Fifty years ago this month, brave souls went where no man had gone before — the surface of the moon. Starting this weekend, celebrate one of the greatest feats in modern history, the Apollo 11 landing, with free lunar-themed events
National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; Sun. through Jan. 5, free.
The National Gallery of Art will display a collection of cinematic lunar photographs taken during the 19th century through the 1960s. The exhibition includes images from the Lunar Orbiter missions that led up to Apollo 11 and glass stereographs taken on the moon.
National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at Sixth Street SW; starting Tue., free.
In 2015, the Smithsonian raised $500,000 through Kickstarter to preserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore when he became the first man on the moon, on July 20, 1969. On Tuesday, the Air and Space Museum will put the suit on display for the first time in 13 years. The artifact will eventually be part of the museum’s “Destination Moon” gallery, set to open in 2022.
Washington Monument, 2 15th St. NW; Tue. through July 18, 9:30-11:30 p.m., July 19 & 20, 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 p.m., free.
For three nights beginning on Tuesday, a large-scale projection of a Saturn V rocket will be beamed onto the Washington Monument. The spectacle sets the stage for the next two nights, when a 17-minute projection show about Apollo 11 and the moon landing will be displayed on the monument and supporting screens multiple times each night.
National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at Sixth Street SW; July 20, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., free.
The Air and Space Museum will pull an all-nighter with this after-hours party celebrating the first moon landing. Trivia sessions, a spacesuit fashion show, an Apollo 11-themed performance from electronic music duo Quindar, scavenger hunts and other hands-on activities are among the standouts on the schedule.