Queensland Museum’s largest ever exhibition, NASA – A Human Adventure, is in orbit and already breaking records, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch has announced.
“It’s clear that people have a real fascination of space and exploration, and the stories that come with it,” she said.
“This exhibition was breaking records before it even opened with people booking tickets months in advance.
“In just over a month, more than 50,000 visitors of all ages have taken the journey through space since the exhibition opened,” Ms Enoch said.
“During last month’s World Science Festival Brisbane, 3362 people visited NASA – A Human Adventure on 23 March – it was the largest visitation to a paid exhibition in one day at Queensland Museum.
“The exhibition’s popularity is still soaring these school holidays. In the first week nearly 3000 space-enthusiasts visited the exhibition and participated in the space themed school holiday program.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said NASA – A Human Adventure would help to drive visitors to Brisbane and support the local tourism industry.
“Hosting blockbusters like last month’s World Science Festival Brisbane and the NASA – A Human Adventure exhibit is a testament to the fact that Queensland is a world-class destination for major events,” she said.
“We invest in major events because the attract tourists to Queensland and support local jobs. The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing events like these to boost our $25 billion tourism industry.”
Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said this is the largest exhibition to be hosted at Queensland Museum both in terms of size and the number of objects on display with more than 250 objects in the 1000sqm exhibition space.
“NASA – A Human Adventure continues to enthral visitors who are over the Moon to be learning more about mankind’s exploration of the unknown,” Dr Thompson said.
Highlights of the exhibition include several space-flown items, rocket engines, a remarkable collection of space suits, and several full scale replicas including the front section of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle, Lunar Rover, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space crafts and Soviet robotic lunar rover Lunokhod.
NASA – A Human Adventure will run at Queensland Museum until 9 October 2019.