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  • Liberty Bell 7 Mercury Spacecraft Set To Land At Museum At Prairiefire

    Liberty Bell 7 Mercury Spacecraft Set To Land At Museum At Prairiefire

    August 30, 2019

    Overland Park, KAN.— On Friday, Aug. 30th, visitors to the Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, KS, will have the opportunity to see an amazing piece of space history when the Mercury spacecraft Liberty Bell 7 is unveiled in a new exhibit called: “Liberty Bell 7: The Peril and Promise of Space Exploration.”

    Opening to the public at 10 a.m., this new traveling exhibit produced by the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, features the spacecraft which was recovered from the ocean floor in 1999, after spending more than 40 years submerged at a depth of more than 15,000 feet.  SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, helped to retrieve and conserve Liberty Bell 7 capsule.

    In addition to Liberty Bell 7, museum goers can take advantage of another unique exhibit produced by the Cosmosphere with the “Apollo Redux” interactive exhibit.  This hands-on experience allows visitors to sit at an authentic historic back room mission control console —the same ones that helped Man get to the Moon—while learning about the different roles of both historic and modern-day mission control personnel.

    Both exhibits will be available to the public through January of 2020.

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    The Cosmosphere International Science Education Center & Space Museum is a Smithsonian-affiliate in Hutchinson, KS. It is home to the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race unlike any museum in the world.

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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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