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  • Cosmosphere Plans Safe Re-Open and Camp Season

    Cosmosphere Plans Safe Re-Open and Camp Season

    July 2, 2020

    MISSION UPDATE: July 13, 2020

    The Cosmosphere is requiring masks in all public spaces. Free disposable masks are available at the Cosmosphere Box Office.

    MISSION UPDATE: May 20, 2020

    Following the announcement by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly of the “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas: {modified} Phase 2” in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cosmosphere will be re-opening its doors safely to the public beginning, Friday, May 22. 

    Hours of operation will be 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

    Visitors to the Smithsonian-affiliated science center and space museum can expect the following safety measures when they visit:

    • Visitors are required to wear a mask. Free disposable masks will be available for visitors at the Box Office. 
    • Multiple hand-sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Cosmosphere
    • Seating in the Justice Planetarium, Carey Digital Dome theater and Dr. Goddard’s Lab will be limited and attendees will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines
    • With seating being limited, visitors are encouraged to use contactless pay to reserve their seats. Tickets are available online at: cosmo.org/visit/tickets or by calling the box office at: 620.665.9312. 
    • Plexiglass shields and six foot floor guides will be at point-of-sale locations
    • All high-contact, hard/non-porous surfaces will be sanitized daily or multiple times during the day
    • Access to information racks and other sources of paper, which can be handled by multiple individuals, will be eliminated
    • The new interactive CosmoKids area, naviGATOR Simulator and children’s activities in the Cosmosphere lobby will not be available for use by the public until further notice

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

    Cosmosphere museum and camp staff with public contact will be required to wear a clean face mask and disposable gloves during their shift. Staff who exhibit symptoms of illness will be required to stay at home. General COVID-19 safety practices, like social distancing and frequent hand washing, are also being practiced by all staff.

    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 our staff and volunteers, here.

    ✅ Safety of our campers and camp staff, here.

Upcoming Events

  • Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere
    June 16 – December 31
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  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo to Artemis
    July 16
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  • Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere

    Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    Liberty Bell 7 is set to splashdown at the Cosmosphere, following nearly six years of being on exhibit throughout the world.  Beginning Tuesday, June 16, visitors to the Smithsonian-affiliated space museum in Hutchinson, KS, will have the opportunity to get up close to an amazing piece of space history when the Mercury spacecraft, which took the second U.S. astronaut into space, returns to its home museum.  The craft will be on display in the Cosmosphere Grand Lobby through the remainder of 2020.

    For more information on Liberty Bell 7 go here

  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo to Artemis

    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:cosmomeeting.org

    This will be a virtual presentation only. Join us live on our Facebook page on the day of the event or on Zoom at cosmomeeting.org.

    Grab your mug of Joe, sit back in the comfort of your own home and enjoy this free presentation on "Apollo to Artemis" with Cosmosphere Volunteer and owner of The Space Shot, John Mulnix.

    Attendees will learn about the Apollo program and the history of long-duration human spaceflight from Skylab to the ISS. You'll understand how these missions have prepared NASA for the return to the Moon with the Artemis Program in the late 2020s. Learn about the three exciting new commercially developed lunar landers supporting the Artemis Program. One of these new designs will take the first woman and the next man to the surface of the Moon!

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

    Thank you to our corporate partners:
    Airshare, Evergy, The Clayworks of Disability Supports, KU School of Engineering and RCB Bank

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