Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Cosmosphere

  • Hutchinson, KS
  • www.cosmo.org

Mission Statement

Inspiring Innovation Through Science Education and Honoring the History of Space Exploration.

Main Programs

  1. Cosmosphere Camps
  2. Boy Scout Programs
  3. Girl Scout Programs
  4. Cosmo Crisis
  5. Apollo 13 Redux
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Located in Hutchinson Kansas the Cosmosphere serves over 170,000 visitors annually from around the world who tour our museum, participate in our education programs and/or attend our special events.

ruling year

1965

Principal Officer since 2011

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Dick Hollowell

Keywords

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Space Museum, Space Education Facility, STEM Education Museum

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Also Known As

Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum

EIN

48-6120520

 Number

6032825244

Physical Address

1100 N Plum

Hutchinson, 67501

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Cosmosphere will honor the history of space exploration by educating visitors through its Smithsonian affiliated museum and through the restoration and replication of space artifacts for museums and exhibits around the world. The Cosmosphere will inspire the future of space exploration through award winning educational programming that engages audiences of all ages to embrace STEM education and pursue knowledge to advance the exploration of our world and our universe.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Cosmosphere Camps

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Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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Program 2

Boy Scout Programs

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Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Male Children (5 - 14 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

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Program 3

Girl Scout Programs

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Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

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Program 4

Cosmo Crisis

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Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 5

Apollo 13 Redux

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Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Located in Hutchinson Kansas the Cosmosphere serves over 170,000 visitors annually from around the world who tour our museum, participate in our education programs and/or attend our special events.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

The Cosmophere is a privately held museum and not government funded. Our fund raising supports one of three main areas 1. Operations of the museum and educational programming at the facility 2. Maintenance and renovation of the facility and exhibits in our Smithsonian affiliated Hall of Space museum 3. Scholarship funds for students who need assistance with funding for field trips, camp participation and special programming.

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

Association of Science and Technology Centers

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COSMOSPHERE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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Cosmosphere

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dick Hollowell

BIO

A leadership and management career spanning three industries and four decades brought Dick Hollowell to the Cosmosphere in 2011, when he was asked to join the organization as director of operations. In 2012, he was named Chief Executive Officer.

Dick was born and raised in South Hutchinson. He was previously president of the privately-held Kanox Corporation for 25 years until it was purchased by Airgas, Inc. in 2005. He continued in a consulting role at Kanox for two more years. Immediately prior to the Cosmosphere, Dick supervised a team of 500 employees as Vice President of Operations at Denver Drywall Co., while commuting between Denver and his home in Hutchinson, KS.

Dick attended Hutchinson Junior College before graduating from Emporia State University in 1971. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"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.
In 1997, a major building addition expanded the facility to 105,000 square feet and allowed for the display of a flown SR-71 Blackbird in the lobby.

In 1998, the Cosmosphere was named one of the first affiliates of the Smithsonian Institution, formalizing a long-term relationship with the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum.

In 2014, the Cosmosphere announced plans for another major renovation to support more interactive science education opportunities and to showcase its world class collection of artifacts in the type of engaging and stimulating environment today's museum visitors expect. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Bob Fee

Fee Insurance Agency

Term: Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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