Become ‘an astronaut’ at Madame Tussauds’ Apollo 11 moon landing exhibit

Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch are set for first all-female spacewalk.
Image: NASA, L-R: Jessica Meir, Anne McClain, Christina Hammock Koch, and Nicole Aunapu Mann

Last month, NASA and space enthusiasts everywhere celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Madame Tussauds museum in Washington, D.C. joined the festivities by adding two new wax figures of American astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, the first humans to walk on the moon. Visitors to the exhibit can enjoy a fun, immersive experience.

Snap Selfies and ‘Wear’ a Spacesuit

Madame Tussauds has long been known for showcasing lifelike wax replicas of famous people. In keeping with the trend of tourist attractions offering immersive experiences, the renowned museum now features interactive exhibits.

The “Meet the Legends” attraction launched at the museum’s Washington, D.C. location a few days before the July 20 lunar landing anniversary. It boasts wax figures of Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin. Both figures wear spacesuits and headsets and stand near a replica of the lunar module.

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Guests can pose with the figures and snap selfies. They can even take a photo “wearing” a spacesuit by placing their head over a stationary suit. Aspiring astronauts of all ages will enjoy this unique opportunity.

Looking Ahead to the Next Lunar Mission

Madame Tussauds’ Apollo 11 exhibit celebrates America’s remarkable interstellar achievement. The museum also looks toward the future of space exploration by hosting a Q & A session with Dr. Jennifer Stern, a space scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

According to a CNN report, Stern talked with Madame Tussauds’ General Manager Therese Alvich at the event and discussed how important the Apollo 11 moon landing was for science and technology.

“They started in the beginning of the ’60s with nothing. No lunar command module, no spacesuits. And they really had to build from the ground up all the infrastructure to do this over such a short time,” Stern said. “It’s amazing that they were able to do so and meet that goal of landing in 1969.”

She also spoke about NASA’s future goals to return to the moon via the Artemis mission.

“We are about to enter a new age of exploration with the Artemis Project, which will send astronauts to the moon in the 2020s,” explained Stern. “That will be in preparation for sending astronauts to the surface of Mars in the 2030s and beyond. We also hope to learn what it’s like to live on the surface of the moon, live, and work.”

With the impending endeavor, NASA aims to land the first woman on the moon as well as the first man since Armstrong and Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface 50 years ago. The space agency also plans to allow civilians to visit the International Space Station (ISS) in the future.

Meanwhile, space enthusiasts can dream about heading to the stars while they hang out with the Apollo 11 astronauts at Madame Tussauds in D.C.