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Museum of the Moon at Durham Cathedral

13 September - 11 November 2021

See the cathedral nave in a whole new light with Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon.

An awe-inspiring art installation

The seven metre diameter installation uses detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, and is internally lit to cast an other-worldly glow on the cathedral's vaulted ceiling and colossal pillars. A surround sound composition completes the immersive experience, created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Durham Cathedral is grateful to the Friends of Durham Cathedral for their generous support of the installation.

Experience the Moon

See Museum of the Moon during normal opening hours. No admission cost or tickets needed. It takes £5 every minute to care for the cathedral's buildings, so please consider making a £5 donation when you visit.

For an unforgettable experience book to see the Moon at night, meet the artist or dance beneath the Moon at a silent disco. Find the full events programme below.

#MuseumOfTheMoon

We would love to see your photographs of the Moon. Share your reflections, feelings and thoughts about the installation with us on social media, using #MuseumOfTheMoon. We’ll be sharing as many as we can across our social media feeds.

Frequently asked questions

Will I need to queue to see Museum of the Moon?

During busy periods and on event days you may need to queue outside the cathedral for up to 20 minutes. Please dress for the weather conditions to ensure that you are comfortable while you wait. If you’re attending a ticketed event, please have your tickets ready to show (either on a phone or printed), to help us keep the queue moving quickly.

I have a query about tickets for one of the moon-themed events, who should I contact?

If you have any questions about or issues with booking tickets please contact our Visitor Experience team at: visitor.desk@durhamcathedral.co.uk. Please bear in mind that our team members are dealing with high volumes of queries at the moment and it may take longer than usual to respond to your email.

I need to amend or request a refund on my ticket booking for one of the moon-themed events, can you help me?

Yes, to amend a ticket booking or request a refund, prior to the date of the event, please contact our Visitor Experience team at: visitor.desk@durhamcathedral.co.uk. Please bear in mind that our team members are dealing with high volumes of queries at the moment and it may take longer than usual to respond to your email.

Can I photograph Museum of the Moon?

Yes, please feel free to take photographs of the installation using a hand held camera or mobile phone camera. We politely ask that you refrain from using flash photography, tripods and selfie sticks so that everyone can enjoy their experience to the full.

Do I need to wear a face covering to see Museum of the Moon?

We encourage people to wear a face covering whilst inside the cathedral. If you are climbing the tower as part of a moon-themed event, you will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt).

I’ve booked to see Museum of the Moon at night, what do I need to know?

To ensure that your evening trip to the cathedral is as enjoyable as possible, the toilets, cloister, shop and restaurant will be open late. Please be aware that some areas of the cathedral will be dimly lit during the evenings.