When we attended New York Comic Con this year for the first time, one big difference we noticed between it and San Diego Comic-Con was the lack of offsite events near the convention center. Unlike SDCC, the area surrounding NYCC didn’t turn into one big Comic Con “campus.”
However, there were a few exceptions. One of these was the Museum of the Moon exhibit that was also promoting Andy Weir’s forthcoming novel Artemis, which is about a city on the moon, the audiobook of which Rosario Dawson had narrated exclusively for Audible. It would only be open October 6-8, to coincide with NYCC 2017. We first learned about the Museum of the Moon exhibit at the Artemis panel we attended at NYCC 2017 on Thursday, October 5 that had featured Andy Weir and Rosario Dawson. The exhibit sounded interesting, but I didn’t quite catch the details about its location, and with all the other things we had planned to do while sightseeing in NYC, it had slipped my mind to look into it.
Fortunately, while walking along the river behind the Javits Center on our way to our Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise, we happened to stumble across it. It was still early and wasn’t open yet, but by the time we finished our cruise and walked back that way, it was open, so we decided to stop in.
Inside, we were treated to clips from the Artemis audiobook, as well as displays of what the character would have experienced in the book, such as the food she ate, the bed she slept in, and her space suit.
Then in the next room, there were maps of Artemis, the city on the moon.
Finally, in that room, was the grand finale of the exhibit, by UK artist Luke Jerram: a giant floating sphere-shaped display of the moon, which was an accurate representation of what the moon would look like if it was shrunk down to fit inside of that room. It was really neat to walk around it and stare up at it.
The Museum of the Moon (minus the Artemis aspect) is actually a touring exhibit that has traveled throughout the world. You can click here to read more about its tour. The next place it will be is Brussels, Belgium, November 24, 2017 through January 1, 2018. It looks like the NYC dates were the only US dates, so I’m glad we got a chance to see it!
Artemis is available in audiobook via Audible, and also in physical and digital form, as of November 14, 2017.