The Digital Museum

Suited and re-booted: crowdfunding helping museums reach for the moon


A small step for the Smithsonian – a giant leap for museum fundraising!

Well, the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum’s Kickstarter campaign to preserve Neil Armstrong’s space suit might not be as era-defining as the events of 20th July 1969, but it does show how digital crowdsourcing is helping museums make big strides in utilising the resources - financial or otherwise - of supporters.

The Smithsonian set up its Kickstarter campaign on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing to raise $500,000 to help conserve Armstrong’s suit and keep it on display at the museum. It passed its fundraising target less than a week later – and still has three weeks to run.

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