Museum of the Moon is a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram – and it’s coming to Dorchester!


The windy British weather has led to a change of location for one part of Dorchester’s Moon landing celebrations this weekend. Luke Jerram’s Museum of The Moon will now be presented inside Dorchester’s historic Corn Exchange (on High East Street in the town centre) to ensure that the experience isn’t marred by predictions of high winds.

The Museum of The Moon will be open at Dorchester Corn Exchange from 1200 – 1700 on Friday July 19th, and 1000 – 2000 on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st. Entry is free.

All other events at Moonbury Rings will go ahead as planned. 

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.

Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

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.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.

Moon Viewing Times

Friday 19 July

Dorchester Corn Exchange

12 noon – 5pm

Saturday 20 July

Dorchester Corn Exchange

10am – 8pm

Sunday 21 July

Dorchester Corn Exchange

10am – 8pm