Downtown Concierge

One Small Step: Neil Armstrong Exhibit


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Great Ohioan Neil ArmstrongOn July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took one small step. Now, as America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Ohioans can commemorate the giant leap for mankind at an exhibit honoring this great Ohioan. And, you’ll find the exhibit right downtown at the Ohio Statehouse. The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board partnered with the Auglaize County Historical Society, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and Ohio History Connection to curate the exhibit. “One Small Step, One Giant Leap” looks at Armstrong’s life, from his childhood in Wapakoneta to Apollo 11 and after.

So, you’ll want to come see the collection of artifacts that tell Armstrong’s story, from Ohio to NASA to the moon and around the world. First, explore Armstrong’s early days as a young boy in Ohio who fell in love with flying. Then, check out the Apollo artifacts like heat shields from the Apollo 7 and 8 spacecrafts. Finally, study the collection of mementos from the world tour taken by Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins following their tremendous achievement. Also, because some items are light and temperature sensitive, artifacts will be swapped out for new items in April. So, consider visiting the exhibit before and after to catch everything.

One Small Step, Once Giant Leap Exhibit Details

  • January 17 - July 31
  • The Ohio Statehouse, Map Room
  • Take a guided tour of the Ohio Statehouse, Monday - Friday, departing on the hour between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at between 12 - 3 p.m.

The Ohio Statehouse sits in the heart of downtown on Capitol Square. When you come to visit, be sure to check out the surrounding grounds as well. And, grab a bite to eat at a local favorite like Graze, Market 65, Lexi’s on Third or Ringside Cafe, or check out the Downtown Concierge for more ideas.