Saturday 20 July, visitors can enjoy extended opening hours for NASA – A Human Adventure  - from 9.40am – 8pm. Book online early to avoid missing out.

During the July School Holidays, there is still plenty happening at Queensland Museum, with budding astronomers can take part in the school holiday programs.

 NASA – A Human Adventure tells the story of space travel from the artists and writers who dared to dream of what the future could hold to the early pioneers of space travel and engineering marvels that have changed the world and our exploration of space. 

Highlights of NASA – A Human Adventure include several space-flown and Moon landed items, real rocket engines, a remarkable collection of space suits, and several full-scale replicas including the front section of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle Atlantis, Lunar Rover, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space crafts and Soviet robotic lunar rover Lunokhod. 

Showcasing the remarkable achievements of space travel, NASA – A Human Adventure runs at Queensland Museum until Wednesday 9 October 2019.


Tickets now on sale at  Visitors are advised to book online to avoid queues. 

Exhibition partners include Tourism Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing and Channel Nine.

NASA – A Human Adventure by the numbers…

133,253 people have visited NASA –A Human Adventure

118 days NASA –A Human Adventure has been open

40,000 budding astronauts have taken part in the NASA – A Human Adventure kids trail

1,181 spacecrafts were built as part of the Spacecraft April School Holiday Program

158 school groups and classes have ditched the classroom for an out of this world experience and visited NASA – A Human Adventure

194 Cub Scouts and 43 Cub Scout Leaders made the trek one weekend to visit the exhibition

7,379 t-shirts have been purchased from the Queensland Museum shop

2,636 freeze-dried ice-cream packs have been consumed

2,474 toy shuttles have been launched into homes around Queensland (purchased from the Queensland Museum shop)

Media Enquiries:

Christine Robertson 0417 741 710 or Kylie Hay 0434 565 852 

About Queensland Museum Network

Queensland Museum is part of the Queensland Museum Network and the keeping place for the State Collection of 1.2 million objects and specimens, valued at more than $540 million, and approximately 14 million research collection items. For more than 150 years Queensland Museum has grown alongside Queensland to inspire, enrich and empower communities.

About John Nurminen Events

John Nurminen Events B.V. is the Dutch subsidiary of John Nurminen Oy and it specialises in developing as well as producing large scale touring exhibitions. John Nurminen Events' blockbuster production is NASA – A Human Adventure, which tells a thrilling journey of the history of the NASA’s manned space flights and the Space Race.