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  • Cosmosphere Internal COVID-19 Safety Plan

    Cosmosphere Internal COVID-19 Safety Plan

    May 11, 2020

    Cosmosphere staff and volunteer's health and safety, in addition to the health and safety of our visitors, is of utmost importance!  The policies outlined below have been put in place to ensure the Cosmosphere can be the Safe Place for Space for everyone during this time. Cosmosphere will continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, as directed by state and local health and governing authorities.

    Staff, Volunteer and Visitor Safety
    • All Front Line Staff and Volunteers (Box Office, including all venue ticket takers; Cafe; Gift Store and Maintenance) will be required to wear a mask during their shift when they are in public areas. 
    • It is required that all other staff and volunteers wear a mask when they are in public areas of the building of the Cosmosphere or in groups where it’s difficult to maintain a distance of six feet between themselves and others. 

              ◦ Visitors, employees and volunteers are required to wear a mask. Free disposable masks are available at the Box Office. 

              ◦ A clean mask will be required to be worn daily during an employee/volunteer's shift.

              ◦ Employees/Volunteers will be responsible for laundering their mask. 

              ◦ Masks will be recommended until the State of Kansas/Reno County Phase Out is announced.

    • All staff/volunteers at retail points of sale will be required to wear gloves.
              ◦ Cafe points of sale will need to use new gloves when switching between register transactions and handling food.
    • Staff and volunteers are required to maintain safe behavioral practices: social distancing (specifically, staying 6 feet away from others in shared spaces) • follow appropriate hand washing protocol to wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available • wear face masks according to guidelines • avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth • stay home when sick • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • A temporary plexiglass shield will be installed at all retail points of sale.
    • 6’ markers on the floor at Box Office, Gift Store, Cafe, and outside all venues will indicate social distance for visitors.

    Staff Health
    • Staff and volunteers are asked to stay at home if they are sick or not feeling well. Staff/volunteers who have sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, a temperature in excess of 99 degrees, body aches, etc. will be required to stay at home.   

    Disinfect and Sanitize
    • All high-traffic, hard/non-porous materials and more will be sanitized daily or multiple times during the day, including: hard/non-porous materials: surfaces • railings • tables • doorknobs • light switches • countertops, • handles, • desks • phones • keyboards • toilets • faucets and sinks • touch screens and more will be sanitized daily or multiple times during the day. 
    • Outdoors: Outdoor areas require routine cleaning and do not require disinfection. 
    • Unoccupied area: If an area is unoccupied for seven days or more, it will only need normal routine cleaning to reopen. This is because the virus has not been shown to survive on surfaces longer than this time. 

    Contactless and Limited Contact Pay
    • Online and phone sales will be encouraged.
    • Access to information racks and other sources of paper that can be handled by multiple individuals will be eliminated.

    Additional Precautions
    • The toys and activities in the main lobby will be temporarily removed as will the scale, the penny machine and the wishing well.
    • Neither the CosmoKids area nor the simulator will be open for use until further notice.
    • Seating in the theaters and Dr. Goddard’s Lab will be limited to no more than 30 and visitors will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines for space between themselves and other visitor groups. Every other row in these venues will be unoccupied.

    Click here to see our Coronavirus Safety Plan infographic for the public. 

    For questions on any of the Cosmosphere COVID-19 safety procedures, or to plan your visit, call the Cosmosphere Box Office at: 620.665.9312.

    Find out what safety measures you can expect when you visit:

    ✅ Safety of the public, here.

    ✅ Safety of our campers and camp staff, here.

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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