Museum of the Moon

After the success of last year’s Gaia Earth installation, we are delighted to announce Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will be coming to Southwell Minster from 11-22 October 2024

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

General admission tickets are £4 for adults, £2 for U16s, and U5s are free. Booking online is recommended but not essential, but during busy times those looking to pay on the door may have to wait.

Last entry is 30 minutes before the end of each session. Dogs on leads welcome.

Tickets for all dates other than the preview night are available here

Opening times

Friday 11 October: SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT, 7-9pm – £10, includes a drink – tickets available here
Saturday 12 October: 10am-5pm, and 7-9pm
Sunday 13 October: 1-3pm
Monday 14 October: 10am-3pm
Tuesday 15 October: 10am-5pm
Wednesday 16 October: 10am-3pm
Thursday 17 October: 10am-5pm, and 7-8.30pm
Friday 18 October: 10am-5pm, and 7-9pm
Saturday 19 October: 10am-5pm*
Sunday 20 October: 12-3pm, and 5-7pm
Monday 21 October: 10am-5pm*, and 7-9pm
Tuesday 22 October: 10am-5pm, and 7-9pm

*Space-based children’s activities will be available during the day in the State Chamber – these must be booked separately.

Additional events under the Moon

Pilates under the Moon: Monday 14, Tuesday 15, Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 October, 9-9.45am.
Papagena: Monday 14 October, 7.30pm: All-female, a cappella quintet
Words and Music: Wednesday 16 October, 3.30pm: An afternoon of inspiring poetry and music
Lunar Compline: Thursday 17 October, 9pm: Night Prayer by candlelight – free admission, no ticket required.
Moonshine: Saturday 19 October, 7.30pm: An evening of dancing and music with a live 8-piece swing band



About the artist
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large-scale public artworks.


Museum of the Moon at Ely Cathedral, c. James Billings

Museum of the Moon has been co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Brighton Festival, Without Walls, Cork Midsummer Festival, We The Curious, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes  and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The artwork has been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

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