Museum of the Moon is an amazing lunar art installation by international artist Luke Jerram. As night falls, a 7 metre wide fusion of lunar imagery and moonlight, suspended high in the ruins of Tintern Abbey, will be illuminated, accompanied by a surround sound composition from BAFTA and Ivor Novella award-winning composer Dan Jones. Using imagery from NASA, each centimetre of the sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
The Museum of the Moon will be presented at the iconic Tintern Abbey, in partnership with Cadw, 14- 20th of May 2018.
This isn’t the first time the moon has drawn visitors to the Abbey from far and wide. After the Wye Valley railway opened in 1876 Tintern Abbey became a very fashionable destination, especially to see the harvest moon, rising through the Abbey’s rose window. It was a spectacle that attracted thousands of visitors in the 1880s.
Under One Sky
Take a look at some of the Museum of the Moon fringe events happening in Tintern.
Moon talk – 15th May 7.30pm
Join Tintern Philosophy Circle for a ‘Moon talk’ at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, before visiting the Museum of the Moon
Pilgrimage walks to the moon – 16th May
The Abbey has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries, attracting visitors long after its religious life ended when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries. Why not join one of our ‘pilgrimage’ walks to the Abbey to see the moon on 16th May? Choose how far you would like to walk on our three ‘pilgrimages to the moon’.
Walk 1 from the Kymin near Monmouth Starts 11 am (Meet Wireworks Carpark, Tintern)
Led by Abergavenny Walkers are Welcome and Sara and Martin Szwer from The Kymin Suitable for keen walkers, this 11 mile walk follows Offa’s Dyke path and then the river Wye down to the Abbey. Sara and Martin will be pointing out highlights along the way and providing some interesting facts about pilgrimage in the past.Try out one of our traditional hazel walking staves made by Wye Valley AONB Youth Rangers. Short comfort break at Lindors Hotel where you can purchase refreshments or picnic in the grounds.
Ticket (£7) includes pilgrimage walk, pilgrim’s soup supper at Tintern Village Hall, evening entry to the Museum of the Moon and transport from Tintern to the start of the walk.
Walk 2 from Chepstow Starts 3pm (Meet Wireworks Carpark, Tintern)
Led by Chepstow Walkers are Welcome, this 6 mile walk follows the Wye Valley Walk upstream to the Abbey, passing the glorious Eagle’s Nest viewpoint.
Ticket (£7) includes pilgrimage walk, soup supper at Tintern Village Hall, evening entry to the Museum of the Moon and transport from Tintern to the walk start.
Walk 3 from Brockweir Starts 5pm (Meet at Tintern Abbey Carpark)
Join a gentle amble from the old port of Brockweir down river for 1 ½ miles, passing the ancient church of St Michaels on the way to the Abbey.Try out one of our traditional hazel walking staves made by Wye Valley AONB Youth Rangers. Led by Monmouth Walkers are Welcome.
Ticket (Adult £6, Child £3.80, Family £15) includes pilgrimage walk, pilgrim’s soup supper at Tintern Village Hall, evening entry to the Museum of the Moon and transport from Tintern to the start of the walk.
Passing the Baton – 17th May 7.30pm
Enjoy live music and magical theatre in the ruins of Tintern Abbey before visiting the Museum of the Moon. Passing the Baton, a new production by locally based arts organisation Wyldwood Arts, is a beautiful, heart-felt show suitable for all ages.
Standard ticket price includes entry to the Moon! Adult £3.80, Child £3.00, Family £12.00.
Picnic night in the Abbey – 18th May 6.30 – 10.00pm
As John Byng wrote in the late 18th century, ‘The way to enjoy Tintern Abbey properly… is to bring wines, cold meat, with corn for the horses; bread, beer, cyder, and commonly salmon… and spread your table in the ruins’. So join the community of Tintern at a wonderful ‘under one sky’ picnic to celebrate the Museum of the Moon visiting Tintern Abbey. Bring a picnic, or visit the food stalls on site, and enjoy an evening of entertainment in the grounds of the Abbey, including the Singing Club, the Ronaldos and ‘Heart to Hart’ Festival show. As darkness falls visit the Museum of the Moon and immerse yourself in the magic of the Wye Valley.
Adult £6.00, Child £3.00, Family £15.00
Moon Bathing – 20th May 7pm
Indulge in a spot of moon bathing amongst the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey. Meditations on the Moon is a guided meditation with Helen Stott. Reconnect yourself to the lunar energies! Poetry readings in English and Welsh by Grahame Davies. Ticket price includes entry to the Museum of the Moon. £6 Chairs provided.