With the largest collection of space artifacts outside the Smithsonian, and the largest collection of Soviet space hardware in the Western world, you'll be surrounded by the sights, sounds, and thrills of man's journey to the stars. The Cosmosphere was also named one of the 8 Wonders of Reno County,
as well as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas
Restored by the Cosmosphere, authentic V-1 and V-2 rockets are displayed in the German Gallery and set the stage for the acceleration of rocket development in the 20th century. The Cold War Gallery's display of technology testing, Sputnik, and Sputnik II highlight Russia's early dominance of the space race.
The space race heats up in the Early Spaceflight Gallery as you move beyond a section of the German Wall before stepping into the shadow of a towering Gemini-Titan rocket. You then come face-to-face with Liberty Bell 7, the famous spacecraft recovered in 1999 after 38 years on the Atlantic Ocean floor. The Early Spaceflight Gallery also features Gemini X and Russian Vostok and Voskhod spacecraft.
From actual gloves worn by Neil Armstrong when he touched the surface of the moon, to the famed Apollo XIII command module Odyssey, the Apollo Gallery features the crowning achievements of the U.S. space program.
In addition to the space museum, the Cosmosphere offers other entertaining and educational opportunities.
- The Carey Digital Dome Theater utilizes the largest projection system in the world.
- Astronaut Experience, the newest attraction, offers interactive activities for all ages. Ride a g-force simulator, control Liberty Bell 7 recovery simulators, plan a mission to Mars, sit inside a Mercury spacecraft replica, and more. Admission is free. Centrifuge rides are $4 per person.
- Dr. Goddard's Lab illustrates a live rocket science demonstration.
- Justice Planetarium Theater offers educational star shows.
- Cosmosphere Education Programs provide a unique blend of classroom instruction and experiential learning. Fourteen different space and aviation camps for children and adults of all ages are offered throughout the year. Rocketry, robotics, aviation training, Shuttle mission simulations, stress testing, and g-force training are among the many adventures campers experience during their time at the Cosmosphere.
- Elderhostel Astronaut Training Program, for those 55+, includes interactive
briefings, rocket launches, g-force training, and a simulated shuttle mission.
- Cargo Bay Gift Store has a fascinating selection of space and aviation collectibles.
- The Lunar Outpost is a one-stop refueling station for lunch or just a quick snack.
KANSAS COSMOSPHERE AND SPACE CENTER
1100 North Plum | 620 662-2305 | 800 397-0330
Open daily except Christmas, Disabled accessible
It's an experience truly unlike any other! The Kansas Underground Salt Museum, an entity of the Reno County Historical Society, provides the only opportunity of this kind in the Western Hemisphere. It was also designated a winner in the 8 Wonders of Reno County
and 8 Wonders of Kansas
After a 70-second descent straight down on a double-decked elevator, the doors open and you're 650 feet under the Kansas prairie surrounded by salt deposits formed 275 million years ago.
This exotic subterranean world is as
comfortable as it is fascinating - - always 68 degrees with 45% relative
humidity. The historical, geological and
cultural story of salt comes to life with
dramatic displays and a tram ride through the maze of chambers created
by years of mining. This is still a working salt mine, although the museum area is far from the active mining activity.
The mine is also home of Underground Vaults and Storage (UVS), a secured site entrusted to protect all kinds of valuable materials including the original film of many
of the greatest movies.
A special Salt Museum gallery depicts the UVS facility.
The actual costumes from classic Hollywood flicks are
on display in the Salt Museum. It includes a temporary
exhibit of actual movie costumes such as Batman
, James Dean's shirt from Giant
, Agent Smith
, and the Snowman from Jack Frost
You can touch veins of
salt created millions of
years ago… and even
fill a bag with salt
During the peak travel
season, tours depart
every 20 minutes.
Because access is
limited by elevator
reservations are highly
recommended to ensure a timely visit. Children under
4 years of age are no permitted underground.
KANSAS UNDERGROUND SALT MUSEUM
3504 East Avenue G (G & Airport Road) | 620 662-1425 | 866 755-3450
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday - 9 am to 6 pm Sunday - 1 to 5 pm Closed Mondays except selected Holidays www.undergroundmuseum.org
Located just a block from Hutchinson's Main Street, the museum features four rotating exhibit galleries that display the county's rich history and heritage from the early pioneers
to present day.
The museum also features a children's area known as the Oodleplex.
This interactive display educates as
well as entertains with the themes of
pioneering, transportation, Native America, communication, and entertainment. While the Oodleplex is designed for children, "kids" of all ages will appreciate this unique attraction.
Be sure to enjoy the museum's grounds, which feature a
claim house, outhouse and windmill to offer further
glimpses into the past.
The museum staff can develop special programs and guided tours for school groups, adult groups, and bus tours when scheduled in advance.
RENO COUNTY MUSEUM
100 South Walnut | 620 662-1184
Tuesday through Saturday - 9 am to 5 pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays & Holidays
Free Admission | Disabled accessiblewww.renocomuseum.org
VISIT PEBBLEVILLE â€” a very popular area of the Museum â€”
a child-size community highlighted by an old-fashioned main
street and exhibit areas representing a lumber yard, a general
store, fire and police stations, a home, and a health center.
Kansas Kids Museum also features the extensive Henry
Westfahl rock collection. The spectacular array of specimens
provides an opportunity to
see a wide array of crystals,
gems, and ores, as well as fossils
and petrified wood.
A fun and educational
activities area includes a hands-on
phosphorescence dark box,
games, puzzles, and a
â€śgold digâ€ť. There is a
primary rock-climbing wall.
Creative dramatics, crafts,
science, and music are also offered at the Museum.
Kansas Kids Museum is available for field trips and
special events such as birthday parties.
KANSAS KIDS MUSEUM
1500 East 11TH | 620-669-5156
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pmkansaskidsmuseum.com