Why is the Cosmosphere in Kansas?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions
at the Cosmosphere. The Cosmosphere began in
1962 as nothing more than a tiny planetarium
on the Kansas State Fairgrounds. When the planetarium
outgrew its original facility and moved to its
current location, the planetarium’s leaders
sought business advice from Max Ary, then director
of Ft.Worth’s Noble Planetarium. Interestingly,
Ary was also part of a Smithsonian Institution
committee in charge of relocating thousands of
space hardware to museums throughout the U.S.
The Cosmosphere was granted many of the artifacts.
The rest is History.
In the museum, what is real, and what is a replica?
This can be a complicated question. Most everything
you see in the museum was either flown in space,
built as a back up for what was flown in space,
built as a testing unit for what was flown in space,
or was the real deal, but was never meant for space.
Only a few artifacts are replicas, and those that
are replicas, are for good reason. For example,
the lunar module and lunar rover in the Apollo
Gallery are replicas (though built by the same
company that produced the flown modules), because
those that went in space, stayed in space. No museum
in the world carries a flown lunar module or rover.
In fact, they’re all still on the Moon.
You can view some of
our artifacts in the Artifacts
If you’re ever in doubt, ask us and we’ll
be happy to tell you.
What are your business hours? When are particular shows playing?
The answers to these questions vary, depending
on the time of year. If you can’t find the
answer to your question on our Hours
and Ticketing or Carey Digital Dome Theater pages, please call the Cosmosphere at
be happy to help you.
In your ticket system, what is meant by single venue?
The Cosmosphere offers
two ticket options: the All-Day Mission Pass and
the Single Venue Ticket. With the single venue ticket,
you receive admittance into just one Cosmosphere
venue of your choice (Hall of Space Museum, Carey
Digital Dome Theater, Justice Planetarium or Dr. Goddard’s
Lab). With the All-Day Mission
Pass, you receive admittance into everything. We
offer Group Rates and Special