To The Moon - VR Experience

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COVID-19 UPDATE: To The Moon bookings up to 10 April cancelled with full refund

As a response to recent announcements, The Dowse Art Museum will be closed from Sunday 22 March until further notice.

We’re closely following the advice of health authorities to help protect our visitors, staff and communities from the spread of COVID-19.

All To The Moon: Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang bookings up until Friday 10 April will be cancelled, with a full refund offered. Please get in touch on bookings@dowse.org.nz or 04 570 6500 if you have any questions.

We’ll be assessing this weekly, and will update you directly if this closure period is due to extend further.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Stay safe and look after one another. Noho ora mai.


Fifty years after man first landed on the Moon, art pioneer and icon Laurie Anderson is flying us all there with captivating virtual reality artwork To The Moon. Developed with fellow artist Hsin-Chien Huang, this immersive experience takes you on a cutting-edge voyage of sight, sound and imagination to our nearest cosmic neighbour.

Escapism and future-forward art intersect as the sensation of flight intermingles with the delight of navigating a fantastic alternative lunar landscape as envisaged by Laurie, who was the first artist-in-residence at NASA. Prepare for lift off with an accompanying installation featuring film, images and music.

Conceived as pure artwork, To The Moon takes us closer to the lunar surface than many have ever gone before – and the journey is just as important as the destination. “The moon has a very inspiring, dreamlike existence,” says Laurie. “Secretly, all I want to do is to let people fly.”

To The Moon VR experience commissioned by The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; The National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan; and National Taiwan Normal University. To The Moon A/V experience originally commissioned by The Manchester International Festival.

Presented in Wellington as part of The New Zealand Festival of the Arts

Late night sessions available Wednesday 4th March and Thursday 5th March here.

VR sessions are ticketed and have limited capacity, bookings essential. Recommended for people aged 10+. VR sessions start every 30 minutes. Last session is 30 minutes before the gallery closes.

***COVID-19 update: To The Moon remains open

The To The Moon virtual reality experience is still open. We are carefully monitoring advice from the Ministry of Health. If anything changes, we’ll update this page and all ticket holders directly.

Only four people are in the space at one time, and are sitting 1-1.5m apart for the duration of the 20 minute experience. Our team clean the headsets thoroughly between each use, and we’re cleaning and sanitising our buildings more often.

We ask anyone booked on the experience who is unwell or has been overseas in the past 14 days to request a refund through Eventbrite, then rebook at a later date.

If you have concerns or it’s less than 24 hours until your session starts, let our team know via 04 570 6500 or bookings@dowse.org.nz – we can refund your booking or schedule you in for a later session.

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