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Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind

@ Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace

Interactive exhibit celebrating moon landing


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening an all-new interactive special exhibit, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening an all-new interactive special exhibit, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind.


The exhibit opens April 29, 2019, and runs through January 12, 2020.


On July 20, 1969, the eyes of the world watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. Just minutes after landing they received a call from President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, with congratulations on behalf of the American people. Three days later, President Nixon personally greeted the three astronauts at the splashdown site in the Pacific Ocean, aboard the U.S.S. Hornet.


Museum-goers will take a thrill ride through the Space Race of the 1950s and 1960s, President Kennedy’s famous challenge to go to the moon, and the scientific and technological advancements that were developed —many in Southern California— to ensure success and survival on this inspirational mission.


The exhibit’s originally-created, 360-degree virtual reality experience will transport visitors to the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, to see and hear Neil Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind.”


Artifacts and objects featured in the exhibit include:


•Buzz Aldrin’s penlight used in the Lunar Module and Apollo 11 patch worn on the surface of the moon

•NASA X-15 silver-gleaming pressure suit used to train Neil Armstrong and America’s first astronauts in the 1950s

•Moon rocks from the lunar surface, acquired during the Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 missions

•Oval Office telephone that President Nixon used to call Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they explored on the lunar surface

•Presidential Medal of Freedom Award presented to astronaut Michael Collins by President Nixon

•Original of President Nixon’s draft speech prepared in the event of a “moon disaster”

•A 3-D printed, life-sized statue of Neil Armstrong in his space suit, as he climbed down the ladder of the Lunar Module on the moon

•A giant, exact recreation of an Apollo mission command module


Visitors will sit in a 1969 American living room and watch the moon landing just like people all over the world did on the historic night 50 years ago.

  • Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace
  • 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
  • Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Phone: (714) 993-5075

Website: Click to Visit

Sunday, June 16, 2019 : 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Activity occurs until 1/12/2020 on:

  • Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • New Years Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Suitable for: 5+

  • Ages 0 - 4: Free
  • Ages 5 - 11: $11.00
  • Ages 12 - 17: $15.00
  • Ages 18 and over: $21.00

Note: Includes museum admission

Free, provided on location.

Special Family Events
Activity Name Next Occurrence Suitable Ages
06/16/2019 6+

Event dates, times and cost are subject to change without notice. Before heading out, please contact the event organizer to verify the information provided. If you have questions about a particular event, please contact the event organizer directly.

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