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  • Cosmosphere To Hold Virtual Auction in Lieu of Canceled Gala

    Cosmosphere To Hold Virtual Auction in Lieu of Canceled Gala

    July 31, 2020

    HUTCHINSON, Kan.— The Cosmosphere, a Smithsonian-affiliated science center and space museum in Hutchinson, KS, has decided to cancel its 50th anniversary gala celebration for the Apollo 13 mission. The non-profit museum is instead planning to hold an online auction to celebrate the Mission on Nov. 13. The auction will feature signed memorabilia from the mission’s crew and more. 

    As home to the authentic Apollo 13 spacecraft—Odyssey—the Cosmosphere had planned an event originally slated for April 2020 which featured crew members from the ill-fated mission, including astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise. In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, the event was rescheduled to November 13. 

    “Ultimately, we have learned that the thing we can predict about a pandemic is that it is completely unpredictable,” Mimi Meredith, Senior VP of Development and Chief Development Officer for the Cosmosphere said. “In March, we hoped maybe the pandemic would have subsided enough for us to continue with holding our spectacular event in the fall. The fact is, no event is worth jeopardizing the health and safety of our guests and we can’t choose a date that allows us to provide the level of experience guests would enjoy while keeping them safe. We hope we can have a fun virtual celebration on November 13 instead.” 

    Information about the auction, including a list of items available, will be announced via the Cosmosphere social media channels, on its website and through emailed newsletters in September. Interested participants are encouraged to sign up for Cosmosphere communications by visiting:, and entering their preferred email into the fillable form. 

Upcoming Events

  • Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere
    June 16 – December 31
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  • August Back to School Splashdown Discount!
    August 1 – August 31
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Liberty Bell 7
    August 20
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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

  • August Back to School Splashdown Discount!

    Date: Saturday, August 01, 2020

    Celebrate the end of summer and take advantage of the “Back-to-School Splashdown” discount at the Cosmosphere!


    *To take advantage of this offer, you must mention the “back-to-school” discount upon purchase.  Discount only available through in-person ticket sales or by phone at 620.665.9312. Educators will be asked to show their school ID.  No ID is required for children. No limit on the number of children or educators per family.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Liberty Bell 7

    Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

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

    Grab your mug of Joe, sit back in the comfort of your own home and enjoy this free presentation titled, "Liberty Bell 7: The Peril and Promise of Space Exploration," with Cosmosphere President and CEO, Jim Remar. This presentation will be presented in front of the actual Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft!

    Attendees will learn the story of how astronaut Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 was recovered from the ocean floor in 1999 after spending nearly 40 years submerged at a depth of more than 15,000 feet (deeper than the Titanic).  SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, helped to retrieve and conserve the craft to the state it appears in today. Liberty Bell 7 is owned by the Cosmosphere, making it the only privately owned American spacecraft. The Cosmosphere is among only four museums worldwide to have a flown set of manned Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft.

    *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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