August 12, 2009

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Awarded Prestigious Grant
from the

Institute of Museum and Library Services


Hutchinson, Kansas - Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Kansas Cosmosphere will be updating its museum over the next two years to take guests from the past to the present and even glimpse the future of space exploration. The $137,000 grant will allow the Cosmosphere to add several new interactive simulators throughout the museum, and to extend the exhibits to include much more on the shuttle era, the International Space Station, Mars exploration and a peek at the new moon mars and beyond project, Constellation.  The Cosmosphere will be actively searching for funds to match this grant award over the next 6 to 12 months and will begin construction on these improvements this winter.


"This grant will greatly increase the interactivity of the museum and bring our exhibits beyond the Apollo era and into the present and future of space exploration, which is what many visitors want to know more about." - Marisa Honomichl, Vice President of Marketing and Development.


"As repositories of our nation's treasures and our nation's history, museums are positioned to play an integral role in the education of their communities. Museums for America grants support projects and ongoing activities that build museums' capacities and help these institutions serve their diverse constituencies to the best of their abilities. I am delighted that IMLS is able to provide support for this project. "- Dr. Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services


Museums for America is the Institute's largest grant program for museums, providing more than $19 million in grants to support the role of museums in American society to sustain cultural heritage, to support lifelong learning; and to be centers of community engagement. Museums for America grants strengthen a museum's ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution's mission and strategic goals. This year 433 applications were received by IMLS and 167 projects were selected.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit



The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing patrons' knowledge of space exploration. Educating people from around the globe, the Cosmosphere boasts the Hall of Space museum, one of the most significant collections of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world; the Justice Planetarium, a dome-shaped classroom where attendees learn about astronomy; Dr. Goddard's Lab, a live demonstration of early rocket technology; the Carey IMAX® Dome Theater, the 12th IMAX® theater built in the world; and summer astronaut training camps. For more information visit