Museums & History

BARBER COUNTY

Carry A. Nation Home and Stockade Museum

Home of Carry A. Nation, prohibitionist. Stockade Museum and gift shop next door.
Home where Carry A. Nation lived when she began her tirades against "demon rum" and alcohol. Museum replica of 1873 stockade built here, with historical artifacts of dinosaur bones and early days on the prairie; 130+ year-old Smith Log Cabin and old jail in courtyard, moved to museum in 1961. Get area tourism information and Pay admission (for both museums) at Stockade gift shop.
Location 209-211 W Fowler Hwy 160 Medicine Lodge, KS   67104  Phone: (620) 886-3553
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Features Western heritage, Native American heritage, Other historic themes, Admission charge

Kiowa Historical Museum

Kiowa History and story of the Cherokee Strip.
The railroad, Cherokee Strip's Land Rush of 1893 and Carry A. Nation memorabilia.
Location 107 N 7th Kiowa, KS   67070 Phone: (620) 825-4127
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Features Western heritage, Military history, Native American heritage, Other historic themes, Accessible

Bill & Janet’s Nature Museum

Bill & Janet Smith
301 E Central Ave, #16
P.O. Box 311
Hardtner, KS  67057-8856
620-296-4652
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BARTON COUNTY

Shafer Memorial Art Gallery

Western themed Bronzes and so much more at the L.E. “Gus” and Eva Shafer Memorial Art Gallery.
Because of its glittering mirrored exterior and the outstanding art displayed inside, the L. E. “Gus” and Eva Shafer Memorial Art Gallery has been referred to as the “Gem of the Campus” at Barton County Community College. The building of the Shafer Gallery demonstrates the perseverance of a dream and a strong commitment to culture and the arts. The Permanent Art Collection includes 32 of Gus Shafer’s Western theme bronzes. Over 100 of his bronze, western themed sculptures are currently on display during the Shafer Retrospective. You can also view regional art and national touring exhibitions. Their mission states, The Shafer Memorial Gallery exists to advance the cultural and educational opportunities of students and the community. The exceptional quality and excellence of all the offerings of the gallery can be enhanced through substantial financial support from the people who believe in its mission and who want to help further its progress.
Location 245 NE 30 Rd Barton CO Community College Campus Great Bend, KS   67530 Phone: (620) 792-9342
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Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village

Interpretive facility. 11 bldgs; 6 original from 1873 to Lustron home. Santa Fe National Trail Assn.
The Village boasts several period original buildings: 1873 native stone house, 1898 church, 1910 railroad depot, 1915 school house, small post office and a Lustron house exhibit...all authentically furnished. Visitors may even pump fresh water at the Waupun wood-vaned windmill, beside a bed of native flowers. The main museum and other buildings allow a peek into rural community life. Permanent and rotating exhibits showcase 5-acre village, Historic Santa Fe National Trail to WWII. Two thousand (2,000) exhibits and displays, monthly meetings, catered dinners, tours, weddings, reunions, special events and gift shop.
Location 85 S Hwy 281 Great Bend, KS   67530  Phone: (620) 793-5125 Fax: (620) 793-5125
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Features Western heritage, Ethnic heritage, Military history, Native American heritage, Historic trails exhibits, Aviation history, Transportation history, Other historic themes, Accessible parking/accommodations, Admission charge

Crest Theatre

National Historic Site. Renovated theater used for live performances.
Location 1905 Lakin Great Bend, KS   67530  Phone: (620) 792-4228
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Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Exhibits, programs, gift store, and a nature trail teach visitors about wetlands and wildlife Located on the Southeast side of the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area along K-156 Highway, part of the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. Dedicated to educating the public about wetland communities, their importance,and the need for conservation and restoration, with emphasis on Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. No admission charge.
Location 592 N.E. 156 Highway  Great Bend, KS   67530  Phone: (620) 786-7456 Toll Free: (877) 243-9268
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Features Picnic areas, Trails, Hunting, Primitive camping, Lodging nearby, Other historic themes, Accessible parking/accommodations

B-29 Memorial Plaza

Located at WWII B-29 airfield. Honoring the past, educating the future. All veterans honored.
Memorial at the B-29 air field dedicated to those who served in WWII. Located at WWII airfield for B-29 training.
Location 6th and Airport Rd Great Bend Municipal Airport ?Great Bend, KS   67530  Phone: (620) 793-5125
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Hoisington Community Historical Society Museum

Organized to perserve the history of Hoisington.
The Hoisington Community Historcal Society Museum was organized in May, 1995. The museum has military, railroad, school items, Hoisington Centennial Celebration items and local advertising memorabilia. There is also a renovated barn on site. Call 620-653-4320 for an appointment to tour the museum.
Location 120 E 2nd St  Hoisington, KS   67544  Phone: (620) 653-4320
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Features Other historic themes, Accessible parking/accommodations

Pawnee Rock State Historic Site

Prominent Santa Fe Trail landmark.
For travelers on the Santa Fe Trail, this sandstone citadel was one of the most prominent landmarks on their long journey. Native Americans were said to have met at Pawnee Rock and reputedly used it as a vantage point to spot bison herds and approaching wagon trains. Stand atop Pawnee Rock and you can contemplate the rich history of the Santa Fe Trail and take in the commanding view of the Arkansas River Valley.
Location 1/2 mile N Pawnee Rock, KS   67567  Phone: (785) 272-8681 Fax: (785) 272-8682
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Rose Manor

Tour a 1904 Georgian style home. Call for tour.
Location 707 State Larned, KS   67550  Phone: (620) 285-6292

Sibley's Camp

1825 Santa Fe Trail survey team campsite.
This is the local campsite of the U.S. Government team surveying the Santa Fe Trail. On August 31, 1825 the team stopped in Larned at a location described in George Sibley's diary as "cliffs of soft rock".
Location 2nd and State St Larned, KS   67550 Phone: (620) 285-3295

BUTLER COUNTY

Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum

Ten acres of farming, ranching and oil history featuring the permanent exhibit:Glory of the Hills.
The Flint Hills region is a fountain of energy flowing through the plants, animals and humans. Experience the ecological distinctiveness of the Tallgrass Prairie. The perfect place to start your journey through the Hills is the "Glory of the Hills" exhibit. Discover the land is more than soil and limestone. Be inspired by the landscape and history of the Flint Hills. Over 100 years of history on 10 acres. The museum also features exhibits on farming, ranching and oil. Indoors there are hands-on exhibits, a research facility, Kansas Oil Hall of Fame and the Texaco Theater. Outdoor exhibits feature over 20 pieces of oil field equipment and 7 historic buildings. Research facility and gift shop. Tours available.
Location 383 E Central  PO Box 696? El Dorado, KS   67042  Phone: (316) 321-9333 Fax: (316) 321-3619
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Features Western heritage, Native American heritage, Other historic themes, Accessible parking/accommodations, Admission charge

The Coutts Museum of Art

Over 1,500 fine art objects by such artists as Renoir, Degas, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Russell and Frederick Remington in El Dorado, Kansas?  Absolutely!  Behind the columns and heavy steel doors of this classic 1917 building, The Coutts Museum of Art features vast collections of American Art, Art of the West, and various other collections. The permanent collection includes one of the finest collections of Prairie Printmakers, and changing exhibits include works of national importance, including the PaintAmerica Top100 annual exhibition. Free admission, facility rental available.  Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 9a.m. – 5p.m., Saturday noon – 4p.m.

Location 110 N. Main Street El Dorado, KS  67042 Phone: (316) 321.1212 Website

WW II History Center

The Center is open every Saturday from 11:00am to 5:00pm except for holidays. It can also be open on other days by appointment.
Location 119 W. Central El Dorado, KS   67042 Phone: (316) 322-8753
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Features Military history, Accessible parking/accommodations

 

Augusta Historical Museum & C.N. James Trading Post

See Augusta's first building - the 1868 C.N. James log cabin, which stands on it's original site.
A must see while traveling across Kansas. The Augusta Historical Museum is home to the 1868 C.N. James Log Cabin and Trading Post. The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only two log cabins on its original site in the State of Kansas. The cabin is being restored to its 1868 use as a trading post. It is the oldest building in Augusta. The attached museum is filled with artifacts from Native Americans, the Early Pioneers, the arrival of the Railroad, and the Oil Boom. These items and other rotating exhibits depict life in Augusta from the mid 1800's through the 1940's. Museum Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11a - 3p; Sat./Sun. 1p - 4p; Tours available.
Location 303 State St?Augusta, KS   67010 Phone: (316) 775-5655 Fax: (316) 775-5655
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Features Western heritage, Other historic themes, Accessible parking/accommodations

Kansas Aviation Museum

Discover the aviation heritage of Kansas in memorabilia, displays and vintage aircraft.
Housed in the original Wichita Municipal Airport Terminal building built in 1935, this museum chronicles the growth and development of general aviation in Kansas and displays a growing collection of aircraft and aviation related artifacts.
Location 3350 S George Washington Blvd? Wichita, KS   67210  Phone: (316) 683-9242 Fax: (316) 683-0573 ?Toll Free: (877) 683-9242
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Features Aviation history, Accessible parking/accommodations, Admission charge

 

The Kansas Museum of Military History

Experience and learn about the military history of Kansas and United States.
KMMH is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration and preservation of the military artifacts of Kansas and the USA, and to the education of the public. ??The Museum consists of 16,500 square feet of space with over 10,000 military artifacts and features a memorial wall dedicated to the veterans of Kansas along with various military vehicles including tanks, jeeps, trucks and a Huey Helicopter from the Viet Nam war. ??The museum is open 1-5pm daily and special tours can be arranged upon request.
Location 135 S Hwy 77 ?Augusta, KS   67010? Phone: (316) 775-1425
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Features Military history, Accessible parking/accommodations

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Allen-Lambe House Museum

Tour this beautiful prairie home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, architect. Appointments only.
Encounter a museum showcasing an important prairie house designed in 1915, that Frank Lloyd Wright considered "among my best." The features of the home establishes a strong indoor/outdoor design relationship. Guided tours by appointment only.
Location 255 N Roosevelt?Wichita, KS   67208 Phone: (316) 687-1027 Fax: (316) 687-2991
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Douglass Historical Museum

Indian relics, genealogy material, early household ca 1910 effects cleverly displayed.
Celebrate the time of the pioneers that came west and settled in Douglass.
Location 318 S Forrest  Douglass, KS   67039? Phone: (316) 746-2319
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Features Western heritage, Military history, Native American heritage, Other historic themes, Accessible parking/accommodations

 

Prairie Rose Chuckwagon

Midwest's largest chuckwagon Supper. Reservations necessary.
All you can eat smoked brisket dinner and Western Stage Show. Open year round Thurs - Sat. Sunday matinees featuring gospel and bluegrass. Wagon rides, train rides, cowboy movie, shopping. Wedding and other party facility.
Location 15231 SW Parallel Rd Benton, KS   67017 Phone: (316) 778-2121 Toll Free: (800) 278-3697
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Features Wagon rides, Chuckwagon, Western heritage, Accessible parking/accommodations, Admission charge

 

CHASE COUNTY

 

County Historical Society Museum

Museum of Chase County history which includes memorabilia of Knute Rockne crash.
Houses a wonderful, comprehensive collection of Chase County artifacts, photos, all newspapers that were published in Chase County, Volumes I, II, III, and IV of the Chase County Historical Sketches, cemetery listings, and history of the Flint Hills and includes memorabilia of Knute Rockne crash.
Location 301 Broadway Cottonwood Falls, KS   66845 Phone: (620) 273-8500
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Features Western heritage, Aviation history

 

Roniger Memorial Museum

Museum of Native American and Chase County artifacts.
Built and donated to the County by Frank and George Roniger as a memorial to their mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Roniger. The museum houses the Roniger's extensive Indian artifact collection.
Location Courthouse Square SW Corner of Courthouse Square  Cottonwood Falls, KS   66845 Phone: (620) 273-6310
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Features Western heritage, Native American heritage

 

Chase County All Veterans Memorial

War memorial to Chase County's veterans built and financed by local Veterans.
The Chase County All Veterans Memorial is located in a peaceful, quiet corner of Swope Park. It honors Veterans of all wars and conflicts. The focal point is the Cenotaph that names all Chase Countians who served from the Civil War to the present. On the grounds you will find a helicopter, tank, and an anchor, which represent the different branches of military service. To the right of the Cenotaph is a spacious gazebo that acts as a band shelter during community events. Each year ceremonies are held to honor our soldiers on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Also a Flag Retirement Ceremony is held on Flag Day. The entire All Veterans Memorial was designed, financed and constructed by local Veterans as a tribute to all Veterans.
Location 424 N Walnut St NE corner of Swope Park  Cottonwood Falls, KS   66845  Phone: (620) 273-8469

 

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Witness an example of a tallgrass prairie ecosystem, in which less than 4% now remains.
The preserve is the only unit in the National Park Service dedicated to preserving a rare remnant of tallgrass prairie. Visitors may experience the prairie via prairie bus tours (May through October), nature hikes and trails. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is a 10,894 acre remnant of tallgrass prairie located in the heart of the Flint Hills. Visitors can enjoy historic house tours of an 1880s limestone mansion, a massive three story limestone barn, Lower Fox Creek one-room school and two frontcountry nature trails. Over ten miles of backcountry trails available via free hiking permit. See a ranger for details. ??Daily prairie bus tours are available from May - October and run at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Minimum of two people required per bus tour. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 for children 5 - 18 years. Children aged four and under are free. Special Combination Prairie Bus and Ranch Headquarters Tours are available during the summer season (May - October) for $7 per adult with an advanced reservation required. Ranch headquarters tours are available year-round with advanced reservations. Tickets are $4 per adult and $2 for children ages 5 - 18 years. Age four and under are free. Experience a working ranch on the 1st and 3rd weekends (May - October) as living history interpreters demonstrate everyday skills, while dressed in period costume. Visitors can help churn butter, quilt or watch cooking, saddling and gardening demonstrations as part of the weekend activities. On the second and fourth weekends at 10 am, visitors can experience a short hike along a riparian area to learn about the aquatic element found in a prairie ecosystem. Visitors are driven via bus to the Red House area, then hike roughly 1/2 mile to a natural stream area. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Hike is moderately strenuous. Visitors should bring water, wear appropriate clothing for hiking and use bug spray. New Junior Ranger activities are available on site or may also be downloaded via the website. Completion of five activities are required to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Children may complete a Leave No Trace Scavenger Hunt to obtain a patch. Both activities available in Spanish. Catch-and-release fishing is now available in three ponds at the preserve. A Kansas state fishing license is required. A free Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve fishing permit is required before fishing and may be obtained at the information kiosk on site. "Experience the Flint Hills Tours" are available for organized bus tour groups with advanced reservations. Reservations can be made by calling the preserve at 620-273-8494 and visiting our website. Experience all that the Flint Hills has to offer. New activities are added, so watch our website for more listings. ??The preserve is open everyday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. The preserve is located 17 miles south of Council Grove or 2 miles north of Strong City, Kansas on Flint Hills National Scenic Byway 177.
Location 2480 Ks. Hwy 177 Strong City, KS   66869  Phone: (620) 273-8494
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Features:  Picnic areas, Historic features, Trails, Fishing, Lodging nearby, Accessible parking/accommodations

 

Cavalry Barn

Native limestone barn built in 1926 that once housed the 114th Cavalry.
Built in 1926, this barn constructed of native limestone. Currently undergoing restoration.
Location Union & Walnut SE Corner of Union and Kansas Scenic Byway 177  Cottonwood Falls, KS   66845  Phone: (620) 273-8469

 

COMANCHE COUNTY

 

Comanche County Historical Museum

Features the Comanche Cattle Pool ranch exhibit, Indian artifacts, and Stan Herd exterior mural.
The Comanche Cattle Pool covered the Gypsum Hills from the late 1870's to 1885. Fifteen cattlemen "pooled" their holdings into a herd of 80,000 head. It was the state's largest cattle operation, with some two million acres under its control. Many other collections and items on display.
Location 105 W Main St Coldwater, KS   67029 Phone: (620) 582-2108
Features?Western heritage, Military history, Native American heritage, Other historic themes, Accessible parking/accommodations
Comanche County Veterans Memorial/Heritage Park
Inspiring tribute to Comanche County veterans located in Heritage Park.
This large Veterans' Memorial is located in the beautifully landscaped park; complete with large gazebo, commemorative bricks, walking path, and plant identification.
Location Main St & New York Ave  Coldwater, KS   67029 Phone: (620) 582-2993
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COWLEY

Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum

Artifacts of the 1893 Land Rush into Oklahoma Territory, area history, and gift shop.
The museum began in an effort to preserve the history of the Cherokee Strip Land Rush of September 16, 1893 and the cultures of those who lived in the strip.
Location 31639 Hwy 77 S Arkansas City, KS   67005 Phone: (620) 442-6750 
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Features Western heritage, Ethnic heritage, Native American heritage, Accessible parking/accommodations, Admission charge

Cowley County Historical Museum

Guided tours and programs that depict Cowley County's early history and culture.
Museum contains hundreds of items, furniture, business, and residential equipment used by the families living in Cowley County since the beginning in 1869. Includes period rooms, retail packages found in groceries, clothing, historical photographs, everything covering period 1870 to present. Has library, archives, and genealogy departments.
Location 1011 Mansfield Winfield, KS   67156 Phone: (620) 221-4811
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Features Western heritage, Other historic themes, Accessible parking/accommodations

Udall Community Historical Society Museum

109 East First St, Udall 67146 - 620-782-3004

An amazing museum displaying artifacts, historical pieces and information related to the history of Udall and Cowley County including the devastating tornado of 1955. Updated directories for 10 local cemeteries, genealogy on Udall families, memorial brick walkway and stone in the park listing lives lost in the tornado.

Open Wednesdays 3-5 pm and Sunday 1-3 pm or by appointment.

Vietnam War Memorial

Replica of Washington, DC's Memorial, listing Kansans lost or MIA from the Vietnam War.
This beautiful memorial lists the names of all 777 servicemen and nurses from Kansas who lost their lives or are missing in action from the Vietnam War.
Location 401 E 9th Ave Winfield, KS   67156 Phone: (620) 221-2421 Fax: (620) 221-2958 Toll Free: (877) 729-7440
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EDWARDS

 

Edwards County Historical Museum and Sod House

Trace the historical development of the West in this great collection.
The sod house has been enclosed in a new building to protect it. It no longer looks like this from the road. Inside, the collection includes everything from farm machinery to fine ladies' hats. View the roomettes that show everyday life from several different decades. The Sod House is authentic and you can even see a "sod cutter" to find out how sod houses were made.
Location W Hwy 5/56?Kinsley, KS   67547 Phone: (620) 659-2420  Toll Free: (877) 464-3929

 

National Center for Carnival Heritage

History of family carnivals, working carousel, antique broadsides, photos, games and memorabilia.
The only museum in America dedicated to preserving the unique history of the American traveling carnival. A 1900 antique Double Decker Carousel is being restored - a tour of the work-to-date is available. Guided tours, to include the 1900 Double Decker Carousel, available. Carnival Daze, an annual event, relives some of the early days of the traveling carnival.
Location 113 and 200 E 6th St Kinsley, KS   67547 Phone: (620) 659-2201  Toll Free: (877) 464-3929
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GREENWOOD

 

Greenwood County Historical Museum

Exhibits of early life in the county. Genealogy research available. Sculptor Jim Brothers displays.
The Greenwood County Historical Society and Museum was formed in 1973. We are located on Fourth Street one block west of Main. Our hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. On occasion we are closed over the lunch hour. Stop by and see our horse drawn farming equipment or the display on Lamont, Kansas. We also have a dress in our collection that was worn at President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball and several of Jim Brothers' sculptures. Greenwood County is rich with history. You never know what you will find, so come explore Greenwood County today!
Location 120 W 4th St Eureka, KS   67045 Phone: (620) 583-6682
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Features Western heritage, Ethnic heritage, Military history, Native American heritage, Historic trails exhibits, Transportation history, Other historic themes, Accessible parking/accommodations

 

Madison Depot

A museum under development in the renovated Santa Fe depot.
A museum dedicated to the historical preservation and education of the Madison area. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location N 3rd & Boone St Madison, KS   66860 Phone: (620) 437-3500

HARPER

 

Historical Museum of Anthony

Houses local artifacts from Anthony and the surrounding area in the late 1800s-1900s.
The museum houses local artifacts from Anthony and the surrounding area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Exhibits that rotate are collections of all types, civic and service organization histories, transportation, communication and school displays, plus railroad memorabilia.
Location 502 W Main Anthony, KS   67003 Phone: (620) 842-3852

HARVEY


Harvey County Historical Museum and Archives
Hosting permanent and rotating exhibits and educational opportunities and resources for research.
Harvey County's largest repository of railroad artifacts and archives, including a permanent Santa Fe railroad exhibit. Rotating exhibits change every few months. Visit the 1873 Kellas One-Room School, which is on the museum grounds. Resources for research include over 3,000 historic photos, extensive archives relating to family history, property research, and local history, and staff and volunteers to assist guests. The educational opportunities include programs and workshops, traveling trunks for use by schools, clubs or other organizations and a Speaker's Bureau to provide off-site programs. Research requests or other inquiries are encouraged through the email address.
Location 203 N Main Newton, KS   67114 Phone: (316) 283-2221
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Features Western heritage, Historic trails exhibits, Admission charge

 

Kauffman Museum

Award-winning exhibits Mennonite history, immigrant furniture, tallgrass prairie, historic farmstead
The museum tells the story of the coming of the Mennonites from Europe to the Central Plains in the 1870s, their encounters with the prairie environment and its peoples, and their continuing global relationship through service, mission, and travel in the 20th century. The gift shop offers a unique line of items related to the Museum's collections. Tallgrass and wildflower prairie, Mennonite immigrant history, farmstead with heirloom gardens, special exhibitions, and museum store. The museum offers special thematic tours for school classes from K-6, based on school curriculum.
Location 2801 N Main St North Newton, KS   67117 Phone: (316) 283-1612
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Features Ethnic heritage, Native American heritage, Accessible parking/accommodations, Admission charge

 

Warkentin House

An 1887 Victorian house museum with original furnishings.
The Victorian home of Bernhard Warkentin and Wilhelmina Eisenmayer that Warkentin built in 1886. This home is a splendid example of the Victorian period in American Architecture and furnishings. Bernhard encouraged Mennonite immigrants to bring Turkey Red hard winter wheat. The hardy, high-yield variety gave Kansas its enormous productivity and made this region the breadbasket of the world. This was made possible by the arrival of cattle and railroad grants for immigrants.
Location 211 E 1st St Newton, KS   67114 Phone: (316) 283-3113 Toll Free: (800) 899-0455
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Kansas Sports Muesum

Heros in sports - Leaders in Life.
The Kansas Sports Museum is a division of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and highlights the great history of sports in Kansas, with exhibits, displays, artifacts and photos dedicated to high school and college sports, plus Kansans who have played at the professional level. The spacious 22,000-square foot museum is fully accessible to handicapped guests and also features a banquet room for rent.
Location 601 SE 36th Suite 123 Newton Chisholm Trail Center Newton, KS   67114 Phone: (316) 804-4686
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Halstead Heritage Museum & Depot

History of Halstead in a 1917 Santa Fe Depot.
Showcases history of area medicine, milling, railroad, and Adolph Rupp. The museum is divided into two main galleries - formerly the depot waiting rooms. The east room holds The Charles Basore Gallery. A life-long resident of the area, Mr. Basore was a collector and historian who shared his enthusiasm and love for local history through collections in his personal museum near Bentley. The west room contains The Lehman-Dreese Gallery. This gallery was named in recognition of the faithful and generous support given to the Halstead Historical Society by Gladys Dreese. A large percentage of the Society's artifacts came from Miss Dreese's personal collection of family memorabilia.
Location 116 E 1st PO Box 88 Halstead, KS   67056 Phone: (316) 835-2267
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Cole House Museum

Historic house museum dating to 1875 with original furnishings and artifacts.
The Cole House Museum began as a two-room family dwelling with a lean-to kitchen in 1875. Through later additions it is now a 15-room house featuring many original furnishings, textiles, clothing, dishes, tools, and artifacts. Family photographs allow visitors to see the history of a Kansas pioneer family.??The property was owned by one family for over 110 years until it was donated to be developed into a museum. Open by appointment, or for special events.
Location 402 W Cole? PO Box 69 Moundridge, KS   67107 Phone: (620) 345-2427
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KINGMAN COUNTY

Kingman County Historical Museum

Artifacts of Kingman County and only known hose drying tower west of the Mississippi.
Originally the Kingman city offices and fire department, the museum has the only known hose-drying tower west of the Mississippi, used to keep old cotton hoses from molding. The museum also has artifacts from Kingman history, including a small Clyde Cessna exhibit. On the National Register of Historic Places. One of 6 Kingman buildings on a walking tour.
Location 400 N Main Kingman, KS   67068 Phone: (620) 532-5274
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MARION

Mennonite Heritage & Argricultural Museum

Multi-building Mennonite History Museum. 8 building complex; 6 buildt before 1912
Come and learn how Mennonite Immigrants came to Central Kansas in 1874, admire antiques, listen to the windmill, see the Liberty Wheat Bell that hung in the Smithsonian Institute for two years. Visit the Immigrant House and Turkey Red Wheat Palace. Other buildings include the Krause House (1875), South Bloomfield School (1875), Goessel Preparatory School (1906) and many other buildings. Be sure to visit the Museum store where Mennonite history and Kansas books, cookbooks, wheatweaving and gift and souvenir items are featured.
Location 200 N. Poplar Goessel, KS   67053 Phone: (620) 367-8200
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William F. Schaeffler House Museum

Visitors explore life as a Midwestern prosperous merchant family in this 1909 home.
This historic house museum includes the elegant 1909 Edwardian, Queen Anne style Schaeffler House which is on the National Register of Historic Places, a Carriage House, and spacious park-like grounds. This 12-room home is an excellent example of Midwestern prosperous merchant family life at the turn of the century. The home features an open stairway, stained glass windows, fine woodwork, and a round cupola.
Location 312 E Grand Ave


Friesen Dutch Mill

Visit the Dutch Friesen Mill and go back in time.
The mill is a working replica of a 1876 Mennonite pioneer windmill. The windmill powers mill stones to grind wheat to flour.
Location 501 S Ash St Hillsboro, KS   67063 Phone: (620) 947-3775
Features Ethnic heritage, Accessible parking/accommodations, Admission charge

 

Kreutziger Schoolhouse

Experience early education on the Kansas prairie in this one room furnished schoolhouse.
The Kreutziger Schoolhouse provides wonderful insight into school days in the 1870s Mennonite settlements.
Location 501 S Ash St Hillsboro, KS   67063 Phone: (620) 947-3775
Features Ethnic heritage, Accessible parking/accommodations, Admission charge


CCC Wash House Museum

This recently opened museum was the only facility of its kind in the entire CCC.
CCC Wash House and Dry Cleaning Establishment is now a museum. The black veteran Civilian Conservation Corps Camp #4755 arrived in Marion County in 1936. Their goal was to build a park and earthen dam that would cover an area of over 300 acres. They had energy for extra projects –– one was building a wash house and dry cleaning business. Since the camp was composed of veterans of the Spanish-American War and World War I, they were much older than the junior CCC enrollees. Therefore this wash house may have been a result of very enterprising men finding a way to supplement their dollar a day pay. The story of the building was discovered in their Cappy’s Camp Courier newspaper that was published by the camp’s journalism class. In 1938, two years after the Civilian Conservation Corps Company V4755 enrollees arrived in Marion, this 12’x18’ native limestone wash house was erected through the leadership of Argo Bedford, Henry Reed, (buried in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery) and James Warren. After work hours other men in the camp aided in its construction. Their newspaper admitted it was an effort to obtain some of the business that was going into the coffers of the downtown competition. The building had a concrete floor containing drainage facilities, hot water tanks, a sewing machine, tables, tubs, irons, a gasoline washing machine and a Hoffman pressing machine. All underclothing, fatigues, socks, shirts, trousers, etc. –– unpressed or rough dry cost fifty cents per month. For $1.25 all clothing would be done and two dress G.I. uniforms would be cleaned and pressed twice per month. Laundry and dry cleaning bills were payable on payday and the men took advantage of the charge account. Business ran around the $200 mark per month. The camp newspaper noted that this establishment was the only one of its kind in the entire CCC throughout the United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with over 2,650 camps. In April, 2007, the county commissioners gave permission to turn it into a museum commemorating the history of the park and lake’s construction by the CCC and highlighting the history of its continuation of being a great place to enjoy. People were very interested in the project and it took off! All the work was done by these people, either by donating money, artifacts or labor. The process of getting it presentable began immediately by washing off 100s of mud dauber nests, removing junk, rotten windows, building a door, replacing electrical wiring, installing new donated windows, discovering inexpensive ways to display the artifacts, books and miscellaneous items, laying a cement stoop, purchasing a used desk and showcase. Even a photo of the lake dog, Whitey, a wise, adored and official queen of the area has been displayed. This building along with the park and lake were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Location 48 Lakeshore Drive 1 Office Drive Marion, KS   66861 Phone: (620) 382-3240
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Marion Historical Museum

Memorabilia of town's history located in beautiful 1887 Baptist church.
A wide variety of artifacts, keepsakes, and general memorabilia tell the story of the area. There are excellent biographies and stories of the many citizens who helped build the community, and many reminders of the town's history. The foyer displays interesting artifacts of the Santa Fe Trail. The "School Room" has photos of graduating classes of Marion High School beginning with 1884. The museum also has Indian artifacts and a restored historic spring nearby.
Location 625 E Main Marion, KS   66861 Phone: (620) 382-9134
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Peabody Historical Complex

Tour Peabody Printing Museum, 1881 Morgan House, Peabody Museum, Peabody Carnegie Library.
Peabody Museum, once the first free library in Kansas; the 1914 Carnegie Library, still functioning as a library; the Morgan House, restored 1881 home of the first newspaper editors; perhaps the only 'ADA Outhouse' in the world; and the Peabody Printing Museum, which has a vast collection of old printing press and printing related equipment, all working.
Location 212 N Walnut Peabody, KS   66866 Phone: (620) 983-2174
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Harvey House Museum

A true Kansas historic treasure tucked away in Florence Kansas. Call for appointment.
Step back in time and visit the Historic Harvey House Museum. Dinners served to groups in authentic Harvey House style, by reservation only. Every year, the last Saturday before the 4th of July brings the Harvey House Fish Fry, which is a very popular event. In return for your free-will donation to help continue the museum operation, you will enjoy fried fish and mountain oysters, homemade side dishes & desserts and wonderful company. Please visit the Web site for further details and photos!
Location 221 Marion Florence, KS   66851 Phone: (620) 878-4296
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MCPHERSON

McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation

Diverse collection of art, history, model train layout, and Native American artifacts. Tours avail.
Museum is located in the Vaniman Home, a historic and elegant 1920s mansion. Tours available. Tues.-Sat. 1-5 p.m.
Location 1130 E Euclid?McPherson, KS   67460 Phone: (620) 241-8464  Fax: (620) 241-2676 ?Toll Free: (800) 324-8022
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Galva Historical Museum

The Museum creates and promotes interest in the heritage of Galva and the surrounding community.
Learn about the history of Galva and see displays of past businesses. Old newspapers and records from the late 1800s through today are available for research. Many old school records from Galva Public Schools and the surrounding country schools are also available. Learn more about the Santa Trail crossing at Running Turkey Creek. The Cherokee Trail intersected with the Santa Fe Trail at this point in 1849. A special display shows local farm truck pictures from the 1920s thru present.
Location 204 S Main St  Galva, KS   67443 Phone: (620) 654-3328
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Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery

Sharing the arts with the world through the life and vision of Birger Sandzén.
The Gallery exhibits the artwork of Swedish-American artist and educator Birger Sandzen. Also included in the exhibition calendar are shows from the Gallery's collections and regional, national and internationally recognized guest artists. Special exhibits, gallery talks, and chamber music programs complete the Gallery's calendar. Docent tours are available for groups with advance notice.
Location: 401 N 1st St?PO Box 348 Lindsborg, KS   67456 Phone: (785) 227-2220  Fax: (785) 227-4170
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McPherson County Old Mill Museum Complex

Restored 1898 flour mill, 1904 Swedish Pavilion and other exhibits.
Varied exhibits in 12 buildings showcase the lives of pioneers from the 1870s to the 1980s. Visit a rare, fully restored 1898 flour mill and learn how Kansas wheat was made into flour. Also, see the mill in operation the first weekend in May.  Explore the 1904 Swedish Pavilion, built for the St. Louis World's Fair. Styled after country manor houses in Sweden. Visit school days of long ago with a visit to the 1903 West Kentucky one-room school and the Bethany Academy. Learn about travel in 1979 at the Union Pacific Depot and nearby locomotive.   Visit a general store, bank, ladies shop and livery to learn more about early town life. Take a look at farm work through a variety of tools and equipment including a Rumley oil-pull tractor and Yellow Kid threshing machine. See how residents influenced the larger world at Sweadal, the first county courthouse and the Erickson workshop. View technology invented by the Ericksons that helped develop the telephone dial. If you have ancestors who lived in McPherson County, visit the research library.  Contact the museum in advance for an appointment to make sure there are staff members to assist you. While here, enjoy a picnic beside the Smoky Hill River or camp overnight. The scenic campground offers electricity and water. Check in at the Museum.
Location: 120 E Mill Street PO Box 94?Lindsborg, KS   67456 Phone: (785) 227-3595  Fax: (785) 227-2810
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Kansas Motorcycle Museum

Dedicated to the history and preservation of motorcycles and motorcycle memorabilia.
Motorcyles, memorabilia, trophies, pictures. 2,000 sq. ft. of motorcycle fancy in the main hall. See this extreme sport in its infancy beginning in 1914 with the National Motorcycle Race in Dodge-a 300 mile race. Memorabilia, magazines and other items through the 1990s. Home of the collection of 5-time National Sportsman Champion Stan "The Man" Engdahl. Engdahl's collection includes over 600 trophies won by him during his racing career, dozens of pictures showing motorcycling history and his famous Harley racer, Old number 46.
Location: 120 N Washington Marquette, KS   67464 Phone: (785) 546-2449  Fax: (785) 546-2205
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Marquette Historical Complex

Restored railroad depot, one-room country school and city museum with associated memorabilia.
Location: 206 N Washington?Marquette, KS   67464 Phone: (785) 546-2205  Fax: (785) 546-2205
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Canton Stars & Stripes Military Museum

All Veterans Military Museum
The Museum features a collection of military items from WWI to present day. Many wonderful items have been loaned or donated to the museum and together they make quite an impressive collection. The mission of the museum is to preserve the history of all military branches of service and to educate the present and future generations about the men and women who proudly serve, with honor and sacrifice to keep our country free. The museum is open on all patriotic and military holidays or by reservation. Admission is a free will donation. The museum is a project of the Friends of Canton (501-3C).
Location: 104 West Allen  Box 233 Canton, KS   67428 Phone: (620) 628-4484
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PAWNEE COUNTY

Central States Scout Museum

Unique Museum featuring extensive collection of Scouting memorabilia for all ages.
The museum has one of the most extensive exhibits and collections of both boy and girl scouting memorabila you will probably ever see. The museum is a must for everyone involved in scouting regardless of your age. Old scouting enthusiasts as well as young scouts will find a very interesting collection of uniform, badges, medals, and other collections dating from the 1920's to the present. Every aspect has been addressed to give you an enjoyable and educational view of scouting.
Location: 815 Broadway Larned, KS   67550 Phone: (620) 285-6427
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Fort Larned National Historic Site

One of the most complete and authentic frontier forts remaining from the Indian wars period.
Fort Larned is the most complete and best preserved military post of the Indian Wars era on the Santa Fe Trail. The Fort consists of 9 authentically restored and refurnished buildings including the barracks, commissary, officers quarters, blacksmith shop, quartermasters storehouse, and more. The Visitor Center offers a museum collection of artifacts and exhibits related to the Indian Wars and an audiovisual orientation program. Books and items related to the winning of the West are sold. FREE ADMISSION
Location: 1767 KS Hwy 156 Larned, KS   67550 Phone: (620) 285-6911  Fax: (620) 285-3571
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Santa Fe Trail Center

Museum certified as official interpretive stop on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
A large museum tells the history of the Plains Indians, Mexicans and Americans. Their stories are interwoven through exploration, trade, settlement and conflict. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the prehistoric artifacts, the Wichita Indian Grass Lodge and a full size mounted buffalo. An outdoor Museum with sod and dugout houses, a one-room schoolhouse, limestone cooling house, Santa Fe Railroad Depot and Escue Chapel are open to visitors. Living history programs are offered at some special events held at the museum. Tours available with advance reservations.
Location: 1349 K-156 Hwy Larned, KS   67550 Phone: (620) 285-2054  Fax: (620) 285-7491
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PRATT COUNTY

Pratt County Historical Society Museum

A visit to this rich collection of Pratt County history is like instant time travel to the 1880's.
With four galleries and "Old Time Main Street", this 24,000 sq. ft. museum features the history of Pratt County and takes visitors on instant time travel to the days when America began building an empire out of a vast prairie. Visitors see fossils, Native American artifacts, a covered wagon, quilts, fashions, baby clothes, toys and hand-forged tools. Nineteenth century period rooms showcase home life, one-room school, physician office and dental office of this era. Stroll past the print shop, undertaker, carpenter shop, village blacksmith, auto repair shop, the firehouse, Coterie library, the photographer office and railroad exhibit. View the military display and the WWII Pratt Army Air Field exhibit. Walk the boardwalk and enter many businesses on Main Street. Additional displays include the Miss Kansas exhibit, medical equipment of former Pratt County physicians, 4-H and Pratt County Fair display, Masonic Lodge and IOOF Lodge, a chapel and Pratt Regional Medical Center historical exhibit. The Library and Research area contains early Pratt County photographs, vital statistics, and marriage records, plus many maps, family histories and accounts of Pratt County towns and communities. The Pratt County Historical Society Museum is a "must" stop when you visit South Central Kansas. There is something of interest to everyone.

Hours: Monday-Friday 1-4pm. Saturday and Sunday 1-3pm. Closed: New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Admission is by donation.
Location: 208 S Ninnescah Pratt, KS   67124 Phone: (620) 672-7874
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RENO COUNTY

Kansas Underground Salt Museum

Only museum of its' kind in the Western Hemisphere! Located 650 feet underground!
Existing 65' underground, KUSM is the only attraction of its kind in the western hemisphere.  Named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. A project of the Reno County Historical Society, this museum features exhibits in an environment like no other--650 feet beneath the earth's surface in a salt bed formed 275 million years ago during the Permian Age. There, in a safe and naturally climate-controlled surrounding, the timeless story of salt is told from a global perspective. The museum offers extensive educational and entertaining exhibits and programs. There is even an events room that can be rented for private parties and meetings. With more than 67 miles of mined out caverns the Hutchinson salt mine produces more than 500,000 tons of salt each year. Reservations strongly recommended! New underground train opening in 2011!??Hours of Operation: Tues.-Sat. 9-6 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m. Closed on Mondays (hours vary by season)
Location: 3504 East Ave. G Hutchinson, KS   67501 Phone: (620) 662-1425  Toll Free: (866) 755-3450
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Reno County Museum

Features a lovely courtyard, five indoor galleries & outside exhibits.
Adjacent to beautiful George Pyle Park, the Reno County Museum showcases a lovely courtyard, exhibits, programs and special events that tell the story of Reno County history. Five indoor galleries depict the pioneer days to present day, including a permanent gallery that focuses on transportation. The transportation gallery sports a 1903 Model A Tonneau. Younger visitors have a fun time bringing the past to life at the "Ooodleplex", there they play storekeeper at an old-time general store, explore an Indian tepee and homestead in a recreated cabin from the early days of pioneers on the prairie. Outside on the museum's grounds, a claim house, outhouse, windmill, 1902 switch engine and 1954 caboose offer a further glimpse into the past.

Hours of Operation: Tues.-Sat. 9-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays
Location: 100 S Walnut?Hutchinson, KS   67501 Phone: (620) 662-1184  Fax: (620) 662-0236
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Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center

World-renowned, Smithsonian-affiliated space museum, with IMAX theatre and planetarium.
This world renowned space museum features the largest collection of US space artifacts outside of the National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts in the Western world and has an IMAX Dome Theater and Planetarium. The Cosmosphere is home to the actual Apollo 13 command module Odyssey, and SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. The Cosmosphere offers innovative astronaut training camps for the young and the young-at-heart. The Elderhostel Astronaut Training Program is for people 55 and over. The Cosmosphere consists of 105,000 square feet dedicated to space science exhibits and educational programs, including a planetarium, an IMAX® Dome Theater and the internationally recognized Hall of Space Museum.
Location: 1100 N Plum St Hutchinson, KS   67501 Phone: (620) 662-2305  Fax: (620) 662-3693 Toll Free: (800) 397-0330
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RICE COUNTY


Coronado Quivira Museum

Come to where you can experience the land of Quivira, Coronado and Trailblazers.
The Coronado Quivira Museum focuses on the history of Rice County and Central Kansas. Exhibits feature the Quivira Indians, Coronado's 1541 journey north, Santa Fe Trail, and rural America 1902. ??The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm. The admission fee is: 6 to 12 years old, $1, 13 on up, $2. Groups are welcome. Call ahead if you would like a guided tour. County wide tours are also available to prehistoric and historic sites including the Santa Fe Trail and important Quiviran Indian sites.
Location: 105 W Lyon St Lyons, KS   67554 Phone: (620) 257-3941
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Crebbs Museum

Small museum housed in Sterling College Library.
Mabee Library is the newest building on the Sterling College campus, opening in April 1996. The Crebbs Museum, located in the Library, was a 1964 gift of Chester M. Crebbs (class of 1917) and his wife in memory of his parents. It houses Indian artifacts and items of local history.
Location: 125 W Cooper, Mabee Library Sterling College Sterling, KS   67579 Phone: (620) 278-4234
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SEDGWICK

 

Great Plains Transportation Museum

Discover a display of railroad transportation equipment and trackage.
Located in the upper level north of historic Union Station. Explore locomotives, rolling stock, and more. The two largest displays are Santa Fe steam locomotive #3768 and Santa Fe FP45 diesel #93.Weekends or by appointment.
Location: 700 E Douglas?Wichita, KS   67202 Phone: (316) 263-0944
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Kansas African American Museum

A regional cultural arts museum reflective of the African American history and culture.
Experience the diverse contributions and history of people of the African Diaspora. View artifacts that reflect the heritage of a great people including traditional African art and contemporary African American art. Bridge the gap of understanding about African Americans in Wichita and Kansas. The museum promotes diversity and understanding of the African American experience with emphasis on African Americans in Wichita and Kansas. The Museum's mission is the identification, acquisition, research, collection, presentation and preservation of historic documents, programs and visual art forms that are reflective of the African American life and culture. Guided tours are $2/person.
Location: 601 N Water?Wichita, KS   67203 Phone: (316) 262-7651  Fax: (316) 265-6953
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Kansas Aviation Museum

Discover the aviation heritage of Kansas in memorabilia, displays and vintage aircraft.
Housed in the original Wichita Municipal Airport Terminal building built in 1935, this museum chronicles the growth and development of general aviation in Kansas and displays a growing collection of aircraft and aviation related artifacts.
Location: 3350 S George Washington Blvd Wichita, KS   67210 Phone: (316) 683-9242  Fax: (316) 683-0573 Toll Free: (877) 683-9242
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Kansas Firefighters Museum & Memorial

Learn about fire fighting from the early days to more current equipment.
Wichita's last horse-drawn fire station, built in 1909 and staffed until 1953, currently houses a 1901 horse drawn coal fired steamer, a 1909 hose wagon, 1923 Model-T Ford fire engine, and many fire-related artifacts. Gift shop offering fire fighting related memorabilia. Kansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial, with the Memorial Wall, Final Call statue and personalized memorial brick patio is just south of the Museum. Open Saturdays or by appointment.
Location: 1300 S Broadway Wichita, KS   67211 Phone: (316) 264-5990
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Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

Showcase of Kansas' greatest athletes and coaches enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Located in the historic, newly renovated Wichita Boathouse on the Arkansas River. View artifacts and portraits, video and biographies of all of the Hall of Fame inductees. The Wichita Boathouse is also a popular rental venue for private parties, weddings, meetings and receptions.
Location: 515 S. Wichita?Wichita, KS   67202 Phone: (316) 262-2038  Fax: (316) 263-2539
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Museum of World Treasures

Journey through time at one of the most exciting museums in America.
Be amazed by thousands of artifacts that include IVAN the T-rex, one of the most complete dinosaurs in the world! Your journey will take you from the Mesozoic to the Paleozoic era where marine life began to the extinction of the dinosaurs while viewing actual fossils from those primitive periods! Enjoy a scavenger hunt through Ancient civilizations while Egyptian mummies look on may just be what you’re looking for – Simply Amazing! Frequent rotating exhibits build excitement for return visitors while first-timers gain knowledge from an extensive collection of military history from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam Era and one of the finest Civil War collections outside of Gettysburg. Other must-see exhibits include the Berlin Wall, Hall of American Presidents, American Culture, and an educational hands-on children’s activity center. Rent the banquet hall for a unique setting to hold a social event, reception, or special occasion. Open daily except Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. Senior discounts and group tours available.
Location: 835 E 1st St?Old Town Wichita, KS   67202 Phone: (316) 263-1311  Fax: (316) 263-1495  Toll Free: (888) 700-1311
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Old Cowtown Museum

Old Cowtown is a nationally recognized and accredited living-history museum.
Visitors can experience what life was like in an evolving cattle town of the 1870s. Take a wagon ride, stop by the Saloon and drink a sarsaparilla, watch a gunfight in the street, hear the ring of the blacksmith anvil, dress up and take old-time photos and visit the humble home of the Wichita’s founder, Darius Munger. Be sure to stop at the home of Marshall Murdock, who single-handedly promoted the town through his newspaper. The 23-acre site, which is just west of modern-day downtown, is home to 70 historic and recreated buildings, including a marshal's office, Wichita's first jail, a saloon, general store, one-room schoolhouse, church, livery stable, train depot and more. Restored original homes represent both the emerging upper-class as well as more rustic lodgings. The five-acre 1880 DeVore Farm demonstrates 19th century agricultural methods and features livestock, crops and equipment. Before you leave, be sure to visit the Gift Shop that offers unique Kansas-made items and Old West souvenirs. Group rates and tours available.
Location: 1865 West Museum Blvd Wichita, KS   67203 Phone: (316) 219-1871  Fax: (316) 858-6469
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Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

See early day furnishings and other items grouped in authentic settings.
A distinctive local landmark, Wichita's 1892 City Hall building, is home to the Museum and it's beautifully appointed interior, featuring fine woodwork, decorative painting, and leaded glass provides the perfect setting for your visit back in time. Discover pictorial displays of the famous Chisholm Trail and Frontier memorabilla.
Location: 204 S Main St Wichita, KS   67202 Phone: (316) 265-9314  Fax: (316) 265-9319
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Frank Lloyd Wright Allen-Lambe House Museum

Tour this beautiful prairie home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, architect. Appointments only.
Encounter a museum showcasing an important prairie house designed in 1915, that Frank Lloyd Wright considered "among my best." The features of the home establishes a strong indoor/outdoor design relationship. Guided tours by appointment only.
Location: 255 N Roosevelt Wichita, KS   67208 Phone: (316) 687-1027  Fax: (316) 687-2991
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Clearwater Historical Museum

History of the Chisholm Trail, and the town of Clearwater.
The Clearwater Historical Society was started in 1979. It took ten years of fundraising to complete the museum in November 1990. In 1993 a 7-room house was constructed in the front half along with small dispay rooms containing memorabilia from early Clearwater. In 2004 a mural depicting the Chisholm Trail and the beginning of Clearwater was completed on the front of the museum building.
Location: 149 N 4th Clearwater, KS   67026 Phone: (620) 584-2444
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Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology

Exhibits of cultures from around the world, midwest archaeology, and physical anthropology.
This unique museum is located on the campus of Wichita State University. Group tours welcome with advanced notice.
Location: 1845 N Fairmount Wichita State University, Neff Hall Wichita, KS   67260 Phone: (316) 978-3195  Fax: (316) 978-3351
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Coleman Factory Outlet Store & Museum

A one-of-a-kind shopping experience for all of your outdoor recreation needs.
While showcasing our vast line of Coleman products, our stores also offer discontinued, factory excess and reconditioned product at drastically reduced prices. Visit the museum area featuring antique Coleman product. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6 pm, Sat 9am-1 pm, closed Sun.
Location: 235 N St Francis Wichita, KS   67202 Phone: (316) 264-0836  Fax: (316) 219-5287
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Mid-America All-Indian Center & Museum

Dedicated to preserving the rich cultural history and heritage of American Indians in North America.
The only facility of its kind in Kansas that is solely dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich cultural history and heritage of American Indians in North America. Indoor and outdoor exhibits of traditional artifacts, full-size tipis and grass houses and contemporary art depict American Indian culture of the past and present. Permanent exhibits include the Gallery of Nations, a collection of flags created to help visitors understand the strength, traditions, pride and sovereignty of the native people of North America. On the path to visit the 44-foot tall “Keeper of the Plains” sculpture are two memorial gardens dedicated to renowned American Indian artists Woody Crumbo and Blackbear Bosin. The gift shop offers handcrafted jewelry, beadwork, books, baskets, pottery, books, music and botanicals. Special events include Community Nights on Wednesdays, Share our Culture lecture series and intertribal powwows that feature dancing, artisans and traditional foods. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Location: 650 N Seneca?Wichita, KS   67203 Phone: (316) 350-3340  Fax: (316) 858-7959
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SUMNER COUNTY

Chisholm Trail Museum

Museum of domestic life in Sumner County. 40 rooms filled with 200,000+ cattle trail artifacts.
Museum contains 40+ rooms, 200,000+ artifacts. The Chisholm Trail Museum is a complete three-story building full of educational information and artifacts about the cattle trail that passed approximately 7 miles west of Wellington. Local citizens have contributed numerous assorted items to the collection of artifacts in the two military rooms. Literally dozens of enlarged prints of original old photos taken in the Wellington area can be viewed in the museum Library. Viewing items in the Kitchen and Laundry Room - depicting an era before electricity was available - should make every woman very happy that she does not have to work that hard today. This wonderful museum was originally the two-story Hatcher Hospital, built in 1916. In 1920 a third story and elevator were added so all operating could be done on the third floor. The 1920 elevator travels from the basement to the third floor and is one of the oldest functioning elevators in Kansas.
Location: 502 N Washington Wellington, KS   67152 Phone: (620) 326-3820
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Panhandle Railroad Museum

A private collection of railroad memorabilia dating from the 1900s.
All Aboard! The Panhandle Railroad Museum is the private collection of PH Wiley's railroad memorabilia dating from the 1900s. Engineer Wiley began his hobby during his 27-year career with the Santa Fe railroad. Wanting to share his extensive collection with others, he renovated a historic stone building built in 1886. Exhibits also include various furniture pieces used throughout the Santa Fe system, uniforms worn by the trainmen and safety items used by all employees. Also featured are clocks and watches, which were vital to the safe movement of trains before the signal system was put into use. Come join Engineer Wiley on a tour. Group tours are available by appointment.
Location: 425 E Harvey Wellington, KS   67152 Phone: (620) 399-8611
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Border Queen Museum

Museum with artifacts dating from the late 1800's.
This local museum contains artifacts and memorabilia from Caldwell's early cattletown days as well as items from early day businesses and Czech heritage. Open by appointment only.
Location: 5 S Main St?Caldwell, KS   67022 Phone: (620) 845-6958
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N.D.G.A National Glass Museum

The N.D.G.A. National Glass Museum opened to the public on May 1, 2012. The glass you will find in this museum is all American made and ranges in age from the 1800's up through Mid-Century Modern with emphasis on the Depression Era (1930's-1940's).

Location: 117 S. Washington Wellington KS 67152  Phone: (620) 326-6400