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Dorset Moon featuring Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon

Dorset Moon Art Installation


Dorset Moon, the summer season spectacle starring installation artist Luke Jerram’s renowned Museum of the Moon, which opens on Friday 28 June has been forced to head inside  to St. Peter’s Church.

By using the poplar trees to hang the Moon there are strict wind speed limitations. With the forecast being for a hot and breezy weekend this decision has been made in order to preserve the trees in Central Gardens, for public safety and to ensure everyone can still see the Moon over the whole weekend. The decision was made to move the monumental, seven-metre diameter moon sculpture, indoors to St. Peter’s Church, Hinton Road, Bournemouth BH1 2EE rather than lose the amazing opportunity to see an iconic work of art and the planned supporting programme. Some minor changes have been made to the programme which is online at

To celebrate fifty years since the first moon landing Dorset Moon is happening in three locations across Dorset chosen to encapsulate the county’s distinctive blend of coastal, rural and urban.

“This is a wonderful event and Dorset Moon is proud to be playing a part in marking one of the landmark moments in the development of mankind, but public safety has to be of paramount importance,” says Dorset Moon producer Dom Kippin “Moving the spectacle indoors means the show can still go on with the audience and the artwork and audiences safe”



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

At its heart 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 stunning audiences all over the world Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Museum makes its Dorset debut in three stunning 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.

Dorset Moon is produced by the Dorset Festivals Consortium: Inside Out Dorset (produced by Activate), b-side and Bournemouth Arts By the Sea. Commissioned by the Arts Development Company with funding from European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.

This stunning illuminated will land...

Bournemouth  28 - 30 June

Sherbourne Abbey 5-7 July

Nothe Fort Weymouth 12 - 14 July

Attending the event is free. 

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 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. It truly is an incredible experience.

An internationally acclaimed art installation that has travelled the globe is coming to Dorset for the first time in the 50th anniversary year of the first moon landing.

Please note a fourth weekend of community events – ‘Moonbury Rings’ – featuring Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will take place in Dorchester, from 19-21 July. Although this is funded separately, Dorset Moon is working with Dorchester Town Council to make all four weekends as impactful as possible for Dorset.

‘I am delighted that we will be bringing Luke Jerram’s incredible work to Dorset for the first time and creating a series of extraordinary events in extraordinary places with colleagues from across Dorset.’ Kate Wood, Activate

“The Arts by the Sea festival is really excited to be hosting what will be a magical experience with Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon and a range of other events in Bournemouth’s beautiful Central Gardens. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for visitors to follow the moon across the county and see it in a variety of amazing Dorset locations.” Andrea Francis, Director

"b-side is excited to be part of this incredible three festival mega event and cannot wait to welcome artist Luke Jerram to Dorset with his 'Museum of the Moon' alongside some amazing local talent in three beautiful Dorset locations showcasing this county's breath-taking coastline, landscape and unique culture and heritage." Alan Rogers, Executive Director

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  • Dorset Moon
St Peter's Church
Hinton Rd

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Dorset Moon has been forced to head inside to St. Peter’s Church, due to weather warnings. St. Peter's Church is located at the bottom of St Peter's Road in Bournemouth Centre. Just opposite Beales and the Mary Shelley Pub.

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