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    September 11, 2019

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 9, 2019 


    HUTCHINSON, Kan.— Beginning Sept. 16, the Cosmosphere, a Smithsonian-affiliated space museum and science center in Hutchinson, KS will undergo a series of renovations and updates. 

    These updates include: 

    • The construction of the CosmoKids interactive area, supported by a gift from the Sunderland Foundation in Kansas City 

    • Design and construction of a new museum entrance and exit, allowing for increased guest accessibility 

    • Upgrades and improvements to the German Gallery 

    • Creating a fully interactive area for both the new Liquid Galaxy display and the virtual reality interactive currently available at the entrance of the museum 

    • Main level museum rotunda improvements, including lighting and carpet 

    • The installation of a new mission simulator for Cosmosphere Camp 2020, featuring a capsule based simulator and landing vehicle 

    During construction, visitors to the Cosmosphere must access the museum using the elevator located directly behind the Box Office. The German Gallery and the beginning of the Cold War Gallery (up to the Redstone Atomic Warhead) will be closed and inaccessible during the updates. 

    Renovations are expected to be complete by March of 2020. A $2.00 discount off the All-Access Mission Pass and the single venue Hall of Space ticket will be applied during the time that the Galleries are closed. 


    CONTACT: Carla Stanfield, Public Relations Coordinator | | 620.665.9334 

Upcoming Events

  • Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Gala
    April 4
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    May 9 –
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  • Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020

    Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Join us Saturday, April 4, 2020 for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day! (Please note we are open from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020.)

    Cosmosphere guests that show their printed ticket receive FREE admission into the Hall of Space Museum for two guests. Tickets available HERE beginning February 27, 2020. 

    Mark your calendar for America’s annual celebration of boundless curiosity. Museum Day brings together museums, zoos & cultural centers from all 50 states to offer free admission to all ticket holders. This year, Museum Day will celebrate EARTH OPTIMISM!

    Museum Day is moving from Fall to Spring in 2020 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The annual Museum Day event will take place on Saturday, April 4th.

  • Early Closing of the building at 3 pm

    Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020

    The Cosmosphere will be closing early at 3 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020, to prepare for our Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Gala. We will be open normal business hours on Sunday. We're sorry for any inconvenience. 

  • Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Gala

    Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020 6:00 PM – 11:59 AM

    SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020


    These words set in motion a historic series of events. For three days, three astronauts huddled in the Aquarius Lunar Module as the Mission Control team on Earth worked to solve the problem of how to bring them home. Meanwhile, the world united in prayer and hope for the survival of three Americans 200,000 miles from Earth. 

    No other space mission before or since called on the collaboration of so many in Mission Control and beyond to solve such a critical challenge. Apollo 13: A Mission of Survival. A Mission of Teamwork. A Mission of Hope. Join us to celebrate the great Victory of Apollo 13, where the Apollo 13 Command Module, Odyssey, was restored, preserved and is proudly on display in Cosmosphere’s Apollo Gallery.  

    Slated to appear: Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Gene Kranz, Gerry Griffin, Milt Windler, John Aaron, Jerry Bostick, Vance Brand, Chuck Deiterich, Ed Fendell, Spencer Gardner, Jack Lousma, Ed Smylie, Frank VanRensselaer and…Andrew Chaikin, Author; Michael Griffin, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and former NASA Administrator. Glynn Lunney will be a pre-recorded video.* 

    For all the details, including ticket pricing, see the Apollo 13 webpage here

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