The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is located in Hutchinson, KS. Hutchinson is about three and half hours southeast of Kansas City. It is located near Wichita. If you have a little one who loves space or are interested in space yourself this is one of the best space museums to visit in the country.
Items on Display
The Cosmosphere has a comprehensive collection of space memorabilia. Some of the items displayed are listed below:
• Gemini X space capsule
• Apollo 13 command module Odyssey
• A lunar rover and module
• A Russian Vostok space capsule
• The largest meteorite found in the United States
• Liberty Bell 7 Mercury spacecraft
Carey Digital Dome Theatre- This theatre is the leader in digital projection in the nation. Movies can be projected on to the full dome. They show movies regularly like Gravity, The Butler, etc. You can find ticket prices and movie times at their website, listed below.
Justice Planetarium - You can see their show, Night Sky Live. You will learn about the different constellations of the seasons and other objects. The running time is about 45 minutes and runs every day.
Dr. Goddard’s Lab- Here you will be transported to the 1930’s lab of Dr. Robert Goddard. He was the father of modern rocketry and this show will demonstrate his experiments. This show has a running time of 45 minutes and runs every day.
Hall of Space Museum – Here you will get to explore the museum’s collection of space artifacts and other air artifacts.There is the German Gallery where you learn about Hitler and his weapons of war. The space race and cold war era is displayed in the Cold War Gallery. The next gallery is the Mollett Early-Space Flight Gallery this is a more in depth look in to the space race between the USA and Russia. Finally, the Apollo Gallery portion of the museum is dedicated to the Apollo mission.
The museum is located at 1100 N Plum St in Hutchinson, KS 67501 and their phone number is (620) 662-2305.
Their website is http://www.cosmo.org/visitors.cfm.
Days and hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 12pm-7pm. They are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
Admission: An all day pass is for adults is $22.00, children 4-12, seniors, and military members is $20 and children under 3 are free. You can also purchase single event tickets. The Cosmosphere recommends that you purchase tickets in advance because seating for shows is limited.