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Museum of the Moon

The Museum of the Moon is in Derby Cathedral from Monday, 16th September until Sunday, 6th October.

This includes Derby Festé, on 27th and 28th September and this year's theme of Moon, Space and Tides.

This stunning installation combines sounds and light to bring you a fascinating glimpse of our nearest neighbour and is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

It fuses lunar imagery, moonlight and a wonderful surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Derby Cathedral would like to thank Derby Festé and Déda for their help in bringing the Museum of the Moon to Derby.

>> Download: The Museum of the Moon leaflet [PDF]

Opening times

Derby Cathedral will be open each day from 9 am until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm) every day for you to come and see Museum of the Moon for yourself.

However, please be aware that services in the Cathedral will continue as normal. During the services, you may be asked to respect periods of quiet or silence - though of course you are also welcome to join any of our services while you are visiting.

Please note:
The Cathedral will  be closed on Tuesday, 17th September between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm.
There will be ticket-only access on the evening of Wednesday, 25th September for the D-Day Darlings concert (see below).
Access will also be restricted during the two Bishop's Badge services on Sunday, 22nd and Sunday, 29th September between 3pm and 4.30pm, and during the Reader Licensing service on Sunday, 6th October between 3pm and 4.30pm.

There is no charge to come into the Cathedral.

Donations would be greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs and to help keep the Cathedral doors open.
Donations can be made in cash, using the wooden collection boxes, or by card, using the contactless card station - both can be found at the back of the Cathedral.

Moon Facts

  • The Museum of the Moon in Derby Cathedral measures 7 metres in diameter.
  • The moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.  
  • The sacle of the moon is approximately 1:500,000, so each centimetre of the internally lit, spherical sculpture represents 5 km of the Moon’s surface!
  • It is made from a fire-resistant, white fabric with the imagery printed onto its surface.
  • To keep the moon inflated, it has a small fan embedded into its north pole.
  • Once inflated, it weighs 40 kg.
  • To date, 17,000 images have been posted on Instagram.  Help us make it 18,000 by using #Museumofthemoon

Moon activities

Tuesday 17th September, 6.45pm
Mindfulness Under the Moon - SOLD OUT

Experience a once-in-a life-time opportunity of a guided mindfulness session under Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, in the stunning setting of Derby Cathedral.

Come relax, unwind and find that peace within as the mind rests and relaxes with certified Mindfulness tutor Pam Sidhu.

With a relaxed mind we will then experience the present moment by bringing our awareness into the here and now using a range of Mindfulness techniques including a guided meditation.

Please contact Deda Box Office for more information - 01332 370911


Friday 20th September, 7pm
Poetry Event with Trevor Wright


DDDs 5685Wednesday 25th September, 7pm
The D-Day Darlings

Britain’s Got Talent finalists, the D-Day Darlings, will be here to perform under the Moon!
Tickets are only £10.00 and available from
Fully licensed bar also available.


Friday 27th September, 6pm
One Moon

Would you like to be part of something really special at Derby Festé this year, celebrating our humanity and diversity?

We are all humans living under One Moon!

Hubbub, along with 200 people from Derby communities will come together to create a ‘Human Wave of Connection' between the Cathedral and the banks of the River Derwent.

Come and join in the Cathedral at 6pm where there will be live hang pan and cello music with Hubbub movement performance under the moon.... everyone is welcome!

We will then lead people out of the Cathedral to create the Human Wave down to the river, down which a bio-degradable mini-moon will travel.

A drumming circle and dancing will celebrate the finale of this event and the Festé evening will continue with more amazing events.

We'd love you to join us!


Saturday, 28th September

If you're in Derby for the Festé events, it's a great time to pop in and see the Museum of the Moon!

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Derby Cathedral
Centre 18-19 Iron Gate, 

Cathedral Office: 01332 341201

Cathedral Bookshop & Café : 01332 227660


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