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NASA provides a number of lunar samples for display at museums, planetariums, and scientific expositions around the world. Lunar displays are open to the public.

Display History

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew was launched into space from NASA's Kennedy Spacecraft Center, Florida. This was the first lunar mission with the primary goal of landing men on the Moon and safely returning them back to the earth. The Apollo 11 astronauts performed scientific experiments and collected rock and soil samples during their 2 hour and 14 minute exploration of the lunar surface.

During the Apollo program, which ended in December 1972, the United States successfully brought back lunar samples to Earth. These missions were Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17. From September 1970 to August 1976, Russia returned lunar samples during three unmanned missions: Luna 16, 21, 24.

NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, provides lunar samples to laboratories and institutions of higher learning for scientific experimentation and education. In addition to these samples, NASA provides a number of lunar samples for display at museums, planetariums, and scientific expositions around the world. Lunar displays are open to the public.

Complete List of Lunar Sample Displays

The complete lunar sample display list is available for download as a PDF file.

Ambassador of Exploration Awards

Ceremony Date Ambassador Museum/Learning Institution
May 11, 2005 Eugene Cernan National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensecola, FL
July 12, 2005 Tom Stafford Stafford Air & Space Museum, Weatherford, OK
July 20,2005 John Young Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston,TX
October 7,2005 Walter Cunningham Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX
November 16,2005 Walter Schirra San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego, CA
November 19,2005 Richard Gordon Museum of Flight,Seattle, WA
January 20-21,2006 Vance Brand Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO
February 5, 2006 Edgar Mitchell South Florida Science Museum, West Palm Beach, FL
February 9, 2006 Mike Collins Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY
February 9,2006 Stuart A. Roosa U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Titusville, FL
February 20,2006 John H. Glenn The John Glenn Institute, Columbus, OH
February 22, 2006 Donald K.Slayton Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike Museum, Sparta, WI
February 28, 2006 Walter Cronkite The Center for American History
March 25,2006 Buzz Aldrin California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA
April18,2006 Neil Armstrong Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH
May 8,2006 Frank Borman PIMA Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ
May 8,2006 Charles Duke Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg, FL
September 3,2006 Christopher Kraft, Jr. Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA
October 6,2006 James A McDivitt University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
November 18,2006 Pete Conrad Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA
September 28, 2007 Guss Grissom Epcot Museum,Orlando, FL
October 5-6,2007 Roger Chaffee Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
October 23,2007 Donald Eisele Broward Public Library, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
November 10, 2007 M. Scott Carpenter Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO
December 6, 2007 Gene Kranz Toledo Central Catholic High School, Toledo,OH
May 24,2008 Jack Swigert Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum,CO
March 26, 2009 Thomas K. Mattingly Auburn University,  AL
April 3,2009 James A. Lovell Patuxent Air and Naval Museum, MD
July 30,2009 Alfred Worden KSC Visitor Center, FL
December 2,2009 Fred W. Haise Biloxi Forenflo Elementary School, Biloxi, MS
October 10,2009 Kennedy Family Rice University, Houston, TX

Lunar Sample Displays in Australia

Full List of Display Locations in Australia

Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex
421 Discovery Drive
Paddys River
ACT 2620, Australia

Phone: 61-2-6201-7880

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 11 Lunar Sample 10072,80.

Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris Street Ultimo
Haymarket, Sydney
NSW 1238, Australia

Phone: 61-2-9217-0111

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 61016,116.

Lunar Sample Displays in Austria

Full List of Display Locations in Austria

United Nations, Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria


Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15459,6.

Lunar Sample Displays in Canada

Full List of Display Locations in Canada

H.R. McMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, BC
V6J 3J9 CANADA

Phone: 1(604) 738-7827

Displays:

  • Touchstone display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70215,263.

Spaceport - Calgary Airport Authority
2000 Airport Road, NE
Calgary, AB
T2E 6W5 CANADA

Phone: 1(403) 717-7678

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 60015,86.

Camp Spatial Canada
2150 Autoroute des Laurentides
Laval, QC
H7T 2T8 CANADA

Phone: 1(450) 978-3600

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15545,87.

Telus World of Science, Edmonton
11211 - 142 Street
Edmonton, AB
T5M 4A1 CANADA

Phone: 1(403) 451-3344

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,791.

Ontario Science Center
770 Don Mills Road
North York, ON
M3C 1T3 CANADA

Phone: 1(416) 696-1000

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15075,25.

Lunar Sample Displays in Denmark

Full List of Display Locations in Denmark

Tycho Brahe Planetarium
Gammel Kongevej 10
DK-1610 Copenhagen, DENMARK

Phone: 011 (45) 33 12 1224

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 75015,53.

Lunar Sample Displays in France

Full List of Display Locations in France

Cite de L'Espace
8 Avenue Jean Gonord
BP 25855
31506 Toulouse Cedex 5 FRANCE

Phone: 33 5 62 71 64 84

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15499,10.

Lunar Sample Displays in Germany

Full List of Display Locations in Germany

Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Trebbiner Str. 9
D10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany

Phone: 49 30-9025484-0

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 76015,143.

Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany)
Willy-Brandt-Allee 14
53113 Bonn, GERMANY

Phone: 011 49-228-91 65-269

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 12 Lunar Sample 12055,32.

Rieskrater Museum Nördlingen (Ries Crater Museum)
Eugene - Shoemaker-Platz 1
86720 Nördlingen, GERMANY

Phone: 49 (0) 9081-27 38 22-0

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 66075,26.

Lunar Sample Displays in Japan

Full List of Display Locations in Japan

Space World
Higashida 4-1-1
Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu-shi
Fukuoka 805-0071 JAPAN

Phone: 81-93-672-3675

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 12 Lunar Sample 12006,1.

Lunar Sample Displays in Mexico

Full List of Display Locations in Mexico

Universum, Museo de las Ciencias de la UNAM
Circuito Cultural de Ciudad Universitaria, UNAM
Coyoacán C.P.
04510 Mexico, D.F., MEXICO

Phone: 01 55 5622 7260

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 11 Lunar Sample 10045,19.
  • Touchstone display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70215,286.

Lunar Sample Displays in Netherlands

Full List of Display Locations in Netherlands

Noordwijk Space Expo
Keplerlaan 3
2201 AZ Noordwijk Zh, NETHERLANDS

Phone: +31 90087654321

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 77035,99.

Lunar Sample Displays in Philippines

Full List of Display Locations in Philippines

Museo Pambata
Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive
Manila, PHILIPPINES

Phone: (632) 523-1797

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 12 Lunar Sample 12055,37.

Lunar Sample Displays in Switzerland

Full List of Display Locations in Switzerland

World Intellectual Property Organization
Chemin des Colombettes 34
1211 Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Phone: +41 22 338 91 11

Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,766.

Lunar Sample Displays in United Kingdom

Full List of Display Locations in United Kingdom

National Museum of Wales
Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NP UNITED KINGDOM

Phone: +44 29 2039 7951

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 12 Lunar Sample 12022,92.

National Space Science Centre
Mansion House
41 Guildhall Lane, Leicester
LE15FQ UNITED KINGDOM

Phone: 0116 253 0811

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 74255,14.

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London
SW7 5BD, UNITED KINGDOM

Phone: +44 (0)20 7942 5011

Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 60015,87.

Lunar Sample Displays in United States of America

Full List of Display Locations in United States of America

U.S. Space and Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805

Phone: (256) 837-3400

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 12 Lunar Sample 12065,15.

Anchorage Museum at Rassmusen Center
625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501


Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,919.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743-8918

Phone: (520) 883-1380

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 75015,54.

Ames Research Center Visitor Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: (650) 604-9000

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15075,68.

California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118-9961

Phone: 1-800-794-7576 / (415) 750-7111

Displays:

  • Thin Section display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70035,18.
  • Glass display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70035,69.

Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

Phone: (510) 336-7491

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,879.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone: (818) 354-4321

Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 14 Lunar Sample 14310,221.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Phone: (312) 664-1181

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 14 Lunar Sample 14321,1810.

The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Phone: (714) 993-3393

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,160.

University of Colorado Heritage Center
Old Main Building
University Avenue
Boulder, CO 80309-0459

Phone: (303) 492-6329

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,884.

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
1310 Maple Street
Golden, CO 80401


Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,916.

National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 857-7588

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 12 Lunar Sample 12053,93.

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution
6th & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560

Phone: (202) 357-1400 / (202) 357-1505 (TTY)

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15016,20.
  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 60025,53.
  • Soil display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70051,55.
  • Touchstone display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70215,84.
  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 79135,102.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
10th & Constitution Ave.
Washington, DC 20560-0119

Phone: 202-357-2700 / TTY 202-357-1729

Displays:

  • Thin Section display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15459,19.
  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15459,447.
  • Thin Section display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,210.
  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,880.
  • Glass display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 60025,54.
  • Thin Section display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 60025,126.
  • Glass display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 67915,276.
  • Thin Section display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 67915,302.
  • Soil display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70051,51.

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, DC 20016

Phone: (202) 537-6200

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 11 Lunar Sample 10057,230.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
State Rd 405
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

Phone: (800) 572-4636 (Fla. only) / (407) 452-2121

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15058,187.
  • Display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70035,40.
  • Touchstone display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70215,287.

Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center
Kona International Airport
Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

Phone: (808) 329-3441

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 74255,38.

Chicago Tribune Tower
435 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611


Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15499,67.

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: 312-922- STAR (7827) / TTY: 312-322-0995

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,767.

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street & Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637-2093

Phone: (773) 684-1414

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 79155,10.

Indiana State Museum
650 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 232-1637

Displays:

  • Glass Display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 60025,821.

Eisenhower Library
200 Southeast 4th Street
Abilene, KS 67410

Phone: (785) 263-4751

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,461.

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
1100 North Plum
Hutchinson, KS 67501-1499

Phone: (316) 662-2305 / (800) 397-0330

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 11 Lunar Sample 10020,57.
  • Display of Apollo 12 Surveyor Scoop with Lunar Dust Sample 12029,25.

Goddard Space Flight Center (VC)
Explorer Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: (301) 286-8101 / (301) 286-8103 (TDD)

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 14 Lunar Sample 14310,215.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
200 William T. Morrissey Blvd. Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

Phone: (617) 929-4500

Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,50.

Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum
2111 Emmons Road
Jackson, MI 49201


Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,54.
  • Thin section display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,170.

Stennis Space Center (VC)
Stennis Space Center
Bldg 1200
NSTL Station, MS 39529

Phone: (228) 688-2370

Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15015,80.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Phone: (505) 841-2800

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 71566,4.

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Highway 2001
Alamogordo, NM 88311-0533

Phone: (505) 437-2840

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70215,93.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192

Phone: (212)-769-5200

Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 14 Lunar Sample 14305,30.
  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15475,134.
  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 60015,179.
  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70035,57.

U.S. Mission to The United Nations
1st Avenue & E. 45th
New York, NY 10017
799 United Nations Plaza

Phone: (212) 963-8687

Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 14 Lunar Sample 14321,86.

North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
433 Murray Avenue
Durham, NC 27704

Phone: (919) 220-5429

Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15459,173.

Great Lakes Science Center, Glenn Research Center Visitor Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114


Displays:

  • Display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15015,79.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
University Circle
Cleveland, OH 44106-1767

Phone: 1-800-317-9155 / (216) 231-4600

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 12 Lunar Sample 12055,35.

Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum
500 South Apollo Drive
Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895

Phone: (419) 738-8811

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 11 Lunar Sample 10017,37.

United States Air Force Museum
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB
Dayton, OH 45433-7102

Phone: (937) 255-3286

Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 67455,1.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1194

Phone: (215) 448-1200

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,463.

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais St.
Columbia, SC 29202-3107

Phone: (803) 898-4921

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 16 Lunar Sample 60015,177.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Herman Circle Dr.
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: (713) 639-IMAX or (713) 639-4600

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 12 Lunar Sample 12018,13.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum
2313 Red River
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 916-5136

Phone: (713) 639-IMAX or (713) 639-4600

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,161.

Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
(512) 916-5136

Phone: (281) 244-2105

Displays:

  • Touchstone display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70215,238.

Clark Planetarium
110 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1145
(512) 916-5136

Phone: (801) 456-7827

Displays:

  • Thin Section display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,244.
  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 15 Lunar Sample 15555,464.

Virginia Air and Space Center
600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 23669-4033

Phone: (801) 296-0800 / (757) 727-0900

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70017,138.

Wallops Flight Facility (VC)
Wallops Island, VA 23337
Phone: (757) 824-1344 / (757) 824-2298

Displays:

  • Encapsulated display of Apollo 17 Lunar Sample 70035,59.

Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108

Phone: (206) 764-5700 / (206) 764-5720

Displays:

  • Glass display of Apollo 12 Lunar Sample 12047,6.