Cosmosphere, Hutchinson, Kansas, USA

Through Science Education and Honoring the History of Space Exploration.Since its humble beginnings in 1962, visitors from across the globe have come to Cosmosphere Hutchinson to discover the inspiration.

In 1962, Cosmosphere founder Patty Carey set up a used Planetarium Projector and rented folded chairs in the Poultry Building of the Kansas State Fair Grounds and created one of the first public planetariums in the Central United States. Four years later, the planetarium was offered a new home on the campus of Hutchinson Community College and a new, enlarged science center was constructed.

Encouraged by the planetarium’s popularity, Patty and the board of directors began an expansion campaign to develop a space and science center worthy of international recognition. When it opened in 1980, the 35,000-square-foot facility included the planetarium, a three-level exhibit gallery, new classrooms for expanded school programs and one of the first-ever IMAX® Dome Theaters.

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