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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.

On view will daily Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm through September 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!


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.





Tuesday, July 16 Time TBD

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.


Wednesday, July 17 Time TBD

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!

Locations TBA

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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.  



Friday, July 19 10am - 5pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with NASA and their official host for Apollo 11 programming in Southern CA, the Columbia Memorial Space Center!  NASA will be filming segments LIVE from the CMSC featuring 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 JPL as they provide Apollo themed programming throughout the day and enjoy several break-out dramatic performances sprinkled around the CMSC portraying life in Apollo Program & watch “LIVE” as Neil Armstrong takes his first “giant leap”.   Admission to the CMSC is FREE!


Apollo 11 Movie Screening

Saturday, July 20 Evening time TBD

Stick around at night for a special screening of Apollo 11 outside the Space Center in partnership with JPL and City of Downey Mayor, Rick Rodriguez.

SplashDown DAY!

Tuesday, July 24 Time TBD

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!

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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