Restoration + Fabrication

Frequently contracted by museums around the world to restore a variety of artifacts, the Cosmosphere is proud to have restored flown U.S. spacecraft that are part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Museums frequently contact the Cosmosphere for exhibit production and artifact restoration and replication.  

“The Cosmosphere has a world-wide reputation for being the restoration center for the world,” 

-General John Dailey, Director of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.


First created in 1988, SpaceWorks— the Cosmosphere’s restoration, replication and fabrication facility—features a team of artists, technicians, machinists, fabricators and carpenters. 

Originally developed to provide restoration and exhibit support to the Cosmosphere, SpaceWorks’ unique expertise is now in demand by groups around the world. The team is known worldwide for its restoration of priceless space artifacts as well as its fabrication of museum exhibitory and high fidelity, replica spacecraft.  

The same individuals who restore U.S. space artifacts now housed in the Cosmosphere’s Hall of Space Museum, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Museum of Flight (Seattle), White Sands Missile Range, and Glavkosmos (Moscow) are the craftsmen who have fabricated space hardware for the Evergreen Aviation Museum, Tour of the Universe/Toronto, and Disneyland/Paris as well as for Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, and Tom Hanks' Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon.

Restoration & Replication Brochure

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