A woman standing under Museum of the Moon
The Museum of the Moon in Bengaluru.

The Moon

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon is touring India all this month! The art work measures seven metres in diameter and features detailed imagery of the surface of the moon. 

Each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors. The Moon will travel across India to five locations over this month.

As the Moon travels around the world it will gather ongoing collection of personal responses and stories, as well as highlighting the latest moon science. 

Visit the Moon

The Museum of the Moon has been to Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Udaipur, and now it's come to Kolkata at the iconic Victoria Memorial hall!

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An image of Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon
Photo by @edsimmons_ @visitgreenwich
Luke Jerram said, "We are thrilled to be in India and would love to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences while simultaneously also considering the latest moon science in the country. The India visit of the Museum is not only an opportunity for the public to have a close experience with the moon, but also for us to get a deeper understanding of the moon’s cultural significance in the country”.

Symbolism of the Moon

India is a country of many festivals and religious observances, mostly mapped out against a lunar calendar. The important dates shift every year as the moon makes its way around the Earth. The moon features as a thing of cultural importance, from Gods to markers in time.

In Hinduism (India's predominant religion), Chandra is the moon God who is believed to be the one who causes the plants and the crops to grow. While Amavasya, the night of the new moon is considered an important time. Many significant events are observed on it, like Diwali, the festival of lights.

The Museum of the Moon will be a chance for the whole country to reflect on the Moon and what it means to them.

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