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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: 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

  • Blue Star Museum Program
    May 15 – September 6
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Peril and Promise of Space Exploration: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Liberty Bell 7
    July 15
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  • Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Liberty Bell 7
    July 21
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  • Blue Star Museum Program

    Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

    Cosmosphere will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with BlueStar Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide.

    The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—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. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card, DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD Form 1173-1 ID for entrance into a Blue Star Museum.

    For a complete list of participants, visit

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Peril and Promise of Space Exploration: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Liberty Bell 7

    Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Welcome back to in-person Coffee at the Cosmo at the Cosmosphere!

    This informative community gathering over coffee features guest speakers offering insight into STEM topics and space history. Coffee at the Cosmo is offered quarterly and is free of charge. It can also be enjoyed via Facebook Live from anywhere!

    Enjoy this free, presentation on The Peril and Promise of Space Exploration as it examines the risks revealed in the Liberty Bell 7 Mission along with insight into the Mercury program goals and objectives, which formed the foundation of U.S. manned space exploration. Jim Remar, Cosmosphere President and CEO presents. 

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

  • Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Liberty Bell 7

    Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Join us Wednesday, July 21, in celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft!

    • Throughout the summer: See the special Liberty Bell 7 exhibit at the Cosmosphere and celebrate the mission all day on July 21!
    • Wednesday, July 21, beginning at 12:30 p.m.: Mercury to Artemis Celebrating the Past and Future of Space Travel
      • 12:30 p.m Jim Remar, Cosmosphere President and CEO, shares a presentation about Liberty Bell 7
      • 1:00 p.m. NASA’s Nicole Herrmann, Technical Integration Manager in the Human Exploration Development and Operations Office of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center will join us virtually to discuss the future of space travel and the Artemis Mission. 
    • Special discounts in the gift store and café to celebrate Liberty Bell 7's Anniversary
    • Don't miss the limited edition Liberty Bell 7 patch and t-shirt in the Cosmosphere Gift Store!

    Find out more in our latest blog post. 

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