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Want to relive the moon landing? Prepare for liftoff and head to your local museum

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This montage video shows highlights from the Apollo 11 mission, from liftoff in Florida to Neil Armstrong's famous step to the departure from the moon.
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This montage video shows highlights from the Apollo 11 mission, from liftoff in Florida to Neil Armstrong's famous step to the departure from the moon.

July 20 marks the official half-century anniversary of the first time humans walked the moon, and there’s a fun way to celebrate the milestone at your local museum.

That’s right — the eagle has landed in Bradenton.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will host a month of moon-themed exploration and events throughout July.

Here’s a briefing before you prepare for liftoff.

Details: July 2-31. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. General admission: $10-$19.

Info: 941-746-4131. bishopscience.org.

The South Florida Museum in Bradenton has been renamed The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

July 2-31: ‘One Giant Leap’

This 15-minute show created by Bishop’s own astronomy expert will show daily in The Planetarium — the museum’s all-digital, cosmic exploration center.

It includes sounds and images from the launch of Sputnik — the world’s first man-made satellite sent into space by the Soviets, which also launched the race for dominance in outer space.

It also includes audio and video of President Kennedy’s 1962 Rice University speech and flight segments from earlier Apollo missions amid visions of 50,000 years of human achievement.

Details: Daily July 2-31. Included in the price of admission.

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a month of fun, interactive experiences at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in Bradenton. Courtesy of The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

July 27: KidSpace

The Bishop will unleash the awesome power of The Planetarium during KidSpace — “an event series where kids can become scientific masters of the universe while taking off from the Earth’s surface and flying to places humans have never been.”

KidSpace is designed for grades 1-5 and their grown-ups, but all are welcome.

Details: 10:30 a.m. July 13 and July 27. $5 for eligible members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others. Admission to The Bishop is not included with the KidSpace ticket price.

How the designers of the new logo for the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, formerly the South Florida Museum, created what is called the “Bishop B.”

July 20-27: Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Day We Walked on the Moon’

Witness one of the most important 24 hours in history through remastered footage and interviews that take you behind the scenes and inside the spacecraft, Mission Control and the homes of the astronauts’ families.

This 50-minute, PG-rated movie will be shown in the all-digital Planetarium.

Details: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 20. 1:15 p.m. July 21. 11:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. July 23-July 26. 2 p.m. July 27. Included with admission.

July 24: Stelliferous

Take a guided tour of the stars with one of The Bishop’s staff astronomers as a guide.

Get a preview of the coming month’s skies, hear about current events in astronomy and ask your most pressing questions about space.

Details: 7 p.m. July 24. $5 for eligible members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others.

A new app called Pathways allows museum-goers to interact with exhibits and complete unique tours on almost any subject at South Florida Museum in Bradenton.

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