Jul 09, 2024

Cosmosphere renovation to finish this month

Posted Jul 09, 2024 10:22 AM
Cosmosphere file photo by Judd Weil
Cosmosphere file photo by Judd Weil

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Cosmosphere is nearly done with a major renovation project.

"We're right now finishing renovations of about two-thirds of the museum, and the SpaceX Merlin will be in a rocket gallery where we'll have new interactives all about rocketry," said Cosmosphere CEO Jim Remar. "It's going to be a pretty awesome area for our visitors."

This is both going to move things around and make better use of the space.

"The main spacecraft are staying where they have been, but all the other artifacts, the suits, the hardware will be moving," Remar said. "It's moving things around, it's updating, it's opening things up. It's going to allow us to really tell the story in a little better chronological order, a little more of an open environment, well-lit environment, with just updated lighting, graphics, floor treatment. It's going to be an impressive gallery for us."

The work should be done in just a few days.

"I am anticipating around the 19th of this month, those galleries should be accessible to the public," Remar said. "Our Spaceworks and curatorial team will continue to put the final exhibits in place, and it should be fully complete prior to the holiday season."

The project received around $4.7 million including both federal and state funds to complete the renovation.

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