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MAY 2017

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1 0 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E WASHINGTON — The command module Columbia, which carried the first men to walk on the moon in 1969, will embark on another journey in October, a national tour leading up to the 50th anniversary of the historic feat. "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" will visit museums in Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Seattle over the next two years, winding up at Seattle's Museum of Flight on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, July 20, 2019. The command module, the only part of the spacecraft to return to earth, was the main living area for the three-man crew of Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. It has been displayed at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington for the past 46 years since a 50-state tour in 1970-1971. An interactive 3-D tour, created from high- resolution scans of Columbia performed at the Smithsonian in spring 2016, will allow visitors to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, A P O L L O 1 1 C O M M A N D M O D U L E T O M A K E N A T I O N A L T O U R which has previously been inaccessible the public. Several objects from the Apollo 11 mission will also be featured in the exhibit, including gloves and a visor Aldrin wore on the moon, a star chart used onboard and a rock box that brought back the first samples from the moon's surface. The traveling exhibition previews part of a new gallery at the National Air and Space Museum, slated to open in 2021, that tells the story of human exploration of the moon. The schedule for the tour is: Space Center Houston — Oct. 14, 2017– March 18, 2018 Saint Louis Science Center — April 14–Sept. 3, 2018 Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh — Sept. 29, 2018–Feb. 18, 2019 The Museum of Flight, Seattle — March 16–Sept. 2, 2019. W W W. S I . E DU PHILADELPHIA — The Museum of the American Revolution, which opened April 19 on the edge of Independence Square near Independence Hall, brings to life the events, people and ideals of the founding of the United States with original artifacts, immersive galleries, theaters and re-created historic environments. Among the most iconic of the surviving arti- facts from the Revolution is General George Washington's headquarters tent. The tent, which served as both his office and sleeping quarters throughout much of the war, is housed in a dedicated theater and is part of a multimedia presentation exploring Washington's leadership. The museum's extensive artifact collection includes other personal items of George and Martha Washington, along with weapons, works of art, manuscripts, personal items and more. Immersive experiences include a gallery fea- turing a full-scale replica of Boston's Liberty Tree; the re-creation of an Oneida Indian Nation Meeting House, where the tribe's lead- ers debate whether to join the American cause; the Battlefield Theater, where visitors are placed on the Continental Army's front lines facing an attack by British soldiers; a view of Independence Hall in disarray during British occupation in Philadelphia; and a large-scale replica of an 18th- century privateer ship that visitors can board. The three-story museum also includes a café, retail store and welcoming rotunda. W W W. AMR EV MUSEUM.ORG M U S E U M O F T H E A M E R I C A N R E V O L U T I O N O P E N S I N P H I L A D E L P H I A GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SILVER CAMP CUPS ARE AMONG THE EXTENSIVE ARTIFACT COLLEC- TION AT THE NEW MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. By Eric Long, courtesy National Air and Space Museum MUSEUM VISITORS IN SEVERAL MAJOR CITIES WILL SEE THE APOLLO 11 COMMAND MOD- ULE WHEN IT MAKES A TOUR OF THE UNITED STATES IN 2018 AND 2019. Courtesy Museum of the American Revolution I N D U S T RY N E WS

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