Photo by Echard Wheeler

Luke Jerram: Museum of the Moon

Photo by Ashley Berkman

Luke Jerram: Museum of the Moon

October 15, 2021 - October 17, 2021 View Moon Festival Video

Museum of the Moon is a large-scale touring installation by British artist Luke Jerram. The luminescent sculpture of the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Twenty-three feet in diameter and highly detailed, the Moon is built to an approximate ratio of 1:500,000. Accompanying the installation is a musical composition by award-winning composer Dan Jones. To date, the artwork has been presented in more than 30 countries and experienced by over 10 million viewers. People everywhere have their own distinct relationship to the moon, and yet it connects us all.

Friday, Oct 15th: Opening night features the “Environmental Corridor” including booths by Elizabeth River Project, ODU Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and Wetlands Watch. At 6 pm Native American Dance Groupe, Red Crooked Sky presents an honoring dance performance under the moon.

Saturday, Oct 16th: Catch a live performance by the Core Theater Ensemble at 7 pm under the moon, a pop up by the Lil Truck of Tools, and keep the party rolling at 8 pm with Beach Floyd, a Pink Floyd cover band that transports you to the dark side of the moon.

Sunday, Oct 17th: Rounds out our stellar weekend with moments of introspection and reflection. At 10 am Sky’s the Limit Yoga hosts a class under the moon and the evening features music by the Virginia Opera and dance performances by the ODU Dance Program.

The Moon is illuminated from dusk to dawn each day.

All three nights of the public festival have performances, art demonstrations, food, and beverages from 5-8 pm. Inside the Barry Art Museum, check out Waxing and Waning, the companion moon exhibition, and explore NASA’s hands-on activities and a Virtual Reality tour of the moon’s surface. The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Mobile Studio creates lunar-inspired demonstrations from 6-9 pm and we welcome you to stargaze with the Back Bay Astronomers! Up Monarch Way, the VMFA Art Mobile will be parked by the ODU Gordon Gallery and at the Brock Commons, there is the Monarch Market, a vendor fair with local crafts, food music, and activities.

Museum of the Moon Exhibition and Programs are made possible by our generous Sponsors: 

Bleakhorn Foundation

Old Dominion University in honor of Dick and Carolyn Barry for their remarkable vision and stewardship of the Barry Art Museum

DAF Brock Foundation and Ms. Joan P. Brock

WHRO Public Media

Mr. James A. Hixon

ODU Alumni Association

Rutter Family Art Foundation



Exhibition Advisory Board: 

Bert Schmidt, President, and CEO, WHRO Public Media

Dave Bowles, Executive Director for the Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy

Giovanna Genard, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communication & Marketing, ODU

Hans-Peter Plag, Professor of Ocean and Earth Sciences, College of Sciences, ODU

Jessica U. Meir, NASA Astronaut

Jonathan Leib, Professor and Interim Dean of Political Science and Geography, College of Arts and Letters, ODU

Justin Mason, Director, Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium, College of Sciences, ODU

Karen Meier, Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement, ODU

Keith F. Anderson, Assistant Chief and Environmental Program Director, Nansemond Indian Nation

Khan M. Iftekharuddin, Professor and Associate Dean For Research and Graduate Programs, Batten College of Engineering and Technology, ODU

Lindsay Thornton, Senior Education Programs Specialist at NASA Langley Research Center

Robert Wojtowicz, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, ODU

Skip Stiles,  Executive Director, Wetlands Watch


Community Partners:

Backbay Astronomers

Catch the King Tide

Chrysler Museum of Art

Community Market on Monarch

Core Theater Ensemble

Downtown Norfolk Council

Elizabeth River Project

Elizabeth River Trail

Nansemond Indian Nation

NASA Langley

Red Crooked Sky

Sway Creative Labs

Virginia Dept of Agriculture

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

Virginia Opera

Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Visit Norfolk

Wetlands Watch

WHRO Public Media


Old Dominion University Partners:

Alumni Association

Batten College of Engineering & Technology

College of Arts & Letters

Communication and Theater Arts

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Department Ocean and Earth Sciences

Graduate School

Institute of Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (ICAR)

Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium

ODU Arts

Office of Community Engagement

Perry Library

Remote Experience for Young Engineers and Scientists (REYES)

Space Systems Engineering

Strategic Communications & Marketing

Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy (VISA)

Free Monthly Lecture Series is a series of conversations inspired by Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon and its companion exhibition Waxing & Waning. All recordings of the past Fall 2021 Lectures are available to watch on the Barry Art Museum Youtube Page.