The Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County is hosting Space Week in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. To celebrate this major historical accomplishment, the Carnegie Museum invites the public to visit the museum July 16-20, to learn about Apollo 11 and enjoy lots of fun activities. Admission to the museum and all Space Week programs are free.
Each day during Space Week, visitors can create space-themed crafts, learn about space science with hands-on activities, watch space-themed movies and documentaries, and enter a daily book prize drawing. In addition to these daily offerings, there will be extra activities held each day, each with its own theme.
Tuesday, July 16, is Rocket Day, in honor of the anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. Visitors to the museum will be able to make their own stomp rockets and straw rockets plus watch the first half of the documentary mini-series, From the Earth to the Moon. At 2 p.m. and 3:00 pm, guests can enjoy a special program, “How Does a Rocket Work?” Each session will feature Wabash College Professor Colin McKinney, who will teach us all about rockets, thrust, how to measure the force of a rocket, and much more, through indoor and outdoor hands-on activities.
On Wednesday, July 17, the museum will celebrate Joe Allen Day, in honor of our local astronaut, Joseph P. Allen, who had a long, successful career with the NASA Space Program. Guests will have the opportunity to listen to Joe’s TED Talk and learn about his career. They will also be celebrating Science Wednesday with a special DIY Moon Sand project, where kids can make their very own special play sand to take home.
Thursday, July 18, is NASA Day. The 2016 movie, Hidden Figures (rated PG) will be shown three times throughout the day, at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Kids will also be able to interact with the Mars Rover activity. Can you and your partner navigate through the landscape?
Friday, July 19, is Apollo 11 Mission Day. Guests can make stomp rockets and straw rockets for Science Friday and watch the second half of the documentary mini-series, From the Earth to the Moon.
Finally, on Saturday, July 20, the museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by showing the new 2019 documentary, Apollo 11. Then, from 1 to 4 p.m., guests can build and fly their own virtual rockets with the Kerbal Space Program! This fun computer game will let you try to land on the moon just like the Apollo astronauts. Can you make it to the moon and back? Drop in between 1 and 4 pm to find out!
Come celebrate Space Week by attending one, some or all of these programs at the Carnegie Museum. The museum is located at 222 S. Washington Street, in downtown Crawfordsville. Admission is free, and we are wheelchair and stroller accessible. More information on all of our programs can be found on the Facebook page (Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County) or by calling the museum at 362-4618.