FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2019
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PNC bringing One World, One Sky planetarium to Cincinnati Museum Center
Sesame Street-themed planetarium shows available Sept 28 & 29
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) and the PNC Foundation (PNC) are giving guests an opportunity to walk among the stars with some of their favorite characters. PNC’s One World, One Sky Mobile Planetarium will be available for out of this world adventures September 28 and 29, part of CMC’s Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibition opening weekend.
PNC’s One World, One Sky Mobile Planetarium presents an immersive astronomical experience tailored especially toward young children. Inside the dome, children will view a special planetarium show, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.” Through the lens of astronomy, children join Elmo, Big Bird and Hu Hu Zhu – a Muppet from the Chinese coproduction of Sesame Street – as they explore the night sky and take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the Moon. In the process they learn the basic principles of math, geometry and physics, and about each other’s culture. The show, aimed at children 4 to 6 years old, was created by the Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street and supported by the PNC Foundation.
“Learning and understanding science is an integral part of early childhood education and development,” says Kay Geiger, PNC regional president for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. “We are excited to bring PNC’s One World, One Sky Mobile Planetarium to Cincinnati Museum Center for the grand opening of Destination Moon so even our youngest learners can have a better understanding of space and science.”
The mobile planetarium is an educationally whimsical addition to CMC’s Destination Moon opening weekend. Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission celebrates the historic Moon landing with over 20 objects that flew aboard Apollo 11, including Buzz Aldrin’s gloves and iconic gold-visored helmet, Michael Collins’ wristwatch and the crew’s survival rucksacks. But the highlight of the exhibition is the command module Columbia, the only portion of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to survive the journey and return home. The Smithsonian-produced exhibition makes the final stop of its national tour in Cincinnati before the objects return permanently to the National Air and Space Museum.
“We’re honored to bring a national treasure to Cincinnati and to celebrate humankind’s greatest scientific achievement,” says Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “The addition of PNC’s One World, One Sky Mobile Planetarium is such a treat for our youngest stargazers and an invaluable experience as they begin to dream of their own giant leaps.”
PNC’s One World, One Sky Mobile Planetarium will be available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 28 and 29. Special time will be set aside to provide an exclusive experience for children with special needs. PNC’s One World, One Sky is included with a Discovery Ticket but does not include admission to Destination Moon or CMC’s museums. For more information, visit cincymuseum.org.
Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is made possible by the support of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, Joe Clark, Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation, the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, John and Susann Norton and Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson.
CMC is grateful for the support of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the Farmer Family Foundation, the Harold C. Schott Foundation, Western & Southern Financial Group and JobsOhio.
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.
About the PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. To learn more about PNC Grow Up Great, please go to www.pncgrowupgreat.com.
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