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Located an hour north of Wichita in Hutchinson, the Cosmosphere is easily one of the top attractions in Kansas.  Their collection of U.S. space artifacts are rivaled only by the Smithsonian.  In addition, they have the second largest collection covering Russian space history in the World.  These exhibits are laid out nicely in a chronological fashion tracing the evolution space technology from Nazi Germany's early rockets up through the Space Shuttle and beyond.  The Cosmoshpere is a museum unique to the world and should not be missed. The Basics: Websitehttp://www.cosmo.org Phone:  (800) 397-0330 Address:  1100 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501-1499 Hours:   Monday-Saturday (9:00am-6:00pm); Sunday (12:00pm-6:00pm) General Admission: Adults $12; Children (4-11) $10;  Children (under 3) Free;  Seniors (60+) $10 This museum has a permanent aviation exhibit and is home to many of the finest traveling exhibits in the nation.  In addition, they have the largest dome theater in Kansas which doubles as a planetarium and has showings every hour seven days a week.   There is one important bit of information to be aware of before you visit: It is advised that you purchase tickets in advance for the main exhibit as they only sell a set number each day.  This will ensure that you do not make a trip only to get turned away.  The Basics: Website:  http://www.exploration.org Phone:  (316) 660-0600 Address:  300 N McLean Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203 Hours:  Monday-Saturday (10:00am-5:00pm); Sunday (12:00pm-5:00pm) General Admission: Adults $9.50; Children (4-11) $6; Seniors (65+) $8 Admission for Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium: Adults $5; Children (4-11) $3; Seniors (65+) $4 Admission for Traveling Exhibits:  Varies with the exhibit.  Some are included with the general admission and some can cost upwards of twenty dollars per person.    Since Wichita is the “air capitol of the world” it is only fitting that we have a renowned aviation museum.  The KAM definitely serves this purpose.  They are located at the original Wichita Municipal Airport which was in service from 1924 to 1954.  They have indoor and outdoor exhibits and they are caretakers of over two million artifacts and records.  They house over twenty planes from the old biplanes like the Laird Swallow or American Eagle to the massive Boeing B-52 bomber or KC 135E.  Aside from the exhibits you can enjoy the original restored airport and even go up into the control tower and watch planes landing at McConnell AFB while listening to a live feed from air traffic controllers.  Finally, for some fun visit the Sim Adventure Center on Saturday and you can fly in any of the five state of the art combat flight simulators.   The Basics Website: http://www.kansasaviationmuseum.org Phone:  (316) 683-9242 Address:  3350 South George Washington blvd., Wichita, KS 67210. Hours:  Monday-Saturday (10:00am-5:00pm); Sunday (12:00pm-5:00pm) Cost:  Adults $8; Children (4-12) $6; Seniors (65+) $7 They offer the opportunity to explore the heavens through a 16 inch telescope every Friday and Saturday evening.  At the Observatory you can view distant galaxies, glowing gas clouds, craters and mountains on our own moon, or get an intimate look at the planets of our solar system.  There is also an interactive museum on site and each night they will provide a lecture or presentation. The Basics: Website:  http://webs.wichita.edu/lapo Phone:  (316) 978-3191 Address:  25000 W 39th Street, Goddard, KS 67052 Hours: Open Friday and Saturday only.  Summer: 9:00pm-11:00pm; Winter: 7:30pm-10:00pm Cost:  Adults $4; Children (6-12) $3
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