Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell performs an active seismic experiment by detonating charges with a thumper while walking along a geophone line. NASA photograph AS14-67-9374.


Hours, parking, and admission:


Admission and parking are free for Library visitors. Advance registration is not required.Exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.


Current exhibition:

Exhibition extended two months due to popular demand.

New closing date of November 1, 2019.

To the Moon: The Science of Apollo

March 28 – August 30 November 1, 2019

Funding for To the Moon has been provided by generous gifts from
Mike and Millie Brown and the Burns & McDonnell Foundation.


July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon. Five additional Apollo missions sent 10 more astronauts to the lunar surface where they gathered rock samples and conducted scientific experiments. The exhibition, To the Moon, will relive Project Apollo and the behind-the-scenes story of how science got to and from the moon.


West Gallery – “The Science of Apollo”

Explore each of the six Apollo missions that successfully landed on the lunar surface. Using NASA images, mission reports, technical reports, and other material from the Library’s collection, topics include: geological features of the landing sites, the science experiments deployed by the astronauts, and Apollo’s scientific legacy. The gallery also features an Apollo 17 lunar sample on loan from the NASA Johnson Space Center. The sample is a 3.8 billion-year-old basalt (volcanic rock) collected by astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt on their second EVA (extra-vehicular activity).


Alcove – “Go for TLI”

At 8:30 p.m. on December 21, 1968, Mission Control in Houston informed the Apollo 8 crew that they were “go for TLI,” trans-lunar injection, the engine burn that would take the spacecraft on a trajectory to the moon. For the first time in history, humans left earth orbit. In the Alcove, discover how NASA engineers accomplished the feat of getting spacecraft and astronauts to and from the lunar surface, beginning with the lunar-orbit rendezvous decision made in 1962 to the “all up” testing of the Saturn V rocket, and the ultimate triumph of Project Apollo with the safe return of every astronaut.


East Gallery: “Mapping the Moon: A History of Lunar Cartography”

View rare books from the Library’s History of Science collection that range from the 17th century to the 1960s. Books on display include Galileo’s 1610 Sidereus Nuncius and works by Johannes Hevelius, Francesco Fontana, and Giovanni Riccioli, among others. The gallery concludes with images from NASA’s and the Soviet Union’s unmanned lunar probes from the 1960s to present day.


Upcoming exhibitions:

Then and Now: Photography and the Printed Image

October 10, 2019 – March 14, 2020

Funding for Then and Now has been provided by a generous gift from the Hall Family Foundation,
with additional support from donors to the Linda Hall Library Foundation.


About the exhibition

Then and Now brings a contemporary perspective to the shared histories of photography and print media. This exhibition pairs students from the Printmaking Department at Kansas City Art Institute with the Linda Hall Library. Working closely together, the students will be inspired by research with photographs, prints, and books in the Library’s collection. Contemporary art examining the conceptual and tangible sides of media will be on display alongside landmark works from the history of photography.

This exhibition includes rare books and photographs from the Linda Hall Library’s collection, as well as mixed-media artworks made with both old and new methods of printmaking and photography. These processes include: cyanotype, gum bichromate, intaglio printing, photolithography, photopolymer, photosilkscreen, relief printing, salted paper printing, and Van Dyke printing. Overall, the exhibition addresses themes from a historical and contemporary perspective–such as, the purpose of images in our lives, the craft of making images, how we use images culturally, and personal vision and expression within art and science.

The opening night event on October 10, 2019, will include a public program with photographer Michael Light in conversation with Jane Aspinwall, Associate Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


Gifts from the Nile

November 18, 2019 – April 3, 2020


Gifts from the Nile features the travel accounts of the 19th century women who explored the Nile, Italian archeologist Giovanni Belzoni’s treatise on Egyptian antiquities, and Vivant Denon’s record of his travels through Egypt with Napoleon’s army. Included also are dazzling illustrations highlighting the science and engineering of ancient Egypt that lead to the Egyptomania of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Gifts from the Nile was curated by the Nelson-Atkins’ Amelia Nelson, and Lisa Browar and Jason W. Dean of the Linda Hall Library.



Exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for Library visitors. Advance registration is not required.


Saturday openings for 2019:

April 13 July 13  October 12
February 9 May 11 August 10 November 9
March 9 June 8 September 14 December 14

Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.


  • Notice: Notice: On Friday, September 13, 2019, the Library will open to the public at noon.