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Cosmosphere, Hutchinson

4.8
#1 of 8 in Childrens Museums in Kansas
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Explore the second-biggest space artifact collection in the world when you visit Cosmosphere. View spacecraft from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, as well as the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. See a moon rock from Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon, and a real lunar rover. Stop by Dr. Goddard's Lab for a live science presentation or the Carey Digital Dome Theater to watch a film. Using our world travel planner, Hutchinson attractions like Cosmosphere can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Simply the best space museum we've visited hands down. I enjoyed it much more than the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. as it put everything into historical context. (I'm not much of a space... 
    Simply the best space museum we've visited hands down. I enjoyed it much more than the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. as it put everything into historical context. (I'm not much of a space...  more »
  • If you lived thru the Space Race and Apollo Flights, this is a place not to be missed. It is positively amazing what has been collected and is displayed at this facility. 
    If you lived thru the Space Race and Apollo Flights, this is a place not to be missed. It is positively amazing what has been collected and is displayed at this facility.  more »
  • The Cosmosphere. They do important work and it's interesting but also underwhelming. If you have young kids this would be a great place to visit as they are sure to be entertained.. IF they like... 
    The Cosmosphere. They do important work and it's interesting but also underwhelming. If you have young kids this would be a great place to visit as they are sure to be entertained.. IF they like...  more »
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  • A great museum to visit with all ages! Even my toddlers/preschoolers enjoyed looking around at all the different displays. The children's area supplies a few small activities for them to do (a grown up or older kid will definitely have to help) and that kept my crew busy for a while! We were bummed the cafe was closed during our visit but hopefully we can make the drive again soon!
  • The museum was great, it was very dark and difficult to find your way around and then also difficult to find way out. The nice thing was that there were several little classes of school children and when they are in the lab or the movie or the planetarium it's like you almost have the whole museum to yourself which is nice because nobody is wearing a mask anymore. I gave it a low rating however because the planetarium and the movie theater rooms were very very hot and uncomfortable, and the cafe did not have any food whatsoever it just had ice cream and popcorn. My favorite part was the SR-71 Blackbird and I remember doing a project when I was in school about this plane and it was just fascinating I'm very fortunate to see a real one at this museum! One other thing I was confused about was the lunar module from Apollo 13 I thought the sign said that it was a replica of some scale but then the brochure says that it's the actual lunar module so I was confused on that.
  • Totally loved this place, especially when you first walk in and see the SR71 and space shuttle! People have said they can spend 4 hours here, I say, how fast are you walking? We took a lunch break after 4 hours and then spent an additional 1 and a half hours and still could have spent even more time there. Don't miss the lab, it is so explosive! I almost forgot ... they also have an actual moon rock on display ... so cool!
  • Ok, just to be clear: this is one of the greatest places to visit for any true space nerd, regardless of age. Mind blowing amount of unique artifacts from US and USSR(!) space programs! Not just some photos or another bunch of old planes in the backyard but tons of really cool stuff (I won’t spoil it). Sure, big and small children will have plenty of fun there, but first of all it is an incredibly built home for so many unique gems of space history to see and learn about. Don’t hesitate and go, even if it feels like a long drive - it’s well worth it!
  • Loved the museum, unexpected pieces of space aviation history guide you on a time-line style tour through the building. Planetarium dome theater shows are extra, be mindful to plan your trip with showtimes in mind if you plan on attending. Though there is a children's space with rocket creation and wind tunnel, it is a small feature, making the overall age for appreciation of the museum probably 8-10+

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