Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will arrive in Lincoln on Monday 7 February and will be on display until Sunday 27 February.
The moon will be suspended under the central tower in the Cathedral, which will provide a spectacular backdrop for the stunning installation.
The moon, which measures seven metres in diameter, 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. The artwork has been seen by many thousands of people in venues all over the globe.
The Cathedral is open to visitors between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday, and between 12noon and 3pm on Sundays. Adult admission charges apply and children can visit for free.
On the evenings of 11, 15 and 21 February, the Cathedral will open its doors between 6.30pm and 8.30pm for those who wish to experience the moon at night. This is a unique opportunity to view the moon’s majesty during the hours of darkness. Admission during these sessions is by donation.
Throughout the three-week presentation, there are lots of events and activities to participate in, from musical recitals to chat shows, lectures, and special services. The presentation ends with a 50-piece orchestral concert of lunar-inspired music featuring artists such as David Bowie, Jamiroquai and Elton John.
During half-term, families can follow a moon trail, make crafts to take home, and join in with Rhubarb Theatre’s workshop, ‘The Way Back Home,’ a story of a boy who finds an aeroplane and has adventures to the moon.
The flagship event will take place on Friday 18 February when the Cathedral will host Helen Sharman CMG OBE, the first British person in space. Helen will take guests on a journey through her experiences – from recruitment and training, through to the time she spent in space and her return to Earth. Tickets can be purchased from the Cathedral website.
The Very Revd Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln said “We are delighted to host the moon at the Cathedral. The artwork will look awesome with the Cathedral as its backdrop, and we are pleased to offer something really exciting for visitors to see and feel inspired by during the gloomy winter months, and as we all begin to return to normal life. We are especially pleased to announce the suspension of charges for children during the three weeks. We wish to engage with more families and ensure that our activities are accessible to all, and we are looking forward to seeing lots of children enjoying themselves.”
“The moon also provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the wonder of God’s creation, and our life through the seasons. Our Sacred Space service on 20 February will focus on this, providing an opportunity to reflect and gently explore faith.”
Find out more about events taking place under the moon on our Forthcoming events page