Just over a year after its creators announced plans to open “Pennsylvania’s first space museum,” the Moonshot Museum is set to open to the public on October 15.
Pittsburgh-based space robotics company Astrobotic is behind the museum, which it calls “the world’s first to focus on career preparation for the contemporary space industry.”
The Moonshot Museum will have a strong emphasis on interactive experiences, including sending visitors on simulated lunar missions. A wall of glass will allow visitors to see actual lunar landers being built and prepared to fly to the moon.
The goal is to inspire young people to pursue space careers as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) studies, including space careers in medicine, business, law and the humanities .
The museum is a non-profit organization located inside Astrobotic’s corporate headquarters at 1016 N. Lincoln Ave. It is a few blocks north of Acrisure Stadium.
“This museum will be the first of its kind,” said Sam Moore, executive director of the Moonshot Museum. “What I think is that it gives students an opportunity to get closer than they can get anywhere in the world, as far as we know, to contemporary space work. .
“Pittsburgh is doing tough things. Pittsburgh builds tough stuff. We’re building spaceships here, we’re building buildings here, we’re building bridges here, and now we’re building a whole new model of workforce development and career readiness for the space industry in Pittsburgh.
“It will mean great things for students here and in the region as well.
Moonshot museum officials said they have raised more than $2.5 million to support its construction and operations, including a recent $300,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation following its initial $500,000 grant for museum start-up operations in 2020.
The Moonshot Museum will be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday beginning Saturday, October 15. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-17.
Prior to opening day, the museum will host a Northside Neighbors Preview Day for North Side residents on Thursday, October 13. More information is available at www.moonshotmuseum.org/events.