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  • Items from the Armstrong Family Collection Donated to Cosmosphere

    Items from the Armstrong Family Collection Donated to Cosmosphere

    January 22, 2020

    Rick and Mark Armstrong, the sons of Neil and Janet Armstrong, have donated two items from the late astronaut’s personal collection of air and space memorabilia to the Cosmosphere International Science Education Center and Space Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Hutchinson, KS. 

    The first item is a flown (meaning it has been in space) four-inch by six-inch, U.S. flag from the Apollo 11 mission, when Neil Armstrong became the first human being to step foot on the surface of the Moon. 

    The second item is a small piece of fabric from the wing of the “Wright Flyer”—the first flying machine built by the Wright brothers. The artifact also made the journey on the Apollo 11 mission and was present in the Lunar Module as the craft touched the surface of the Moon. 

    “When I visited the Cosmosphere in 2019, it was clearly a world-class space museum, but I didn’t see anything from Apollo 11 (mission) on exhibit, and it seemed obvious to me that they should have something from the flight,” said Rick Armstrong. “We hope these items will complement the inspirational exhibits that are already in place.” 

    “The Cosmosphere is honored to have been chosen as the site for these notable artifacts to be displayed,” said Jim Remar, Cosmosphere President and CEO. “These two items are significant pieces of space history and we’re excited to share their story.” 

    The donated Armstrong items will go on display in the Hall of Space Museum in 2020, though exact timing and placement are still being determined. 

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  • The Cosmosphere is temporarily closed

    Date: Monday, March 16, 2020

    With safety of our visitors and staff as its utmost priority, the Cosmosphere is temporarily closed. 

    Until then, we encourage those who were hoping to visit during this two-week period to take a virtual tour of the Cosmosphere’s world-renowned collection via this link

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    We will reopen and we will be ready to share our new CosmoKids area and X-Plane gallery with all our visitors, along with the rest of the experience only the Cosmosphere can offer.

    Until then, we will share the power that comes from facing these unprecedented times together as a community, a nation and a world.

    If you booked any Cosmosphere experience, please contact our Box Office Manager to discuss rescheduling: or 620.665.9304.

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    Please accept our profound apologizes for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELLED: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020

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

    From the Smithsonian: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020 will not take place on April 4. As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3. We appreciate your understanding.

  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13

    Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    This will be a virtual presentation only. Join us virtually on our Facebook page here. Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. 

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 Mission at the HOME of Odyssey! Enjoy this free, presentation on "Apollo 13: The Mission of Survival. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13," with Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel. 

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

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