Public Response

“Will you put the moon back afterwards?” Rebecca aged 6 from Kendal, UK.

“The Museum of the Moon is much more than just a demonstration of technical and scientific prowess. It creates a personal connection with the nocturnal sky, heightening the experience of gazing at a “full moon” by generating a sense of nearness. The installation exudes extraordinary gentleness and inspires reflection, contemplation, celebration, and respect.” said a visiting arts curator in Marseille.

“An exciting and uplifting experience” man from Bristol.


Luke tells the story how...”At our exhibition Natural History Museum a man in a suit came up to me in tears. He explained how he was a space scientist from the European Space Agency and had spent his career studying the surface of the moon. I gave him a hug and he left the exhibition, a very happy man!

@lukejerram’s moon is masterful: beautiful, imposing, simple and extraordinary. And such a perfect location.’

“I think its absolutely beautiful. There’s such a simplicity to the idea, bit its got this amazing imposing nature. And its just exquisitely delivered. I think its a great piece.” visitor in Bristol

“When I first came into the room, and saw the Moon, I cried”  – Anna

“As I came in, my first reaction was Wow!” lady from Bristol

Audience Numbers

  • To date, the artwork has been presented in more than 30 countries and experienced by over 20 million people.
  • In just 8 months over 2.1 million people came to see the artwork at the Natural History Museum in London, making it their most popular exhibition! 
  • More than 60,000 people visited the Museum of the Moon when it was presented in Liverpool Cathedral for 7 days.
  • The BBC reported 16,000 people visited the installation in Hull Minster each day, which was the most number of visitors the church had in its 750 year history!  83,000 people visited in total over the 3 week period the moon was there.
  • Over 200,000 people visited the artwork when it was presented in the Beijing Olympic Swimming pool.
  • When the Moon was presented in Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong for a month, it doubled the visitor numbers from 50,000 to 100,000 people.
  • Over 250,000 people experienced the artwork when it toured India with the British Council.
  • On Instagram over 50,000 images have been posted with #MuseumOfTheMoon
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