Cosmosphere

Cosmosphere, Hutchinson: Hours, Address, Cosmosphere Reviews: 4.5/5

Cosmosphere
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is a Smithsonian affiliated museum in Hutchinson, KS. Its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily; experience the night sky in the Justice Planetarium; Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations daily; and featuring CosmoKids, an interactive play area for Young Explorers.
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Peggy H
Olathe, KS45 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Amazing destination if you are the least bit interested in space and/or rockets, maybe even if you're not! They are affiliated with the Smithsonian (not part of) and have great, quality exhibits. The layout is well planned, the displays are chronological so you come away with a real feel for the history of rockets and space exploration. The displays often have both quick info signage and more detailed explanations. Real aircraft, real modules, real satellites! I was fascinated. We spent 5 hours there including a planetarium show and a movie and didn't make it through but a third of the museum (but we are nerds that read everything, lol!) A definite must see!
Written March 24, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and for your fantastic review, Peggy H!
Written April 28, 2021
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M N
7 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Our 3 kids ages 6 to 10 lived this museum, and my wife and I did as well. The best part was the story of the space race with the USSR...what an adventure! A good portion of the museum tells the Soviet story too. The actual Apollo 13 capsule was amazing to see. We spent about 4 hours including a lunch break and a movie.
Written July 6, 2021
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Ty F
Saint Louis, MO5 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a great rocket/space museum I stumbled upon. You don't even have to be a great fan of rocketry or space. I traveled with 3 other adults and they enjoyed it immensely too though I have always been very interested in the space program. Lots of artifacts of history including original Apollo 13 capsule, Gus Grissom's Mercury capsule that sank in the 1960s but was recovered and refurbished. Cafe and snacks and amenities were wonderful too. Through no fault of the museum, my wife had an injury that gave her a significant skin tear (not related to the museum) but the staff there provided support, gauze, bandages, etc. They went beyond what was necessary to help us even though it wasn't caused by the museum or its environment. Would visit again.
Written July 24, 2021
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Kristian
Peace River, Canada116 contributions
Feb 2020 • Business
Came here on a Sunday and used the whole 5 hours it was open. Still not quite enough time.

The show with the stars in the planetarium was neat but not sure I would recommend for adults.

Restored actual artifacts are amazing the work and detail they went to like the Apollo 13 and the Russian return pod. Sadly the liberty bell was not currently on display.

If you like to read each placard don’t come on a Sunday. Would probably need 7 hours to do. Great time though.
Written March 15, 2020
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Thanks for your honest review! Liberty Bell 7 has returned to the Cosmosphere from now through the end of 2020. After then it will go on tour to Brazil in 2021. We're sorry you missed it! We hope you can come back and visit us soon.
Written June 19, 2020
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Melinda D
30 contributions
Jul 2020
Really enjoyed this place! My husband has always been a space travel/rocket fan and this place did not disappoint. The museum has an excellent collection of artifacts and educational documentation of the history of rockets and space travel from WWII German rockets to the present day. The Cold War is presented to show what was going on in the USSR and the US on parallel timelines -- so interesting. They have actual rockets, engines, space suits, etc. They even have the Apollo 13 capsule! It's just all really well done. You can also go to the planetarium for a lesson on the night sky, learn about very early work in rocketry that is made to me fun and interesting for children (we adults enjoyed it too), and a digital theatre showing films. I think we ended up spending about 4-5 hours there. Definitely recommend.
Written August 7, 2020
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Thank you, Melinda D, for your great review! Please come back and see us soon!
Written August 11, 2020
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koppla69
Phoenix, AZ173 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
A must see. Staff was very friendly. When we went,there were a few interactive attractions closed because of the COVID-19. This was not a big deal. There are so so much information in this place. If you do the whole museum including the 2 movies and the Lab you will be there for 4-6 hours. Try to have a break before the extras. We missed the planetarium one because the family needed a restroom break. You had to be there on time. I would recommend this place to kids maybe 6 and up. Take a nice camera, you will take lots of pictures. We ate at the cafe there and even though it was a little pricey, the food was awesome. You can take snacks and drinks in which was nice. They have elevator is need. Hope you have much fun and we all did. Any questions please don't hesitate, shot me a message. Have happy travels.
Written June 19, 2020
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What an outstanding review! Thank you so much for visiting us, koppla69! We're so happy that you and your family enjoyed our hidden gem in the middle of Kansas!
Written June 19, 2020
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douglasf719
Gulfport, MS65 contributions
Jun 2020
I've been to many different space related museums and this is one of the best. Has many original space rockets/components that have actually flown or were backups ready to fly but weren't needed. The Goddard Lab was interesting but would be of particular interest to pre-teens since the person doing it was using liquid oxygen and actually created an explosion in the lab. Naturally a plexiglass shield separated the audience from the explosion. I would recommend the visit. Also see the theatre and Planetarium shows. By the way, the cafeteria was pretty good.
Written June 8, 2020
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Thank you! What a great review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Please come back and see us anytime!
Written June 19, 2020
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Oknurse
12 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
It was nice to revisit the Cosmosphere. My son attended the space camps there several years in the past. My husband and I came for a visit and spent 4 -5 hours enjoying the museum and film/interactive shows. Very enjoyable afternoon
Written June 5, 2020
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We're glad you enjoyed your visit! Come back soon!
Written June 19, 2020
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americanhistorymajor
Colorado Springs, CO41 contributions
Jul 2020
My husband and I are huge Air and Space fans. This museum was such an experience in the Cold War and early space history. Of particular interest was the early rocket experiments in Nazi, Germany and the interesting parallels in the museum of the race to the moon between Russia and the US. We toured the entire museum as well as the planetarium show. This was about a 3 hour tour for us. It could definitely be longer.
Written August 10, 2020
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We like to pride ourselves that our collection includes the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world, thus allowing us to tell the story of the Space Race better than any other museum! Thanks for visiting and come back and see us soon!
Written August 11, 2020
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recorder
Pineville, MO1,648 contributions
Aug 2020
As someone who lived through the cold war and the space race that was a part of it, it was a great experience to relive those bygone days. There's lots to see here and lots to learn if you've never heard the story of Sputnik and rockets blowing up on launch pads and in the air. A great history lesson with lots of artifacts from the era on display.
Written August 20, 2020
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Thank you for the review, recorder and thank you for visiting!
Written August 24, 2020
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Cosmosphere is open:
  • Wed - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM