We already told you about “Vantage Points,” the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s contemporary American photography showcase. You can still view it this weekend, and while you’re there make sure to also visit see the museum’s other fall exhibition, “Moon.”
The exhibit was part of the museum’s observance of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and one its most inspired elements is a recreation of a 1960s living room, with the Apollo 11 landing on loop on a vintage TV set.
The exhibit documents the Saturn and Apollo missions through NASA photographs and memorabilia, including a piece of the Apollo 11 heat shield, an actual space suit and various space-related artifacts.
And it goes back much further, looking at humankind’s fascination with the moon over the centuries through artifacts such as a Cassini map, on loan from Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, that dates back to the 1700s.
The exhibit also has some interactive elements. It prompts visitors to share their thoughts.
And it invites future astronauts to try out a space suit.
But the exhibit’s centerpiece is definitely an illuminated moon with a 13-foot diameter, designed for the museum by UK artist Luke Jerram using high resolution detailed terrain maps from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
“Moon” is on view through Sunday, Nov. 10. After that, the museum will get busy setting up its next major exhibit, “Da Vinci – The Genius,” which opens on Nov. 23.