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The Museum of the Moon is Coming to Preston

A breathtaking, three dimensional moon is to be hung in the iconic Harris Museum in Preston.

A short walk from Preston’s Old, Grade-II listed post office – which is set to be transformed into a luscious hotel – The Museum of the Moon is a must see event in 2019.

Bellow, we’ve previewed what is sure to be an amazing spectacle.

The Museum of the Moon

The spectacular moon is set to be suspended in the centre of an equally spectacular building: The Harris Museum. The enormous orb is in the midst of a world tour and has mesmerised thousands of people across the world. And now it is coming to Preston.

The moon is made using NASA imagery and combines the moons vivid beam with music – which has been composed by Ivor Novello award winning Composer Daniel Jones – to create a complete cinematic experience.

Extremely creative is Luke Jerram, the architect behind this remarkable image. His work includes Play Me I’m Yours, an urban piano display which has been seen in more than 55 countries, a 300ft water slide in Bristol, and Sky Orchestra which featured seven musical hot air balloons. Nevertheless, Jerram’s Museum of the Moon is one of, if not the best project he has undertaken.

“We are overjoyed to have this incredible artwork on show for visitors to see” said Peter Kelly, cabinet member for leisure and culture. “Hosting an installation of such international repute is a fantastic opportunity for the Harris Museum and Preston.”

A programme of luna-inspired events will follow the Museum of the Moon, including live music, science demonstrations, motivational talks and creative workshops.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery

In Preston, the groundbreaking idea of creating a public library and museum had been championed since 1877, making the Harris Museum and Art Gallery the ideal destination in which to house such a remarkable event.

Designed by Prestonian architect James Hibbert, the Harris Museum combines a Neo-Classical style with Gothic architecture – making the museum the ideal place to hang the somewhat uncanny moon.

Hibbert’s contemporaries felt that if classical architecture were viewed by the public it would have a rousing impact – much like what the organisers hope to generate with The Museum of the Moon.

The mosaic walkways and archaic columns reflect classical influences from Ancient Greece and Egypt. Interestingly, the Egyptians worshiped Khonshu, the god of the moon and, ironically, his name means “traveler” in Arabic, which is quite fitting considering The Museum of the Moon has traveled so much.

The Shankly Preston


We at Signature Living are looking forward to celebrating everything Preston has to say and do. We also can’t wait to continue the story of The Old Post Office and do what we do best by reviving it for public use. With plans for The Shankly Preston well underway, make sure you keep up with the latest news by check back soon to our blog or staying in the loop on Facebook.

In the meantime, why not take a look inside the hotel’s upcoming bar and restaurant? You certainly won’t be disappointed.