Commonwealth Games

In April, Museum of the Moon commences it’s Australia premiere as a highlight of Festival 2018, the arts and cultural programme of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games!

For full program details and more information on Festival 2018 visit

From the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to our beliefs, understanding and ways of seeing. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and to aid nighttime navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon has evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon.

The Moon in Aboriginal Culture

The moon has great significance in australian aboriginal culture. There are different stories and beliefs for the many different groups across the country. Here’s a link to a fascinating Australian Aboriginal Astronomy website. Artist Luke Jerram hopes to find out more, when he travels to Australia to present the Museum of the Moon.

The Moon and the Great Barrier Reef

The Gold Coast is located right next to the great barrier reef which is dramatically effected by the Moon, its tidal effect and indeed moonlight. Read more about the great spawning event triggered by moonlight.