Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Hutchinson
Where is it at?
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
1100 N. Plum
Where are we going today?
In the heart of the Midwest, a national treasure awaits discovery. The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center - a world-renowned, Smithsonian-Affiliated museum - allows visitors to experience the thrill of space exploration.
The Cosmosphere is one of only three museums in the world to display flown spacecraft from all three early-manned space programs-Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. The Hall of Space Museum touts the actual Apollo 13 command module Odyssey, the Gemini X spacecraft and the Liberty Bell 7 Mercury spacecraft. The Cosmosphere is the only museum in the world to display a flown unmanned Russian Vostok and a full-scale engineering model of the manned Voskhod. The Cosmosphere also boasts one of the largest displays of space suits in the world.
Besides our extensive artifact collection, the Cosmosphere is also home to the Carey IMAX Dome Theater, Justice Planetarium, and Dr. Goddard's Lab, an explosively fun, rocketry demonstration.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 3 years.
When can we go?
Monday through Saturday 9am to 7pm. Sunday 12noon to 7pm.
The Lunar Outpost food court is a casual place to enjoy a wide variety of lunch and snack options, including fresh deli sandwiches, pizza, hamburgers, soft pretzels and Dippin' Dots Ice Cream..
Any Top Tips?
You must be 36" tall or over to ride the simulator..
Can I get one of those?
The Cargo Bay Gift Store offers a wide variety of space-themed collectibles, educational items and toys..
Entry fee referenced includes one Carey Digital Dome Theater documentary, one Justice Planetarium show, one Dr. Goddard’s Lab show, and one admission to the Hall of Space Museum. Other lesser tickets available..
What people are saying?
by Krysta Harvey
Amazing museum sharing the facinating story of how we got into space and what we've done there, from the first rockets developed as weapons during WW2 to the space race to the moon landings and beyond. The exhibits flow seamlessly in perfect design, and there is so much content you can easily visit over and over. We only had time to take in a small part of it during our visit of several hours. Truly brings the history to life! I would recommend to anyone with an interest in aerospace, technology, the Cold War, or American history generally.
by Arienne Barnes
Took my son to the Space Out Saturday event and opted to buy the all inclusive passes for a complete experience. Very helpful/knowledgeable staff; most notably in the planetarium and the lab. Museum was extensive with mass amounts of relics and related information, we needed more time for absorption. We also rode the simulator and watched an "epic" (as described by my 8 year old) movie about sharks.
Any young aspiring astronauts or scientists should attend!
by Brad Benson
This is a great experience. A ton of history of our space program from the beginning until today. I didn't realize how much Nazi Germany brought to our space program. This definitely takes a good part of the whole day if you read everything and get the full experience. I would highly recommend this place to anyone interested in our space program.
by Scott Richardson
I would give it "6" stars if I could. It is a fantastic place with some of the greatest exhibits I have seen of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, X-15 era including the official museums such as the National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. and the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. It compares quite favorably to them (albeit a little smaller). Kansas, you did a great job with this museum!
One of the best space museums I have seen. Beats the Smithsonian.