Museum of the Moon Comes to Rievaulx Abbey


Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ will be coming to Rievaulx Abbey for four nights in September whilst the stunning ruins of the abbey will be bathed in spectacular light once again (19 – 22 September).

The abbey, nestled in a beautiful valley, at the heart of the North York Moors National Park, will be open between 7pm and 10pm to allow visitors to experience the site like never before. Coloured lights will bring out different features from the ancient stonework providing a truly alternative view whilst the moon floats above the ruins. With light, sound and the beautiful surroundings the event will connect visitors with the magic and awe experienced by monks and visitors alike when the abbey was at the height of its wealth and power.

“Simply stunning”

The moon, measuring seven metres in diameter, features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Paul Robson, Events Manager, North at English Heritage said: “Rievaulx Abbey is a beautiful site whatever the season but in the dusk with the lights shining on it and Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon within the ruins, it will be simply stunning. We are providing a free shuttle bus service from Helmsley to make it easier for visitors to join us for an unforgettable evening of light and sound. We’ll have marshmallows in a fire-pit, hot chocolate and our popular café will be open for light meals and snacks too.”

The shuttle bus service will run from Helmsley and visitors are asked to make use of this free service as parking at Rievaulx is limited to Blue Badge holders. Pre-booking is essential.

Tickets can be purchased online, in the Abbey shop or by calling the dedicated sales team on 0370 333 1183


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