Liberty Bell 7: The Peril and Promise of Space Exploration

“...The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.”
– Gus Grissom; NASA astronaut, Liberty Bell 7, Gemini 3 and Apollo 1


The Space Race and the ultimate United States’ victory in reaching the Moon began with spacecraft designed for one human. The Liberty Bell 7 is one of those spacecraft. The story of its mission, and its recovery after 38 years on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, is fascinating.

Using the actual Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft as its foundation, this exhibit sheds light on how America’s first astronauts were selected and how they prepared for the unknowns of travel to space.

Understanding the past and the critical first steps that eventually led to footprints on the Moon inspires a greater understanding of today’s space exploration and the wonder that will lead us into the future.


Liberty Bell 7 visitors will have the opportunity to learn—

• How the Space Race began and the evolution of U.S. Human Space Exploration

• The men (and women) who successfully passed a grueling selection process to be the first U.S. Citizens in space

• The incredible story of the Liberty Bell 7—its loss and, more important, its dramatic recovery and restoration from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean

• How the Mercury capsules compared to the Soviet Vostok, the spacecraft that carried the first man, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, into space

• What lessons learned by the early pioneers of space exploration are relevant to the efforts of NASA and private space exploration companies today

• The story of Gus Grissom, the highly regarded Astronaut and test pilot selected for three critical early space flights, including the Liberty Bell 7.

• The story of the Mercury 13—the women pilots who also passed the requisite training but were not considered for the NASA program.


EXHIBIT FEE: As low as $15,000 a month
DURATION: Minumum three months; maximum: 12 months. Available January 2021.
SPACE NEEDED: 1,000 +/- square feet

• The historic Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft
• Display with flown artifacts pulled from Liberty Bell 7 during restoration
• A display case containing an authentic Mercury spacesuit, helmet, and gloves
• Interpretation panels and images

• Genuine Skylab Sleep Monitoring Cap
• Genuine Disposable Absorption Containment Trunk (DACT)
• Genuine Urine Transfer Assembly
• Genuine Personal Radiation Dosimeter
• Flown Apollo 8 Space Food
• Genuine Personal Hygiene Kit

• Exhibit Poster
• Promotional Flyer
• Social Media Images
• Sample Press Release
• Educational Materials
• Retail Product Ideas

• On-staff curator required for artifact handling
• Must have a minimum 8’ x 9’ opening into building and exhibit space
• Two 120v/20-amp standard circuits; power cords for each of the two powered cases are each 10 feet long.
• Forklift for loading and unloading; rigging for placement other than ground level.
• Path to installation destination must be 8’ wide and free of stairs
• Must provide proof of insurance.

• Two SpaceWorks technicians will provide onsite installation of Liberty Bell 7 Exhibition.
• All costs associated with lease, including inbound shipping and installation, are the responsibility of the receiving institution
• Must provide a storage space for crates and packing materials.
• Indoor exhibition space with climate control
• Temperature 68°, +/-5°; Relative Humidity 40%, +/-5%
• Must provide storage for crates and packing materials