Hutchinson, Kansas: Cosmosphere

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Address:
1100 N. Plum St., Hutchinson, KS
Directions:
East side of downtown, at the corner of N. Plum St. and E. 11th Ave. From KS-61/Kennedy Fwy turn west at the stoplight onto E. 11th Ave. and drive one mile. Look for the rockets on the right.
Hours:
Su-Th 9-5, F-Sa 9-7 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
800-397-0330
Admission:
Adults $26.50
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Cosmonaut space suit at the Cosmosphere.

Cosmosphere

Second only to The Smithsonian in space artifacts, and it's in a suburban neighborhood in Kansas. See cosmonaut cast-offs, Nazi ballistics, and the capsule from Apollo 13. Two full-size rockets flank the building outside.

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Sputnik replica meets Picard replica.

Cosmosphere

I have toured the Johnson Space Center in Texas multiple times, the Cape Canaveral museum once, and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum once. To my surprise, I believe this museum explains the development of rocketry and space exploration better than any other.

[Keywestpicard, 08/29/2019]

Apollo 13 command module.

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

If you have even a passing interest in space exploration or manned space flight, the Kansas Cosmosphere is a must-see. The exhibits are both informative and visually striking, and there are some really unique things to see. I spent the most time at "Odyssey," the Apollo 13 command module. The Cosmosphere has put an incredible amount of effort into restoring it, and it's quite a thing to see.

[Jeanie, 08/02/2014]

Liberty Bell 7 Gemini capsule.

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

Surprisingly fabulous! Lots of original flown items are here, including the famous restored "Liberty Bell," make this a great place to visit in a road trip. I would recommend doing both this and the Underground Salt Museum in the same trip.

[Brooke276, 05/30/2012]
Kansas Cosmosphere - Space debris

The Cosmosphere is second only to the Smithsonian in space artifacts. Started years ago by a private family, the Cosmosphere has examples of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules, along with a Mercury/Redstone rocket, a Gemini/Titan II rocket, an SR-71 Blackbird, and LOTS of historical items, including a restored V-1 'buzz bomb' and restored V-2.

The Cosmosphere is also the home of SpaceWorks, the company who did all the spacecraft interiors for the movie 'Apollo 13' (sez Ron Howard, "I would have used NASA to reconstruct the interiors, but the folks at SpaceWorks could make it look more authentic." In addition, SpaceWorks has been restoring the _real_ Apollo 13 ("Odyssey") and were integral in retrieving and restoring Liberty Bell 7, Gus Grissom's capsule which spent 30+ years at the bottom of the Pacific. (The Smithsonian has titled Liberty Bell 7 over to the Cosmosphere; it's the only flown U.S. manned capsule NOT now owned by the Smithsonian.)

[Jordan Mogerman, 05/02/2001]

One prized exhibit is the spacesuit of Svetlana Savitskaya, the first woman to walk in space -- the only Soviet spacesuit the former USSR allowed to be displayed in the West, before they became desperate and cashed in on their space debris.


Nearby Offbeat Places

Last Steps on the MoonLast Steps on the Moon, Hutchinson, KS - < 1 mi.
1,260 Lb. Salt Block and Discovery Well1,260 Lb. Salt Block and Discovery Well, South Hutchinson, KS - 4 mi.
Strataca: Underground Salt MuseumStrataca: Underground Salt Museum, Hutchinson, KS - 3 mi.
In the region:
Richard Brown: A Legend in His Own Time, Hutchinson, KS - 4 mi.

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