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  • COSMOSPHERE APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF VISITOR EXPERIENCE

    July 7, 2014

    Hutchinson, Kan. – As preparations begin for the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center to embark upon its recently announced major plan for revitalization, current Director of Education Tom Holcomb will assume responsibility of a newly created position at the Cosmosphere – one deemed integral to the success of revitalization efforts. In his new role as Director of Visitor Experience, Holcomb will oversee customer service and visitor experiences at the Cosmosphere, fostering an institutional mindset of providing exceptional experiences for all visitors – including the creation of training materials and workshops for all front line employees. Under Holcomb’s direction, a keen understanding of institutional and space history as well as working knowledge in support of new Cosmosphere initiatives and programming will be part of ongoing orientation and education for front line employees. Holcomb will continue to oversee scheduling, training and customer service in Dr. Goddard’s Lab and the Justice Planetarium while working closely with the Education department in the development and implementation of new programs and their delivery in both theater venues. To insure successful operation of the Carey Digital Dome Theater, Holcomb will be responsible for customer service and training, working with the COO and Marketing on the selection of new documentaries, feature films and alternative programming in the theater. Additionally, box office staffing, training and development; booking school and group programs while working with Education and other appropriate departments to insure all groups are treated in an exceptional manner; facility rental oversight; and responsibility for growth, recruitment and preparation for a well-trained and engaged Cosmosphere volunteer base are included in Holcomb’s new area of responsibility.

    Holcomb completed a Bachelor of Science in Education at Sterling College in 1996 and began working at the Cosmosphere in 1997 where he developed the Hall of Space Tour Guidebook and training procedures for tour guides. He assumed additional responsibilities for programming delivery in Dr. Goddard’s Lab and the Justice Planetarium before joining the Education Department as the Program Manager for the renowned Cosmosphere camp, Future Astronaut Training Program (FATP). In 2009, Holcomb was promoted to the position of Director of Education and assumed overall responsibility for educational programs at the Cosmosphere including school field trips and homeschool programs, Boy and Girl Scout programs to achieve Merit Badge requirements, maintenance of camp equipment and curriculum development.

    Tom Holcomb has been employed at the Cosmosphere for 17 years. His deep knowledge of Operations, passion for the Cosmosphere and all that it represents make him an ideal choice for this critical, customer-facing role. Holcomb will report to Jim Remar, Cosmosphere President/COO.

    The Smithsonian-affiliated Cosmosphere houses the largest collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world. The Cosmosphere’s mission is: Inspiring innovation through science education and honoring the history of space exploration. Camp KAOS, the Cosmosphere’s summer camp program for students entering second grade through high school, is dedicated to inspiring explorers of all ages using STEM principles and building leadership and teamwork skills.

    The SpaceWorks division has an international reputation for historic artifact preservation, replication and exhibit design. SpaceWorks has completed projects for NASA, the Smithsonian, and Hollywood films, including Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 and the HBO Miniseries From the Earth to the Moon.

    The Cosmosphere is located at 1100 N. Plum in Hutchinson, Kan.

Upcoming Events

  • Blue Star Museum Program
    May 21 – September 5
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  • 2022 Sunflower Summer Program
    May 28 – August 14
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  • 2nd Saturday Free Museum Tours
    August 13
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  • Blue Star Museum Program

    Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022
    Location:Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere is proud to be participating in Blue Star Museums, which provides free admission to our Hall of Space Museum to our nation’s active-duty military personnel (including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps) and up to five family members. The Blue Star Museum program begins Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2022 and ends Labor Day, September 5, 2022.

    Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

    The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military–Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard–including Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. 

    For a complete list of participants, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

  • 2022 Sunflower Summer Program

    Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
    Location:Cosmosphere

    What's better than an out-of-this-world visit to the Cosmosphere? How about a FREE out-of-this-world visit thanks to the Kansas State Department of Education's Sunflower Summer program! All Kansas students, and up to two accompanying adults, can receive free admission to our Hall of Space Museum May 28 through August 14, 2022.

    To be eligible to participate, students must be 4-18 years old and not have graduated high school yet. Up to two adults accompanying the student can also participate. To get started,  parents and guardians need to download the Sunflower Summer app free from either Google Play (Android) or Apple (iOS) app stores.

    With over 70 participating venues across Kansas, check out www.sunflowersummer.org to find out how to make your Sunflower Summer spectacular!

  • 2nd Saturday Free Museum Tours

    Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    FREE with museum admission: guided museum tours will be available at 11am and 1pm, on Saturday, August 13. Experienced and insightful docents will enlighten and entertain you on your journey through the Hall of Space Museum.* (Meet at the Museum Entrance turnstile.)

    The activities are free to Reno County residents, who have free access to the Hall of Space, including CosmoKids, with a pass obtained by showing their ID at the Box Office. Out-of-county guests must purchase a ticket at the Box Office.

    For more information call 620.662.2305 or visit cosmo.org for ticket and showtimes.

    *Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE, please pick up admission ticket at Box Office.

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