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Celebrate with the Space Center!


APOLLO 11 Exhibit Opening

Opens Saturday, July 13!

View the newest exhibit about the Apollo 11 program on display at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. The exhibit highlights the important contributions that Southern California made to getting us to the moon!

Presented through the generous support of Aerojet-Rocketdyne.

Open daily Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm through October 2019.


Apollo Summer Camp

July 15-19 & July 22-26

Campers ages 9-14 will celebrate the Apollo Moon landing by delving into a full week of Apollo engineering at the Space Center!

Registration is now open.


Apollo Speaker Series

June - December 2019

Former Boeing Project Manager and 40-year Aerospace Industry veteran Gerald A. Blackburn discusses the Apollo Program, North American Aviation, and experiences in the aerospace industry with a different guest speaker each month!

Click the link below to watch past interviews:


Apollo at the Los Angeles Public Library


Artifacts on the Road

Visit your local Los Angeles Public Library branch to view some rarely before seen artifacts from the Apollo era! Interact with Space Center staff through hands-on activity.

May - December 2019


Join a panel of distinguished former aerospace professionals from the Apollo era; moderated by the President and Executive Director of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, Ben Dickow.

Sunday, September 22 at 2:00pm

LAPL Central Branch - Taper Auditorium

Apollo Chats

Meet up with Apollo alumni as they look back at the “space race” and the local contributions that put a man on the moon in less than a decade.  

The Apollo Alumni Chats will continue through December 2019 at a different LAPL each month.




Launch day

Tuesday, July 16

Celebrate the rockets that took us to the Moon as we join the US Space and Rocket Center in setting the world record for most rockets launched in one day!

Rocket launches will take place at the Discovery Sports Complex adjacent to the Space Center.


Thursday, July 18

Explore some of Downey’s historical watering holes that many of the Apollo engineers frequented after long days.  At each stop, you’ll get to meet some of those former engineers and share a pint regaling what working on the Apollo program was really like. Cheers!

Stardust Club 5:30pm-7:00pm

Stox Restaurant 7:30pm-9:00pm

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San Diego Comic Con

July 18 - 21

The CMSC joins artist Shag in creating an Apollo art exhibit on the main show floor of SDCC by bringing authentic Apollo artifacts.

July 20, the Space Center will be leading a panel discussion about Apollo 11 at SDCC at 3:30pm in Room 5AB at the San Diego Convention Center.   



Friday, July 19 10am - 5pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with NASA and their host for Apollo 11 programming in Southern CA, the Columbia Memorial Space Center!  NASA will be broadcasting segments from the Space Center on NASA TV and Discovery Science channel. The day will feature hands-on activities, original performances from LA’s Chalk Rep theater company, projects from the CMSC’s Apollo Summer Campers and Girls in STEM Club, historical Apollo artifacts, & chats with Apollo alumni.  Admission to the CMSC is FREE!


Saturday, July 20 10am - 5pm

Revel in the extraordinary, far-reaching feats achieved on this day 50 years ago when the first human walked on the Moon.  Celebrate July 20, 1969 in your best 1960’s attire at the CMSC!  Join Raytheon as they provide Apollo themed activities throughout the day and enjoy several break-out dramatic performances sprinkled around the CMSC portraying life in Apollo Program while watching “LIVE” as Neil Armstrong takes his first “giant leap”.  

Snap a photo of yourself jumping up, tag #OneGiantLeap and share on social media, joining thousands around Southern California in commemorating the momentous day!

Admission to the CMSC is FREE!


Apollo 11 Movie Screening

Saturday, July 20

Stick around at night for a special outdoor screening of Apollo 11 in partnership with JPL and City of Downey.

SplashDown DAY!

Tuesday, July 24

Rejoice in the return of the Apollo 11 astronauts as we celebrate Splashdown Day, when Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins returned to Earth and splashed down into the Pacific Ocean! We will have special guest speakers who actually worked on the parachute systems that got our astronauts back to Earth safely!

The Space Center will be open 10am - 5pm.

For more information about any of the Apollo 11 anniversary events with the Columbia Memorial Space Center, please contact us.

(562) 231-1200

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