MSI Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 8 Mission With New 'Moon Room 1968' Exhibit

The exhibit brings guests inside Jim Lovell's living room

Mike Krauser
December 06, 2018 - 1:01 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission to orbit the moon with an exhibit that draws from the living room of one the astronauts. 

They call it Moon Room 1968. 

Anne Rashford, Director of Special Exhibitions, said it takes you back in time. 

“We were looking at some old photos and we saw some great pictures of Jim Lovell’s family, actually his wife and children watching television.  Why not recreate that moment," she said.   

The vintage TV shows a broadcast of the mission. 

On the TV we hear,  “this transmission is coming to you from halfway between the moon and earth.”

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“I think everyone really came together with their family and friends to watch that moment,” Rashford said.

All of the decor, furniture, lighting and stuff on the shelves is from 1968.   

“When you come in you see this spectacular 1968 living room with this great sectional and little nuggets from a different era on the book shelf."

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There's Lite Brite, Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots, manual typewriters, rotary phones and record players.  

"This was a blast to put together," Rashford said. 

The Museum also has the actual Apollo 8 capsule nearby.