May 20, 2020 8:50 PM

After long wait, Cosmosphere ready to show off new displays

Posted May 20, 2020 8:50 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After closing back in March, the Cosmosphere will reopen to the public on Friday. 

“We recognize the need to close and want to do whatever we could to help stop the spread of the virus,” Cosmosphere President Jim Remar said. “But it’s been a long two months so we’re really excited to start seeing some public back in the facility.” 

The museum was just getting ready to showcase some major renovations when the museum was closed because of the pandemic. 

“The timing couldn’t have been worse,” Remar said. “We were literally opening some new galleries . . . so it will be good to get people into those new spaces.” 

While the museum will be open, there will still be some areas closed off.

“We’re going to keep CosmoKids closed for a period of time just given the fact that it’s very hands-on and interactive,” Remar said. “We felt that is the best position to take right now. They will be able to see the new X-Plane gallery, see the Bell X-1 in its new display and configuration and then be able to enjoy the museum."

There will be guidelines for social distancing and performances. Shows will still have limited seating. For more information, visit cosmo.org.