Following an enthusiastic public response to the announcement of Luke Jerram’s world-renowned Museum of the Moon at Birkenhead Town Hall between 25 October – 15 November, visitors are advised to book free tickets on visitwirral.com. The installation is expected to be very popular, with visitors from across the North West interested in attending. To reduce the need for queuing, tickets are now available to book in advance via visitwirral.com. Groups of 10 or more are requested to contact organisers in advance via [email protected]
The installation comes to Wirral as part of this year’s Borough of Culture programme, and attendees will see the moon suspended in the stunning surroundings of the Assembly Room of the Grade II* listed Birkenhead Town Hall.
On the opening weekend, Museum of the Moon will be open from 11am on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October, with last entry at 6pm each day. Museum of the Moon will then be open Wednesdays – Saturdays until 15 November, plus an additional opening on Tuesday 29 October during school half-term. It will be open from 11am – 6pm throughout.
During the three weeks, visitors will be able to experience extremely detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Each centimetre of the 7m internally lit sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.
The world-famous installation will be accompanied by a special programme of lunar-inspired events. These include free performances of The Glamournauts by Mooncup Theatre on Wednesday 30 October which charts 50 years of female achievement across the cosmos. There will also be an evening performance by the 18th Century Concert Orchestra on Wednesday 13 November. More details of all these events can be found on visitwirral.com.
Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: We The Curious, Kimmel Center, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Without Walls, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes and Cork Midsummer Festival. The artwork has also been created in Councilship with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.
The Borough of Culture initiative was introduced by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and is designed to encourage cultural activities across the region. Wirral’s events this year have been inspired by discovery, exploration and the great outdoors