Ryan Gosling plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in the film, “First Man.” COURTESY PHOTO

Ryan Gosling plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in the film, “First Man.” COURTESY PHOTO

Museum of Flight hosts exclusive display of costumes and props from the new feature film

  • Monday, October 8, 2018 4:20pm
  • Life

The Museum of Flight presents a special collection of costumes and properties used in the making of Universal Studio’s blockbuster movie, “First Man.”

The movie and the exhibit, Behind the Scenes of First Man, open Friday, Oct. 12, at the museum, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle.

The Museum of Flight has been associated with “First Man” filmmakers and distributor Universal Studios since production started in 2017. The partnership resulted in the premiere exhibition that includes costumes worn by actors Ryan Gosling (as Neil Armstrong), Claire Foy (as Janet Armstrong) and Corey Stoll (as Buzz Aldrin). The collection also includes models, ID badges and filmed commentaries with the actors. Behind the Scenes of First Man runs through Thursday, Dec. 20.

Artifacts from the 1960s Space Race and the Apollo missions are on display in the Museum’s APOLLO exhibit, which will close temporarily on Jan. 2 for the installation of Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, open from April 13 to Sept. 2. The 50th anniversary of the Moon landing is July 20, 2019.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle is one of four museums in the U.S., and in the world, that will host Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The special exhibition features the Apollo 11 command module Columbia, the only portion of the historic spacecraft to complete the first mission to land men on the Moon and safely return them to Earth, as well as more than 20 one-of-a-kind artifacts from the historic mission.

“First Man,” the Movie

The movie, based on James R. Hansen’s book, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” is the first Hollywood feature about the global hero whose dangerous mission to the Moon and “small step” forever changed humanity’s bonds with Earth and space.

Armstrong developed a close kinship to the author of his biography, who serves as a co-producer on the film, which allowed the production to move forward. “Neil thought that as long as we followed the blueprint that Jim provided, he was comfortable with us making this film,” said “First Man” producer Wyck Godfrey.

Academy Award winning-director (“La La Land”) Damien Chazelle, Academy Award-winning screenwriter (“The Post,” “Spotlight”) Josh Singer and “First Man’s” stellar production team, cast and crew collaborated with Armstrong’s family, his biographer, NASA, Apollo engineers and Apollo astronauts to make an authentic and gripping portrayal of the astronaut’s personal and immeasurably public journey.

About the museum

The Museum of Flight is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $24 on-site and $22 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $15 on-site and $14 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $20 on-site and $19 online. Groups of 10 or more: $22 per adult, $14 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. Parking is free. There is a full lunch menu café in the museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick‘s. For more information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit museumofflight.org.


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