MEMPHIS, TN - April 25, 2019 – “Memphis to the Moon” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission moon landing and Memphis’ 200th Birthday all May-long at the Pink Palace Family of Museums.
Pink Palace will celebrate the 200th birthday of the City of Memphis May 18. The 200th birthday celebration will include a series of Pink Palace Family of Museums events and activities with the “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community” bicentennial exhibit being the center piece.
Pink Palace bicentennial events will include “200 Has A Lot to Say: Memphis Stories” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 which will feature live storytelling and performances highlighting specific people, events and communities in the city’s history. This family-friendly event is free with general museum admission.
The Lichterman Nature Center will host a Memphis 200th Birthday Celebration 10 .am. to 2 p.m. May 18 with exhibits, history hikes and a pop-up plant sale.
The Mallory-Neely House will celebrate Memphis’ 200th birthday with a “Downtown History at the Mallory-Neely House Series” with bicentennial history talks featuring a new program each month and a free bicentennial May exhibit in the carriage house.
The newly renovated Pink Palace Mansion will also feature the new Piggly Wiggly Store replica, Old Country Store, Clyde Parke Miniature Circus and other new displays.
In addition, Pink Palace will host an Apollo 11 Launch Party 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25 which will include the movie premiere of “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” playing on the giant screen at the CTI Theater. The Launch Party will feature family-friendly, space-related activities, including a presentation from Apollo 11 flight controller Bill Weppner 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Pink Palace Mansion Theater. The Launch Party is sponsored by ILS A Boeing Company.
“Memphis to the Moon” also will include the planetarium show “Back to The Moon: For Good” about the Apollo 11 mission and six more missions that followed over the next three years. The last footprints were left in 1972 with the hope that mankind would soon return. This program also tells the story of the Google X-Prize, and its goal to inspire young engineers in cooperation with private enterprises to send a robotic mission to the moon.
For more information, visit www.memphismuseums.org.
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