May 16, 2020 11:00 AM

Cosmosphere delays opening until June 1

Posted May 16, 2020 11:00 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Following the announcement by Gov. Laura Kelly to hold off on some parts of the reopening of Kansas, the Cosmosphere leadership has announced it will delay public reopening until Monday, June 1. The new opening date is still contingent on further phasing directives as issued by Gov. Kelly.

Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors can expect the following safety measures when they visit:

• Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask. Disposable masks will be available at the box office upon request

• Multiple hand-sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Cosmosphere

• Seating in the Justice Planetarium and Carey Digital Dome theater will be limited to 30 persons. A 20-person limit will be in place in Dr. Goddard’s lab. In all theaters, attendees will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines

• Plexiglass shields and six-foot floor guides will be at point-of-sale locations

• All high-contact, hard/non-porous surfaces will be sanitized daily or multiple times during the day

• Access to information racks and other sources of paper, which can be handled by multiple individuals, will be eliminated

• The new interactive CosmoKids area, naviGATOR Simulator and children’s activities in the Cosmosphere lobby will not be available for use by the public until further notice

• Contactless pay is encouraged for those planning a trip to the Cosmosphere. Tickets are available online at cosmo.org/visit/tickets or by calling the box office at 620.665.9312.

Cosmosphere museum staff with public contact will be required to wear a clean face mask and disposable gloves during their shift. Staff who exhibit symptoms of illness will be required to stay at home. General COVID-19 safety practices, like social distancing and frequent hand washing, are also being practiced by all staff.

For questions on any of the Cosmosphere COVID-19 safety procedures, or to plan your visit, call the Cosmosphere Box Office at 620.665.9312.