Dorset Moon - Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon

Dorset Moon featuring Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon

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Fifty years on from the first moon landing, our Inside Out Dorset Festival has joined forces with b-side and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea to present Dorset Moon, an exciting new addition to the 2019 Summer calendar.

If you thought the moon was out of reach, then it’s time to think again. This moon has travelled all over the world and has wowed thousands, now Luke Jerram’s internationally acclaimed Museum of the Moon is touching down in Dorset this Summer as part of Dorset Moon; the exciting new arts event for summer 2019.

The centrepiece to Dorset Moon events is Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, an astounding seven metre diameter spherical sculpture on which each centimetre represents five kilometres of the moon surface. This incredible installation is a fusion of large-scale NASA lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound audio created by Ivor Novello Award and BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones.

After inspiring audiences across the globe, Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Museum makes its Dorset debut in three extraordinary locations where, by the light of the mesmerising moonglow, a full programme of lunar-inspired events will create an experience that’s out of this world. The full bill has yet to be finalised, but will include newly commissioned dance, a silent disco, abbey choirs and yoga under the moon.

Dorset Moon is presented by the Dorset Festivals Consortium: 

  • Inside Out Dorset (produced by Activate)
  • b-side 
  • Bournemouth Arts By the Sea

Commissioned by the Arts Development Company with funding from European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.

Visit our dedicated Dorset Moon website for all the latest moon events and news -


The stunning locations are:

  • Central Gardens, Bournemouth  -  28 to 30 June.
     An award-winning Grade II listed park in the centre of a vibrant and diverse University hub.  
  • Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne  -  5 to 7 July.
    A spectacular abbey with a world-class interior known as 'The Cathedral Of Dorset', central to the quintessential rural Dorset town of Sherborne. 
  • Nothe Fort, Weymouth  -  12 to 14 July.
    A historical fort on the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast.


All events are Family Friendly

Set in extraordinary locations that merit further exploration

A varied programme of free events will be offered at each location

The spectacular venues really add to what will be, a stunning visual experiences for the whole family to enjoy. A perfect reason to linger in beautiful part of England’s world-renowned South Coast.

Visit: Dorset Moon, a special website created to keep you udated with all of the latest news and events linked to Museum of the Moon. The website will launch sometime in January 2019.


Luke Jerram’s Museum on the Moon


Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface*.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Each venue also programmes their own series lunar inspired events beneath the moon.

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 night time 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.

Museum of the Moon allows us to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world and consider the latest moon science. Depending on where the artwork is presented, its meaning and interpretation will shift. Through local research at each location of the artwork, new stories and meanings will be collected and compared from one presentation to the next.



Museum of the Moon has been co-commissioned by several creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-BristolKimmel CenterLakes AliveProvincial Domain DommelhofBrighton FestivalGreenwich+Docklands International FestivalWithout WallsLes Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes and Cork Midsummer Festival. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space AgencyUniversity of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres