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California National Historic Trail
More than 250,000 gold-seekers & farmers crossed into to the gold fields & rich farmlands of California during the 1840's and 1850's. 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen to remind us of early American travelers and settlers.
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
Lewis & Clark, in their quest for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, opened a window onto the west for the young United States.
Oregon National Historic Trail
The Oregon Trail was for fur traders, gold seekers, missionaries and others, the pathway to the Pacific. Wagon rutsw and landscape scars can still be seen from that time.
Greyhound Hall of Fame - Abeline
You will be greeted by our resident greyhounds, both retired racers. These greyhounds only chase after your heart and affection. Meeting a greyhound close up and personal will prepare you for an experience like no other. Walk through a story book of history and heroes. We are open 7 days a week, 9 to 5 daily.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum - Abilene
The Eisenhower Library is a national repository for the preservation of historical papers, audiovisual materials and the artifacts relating to Dwight D. Eisenhower and his times. The Eisenhower Presidential Center in Abilene, Kansas commemorates the spirit of the Allied Expeditionary Forces of World War II, as well as the administration of the 34th President of the United States. The Eisenhower family home is at the center of the complex. This simple frame structure is typical of the late 19th century Kansas family dwellings.
Museum of Independent Telephony - Abilene
The original patents granted to Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 included exclusive rights to make and distribute telephone instruments and components for a period of 17 years. It was barely enough time to establish a foothold in major U.S. cities. By the time the patents had expired, people in small cities, towns and rural areas were clamoring for telephone service, too. As a result, nearly 6,000 non-Bell telephone companies, known as "Independents," came into being. Usually undermanned and almost always underfinanced, the Independent telephone companies survived the competitive wars largely through the loyalty, determination and inventiveness of their employees. While the number of Independent companies decreased as a result of many consolidations and mergers, several major national telecommunications companies have come from the ranks of the Independents. The January 1984 divestiture of American Telephone and Telegraph ended the distinction between Bell and Independent telephone companies. The telephone companies formerly known as Independents continue to serve half of the geographical area of the United States and about one out of five of the nation's telephones. The Museum of Independent Telephony was established in 1973 in honor of those men and women whose early efforts on behalf of Independent telephony continue to contribute to the social, political and economic health of today's suburban America.
Seelye Mansion - Abilene
The Seelye Mansion is one of the finest homes in Kansas. A New York architect designed the new home in Georgian style for Dr. and Mrs. A.B. Seelye in 1904. It was built in 1905 at a cost of $55,000. The mansion contains the original furniture and Edison light fixtures. You will tour 25 rooms, including eleven bedrooms, ballroom, bowling alley, and kitchen areas. Special items of interest are the beautiful dining room, music room with gold French furniture and Steinway Grand piano, library, and the Tiffany-designed fireplace in the grand hall.
Historical Museum of Anthony - Anthony
The eight rooms depict life in Anthony and the surrounding area in the late 1800's and early 1900's permanent and rotating displays. Our permanent displays include a bedroom and other memorabilia of four generations of the Small family, a parlor, a music room, clothing room, kitchen & laundry room, hospital room, nursery, and a large assortment of farm implements, and machinery. Exhibits that rotate are collections of all types, civic and service organizations histories, transportation & communication, and school displays. There's also an ever-expanding collection of railroad memorabilia.
Cherokee Strip Land Rush - Arkansas City
The museum contains artifacts and photographs relating to the Cherokee Strip Land Rush of September 16, 1893, early Arkansas City, Native American Artifacts and Pioneer Artifacts.
Pioneer-Krier Museum - Ashland
The Museum concentrates on telling the history of the local area. It presents samples of those things used by pioneer families in daily living in this cattle grazing country. Furnishings range from a country store with its cracker barrel and array of merchandise, to collections of fossils, stones, and barb wire. A rare display of pre-historic animal bones excavated near Ashland is said to compare favorably to ones found in the Smithsonian Institution. Furnishings used in schools, banks, churches, hospitals, funeral parlors, real estate shops, harness shops, barber shops, and different rooms of homes are displayed.
Evah C. Cray Historical Home Museum - Atchiso
Recently renovated and updated, this 25-room mansion is a glorious example of the opulence of the Victorian era. Built in 1882, it is distinguished by a three-story castle-like tower. Ornate fireplaces, carved woodwork and original chandeliers mix with Victorian furnishings. The carriage house features a gift store and a small theatre in which a film on the architecture of Atchison can be viewed.
Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum - Atchison
Annually, thousands of visitors tour the National Historic Site to learn about the life of one of the world's most influential female aviators.
The Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum - Baxter Springs
A one-of-a-kind museum, located in Baxter Springs, our 20,000 square foot facility allows us to interpret regional history from all time periods, including American Indian, African American, military and war, domestic life, mining, Route 66, as well as multiple others. Come by and discover for yourself the amazingly rich, layered history of this region
Highbanks Hall of Fame National Midget Auto Racing Museum - Belleville
The "Belleville High Banks" has brought exciting races to the "Crossroads of America" for nearly a century. This track, famed as the "fastest 1/2 mile dirt track in the world," has brought the top drivers from all around the world to compete. To recognize the long lasting tradition and prestige of various racing events held at the track, the "High Banks Hall of Fame and National Midget Auto Racing Museum" is being built to capture and remember racing personalities, memorabilia, and display race cars that influenced the historic racing community.
Republic County Historical Society Museum - Belleville
The Historical Society was established to preserve the history of Republic County.
Coffey County Historical Society & Museum - Burlington
The Museum's display space of over 14,000 sq. feet, features one of the largest antique doll collections in the state of Kansas. Other features include a restored 1896 One Room Country Schoolhouse, a restored 1895 Country Church which is available for weddings and other community events, and a restored Conestoga Wagon.
Bushton Museum - Bushton
The Bushton Museum recreates small town America in years gone by with exhibits that change yearly. The museum is located in two connecting buildings. One, the old Drug Store with a working soda fountain, the other, the old Bank with the vault still visible today.
Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum - Chanute
Garnering state and national awards, the Safari Museum®, has been named the No. 1 Museum in Kansas. The museum started with a core collection of the Johnsons' films, photographs, manuscripts, articles, books, and personal belongings donated by Osa's mother. The museum is the main center for the collection and distribution of information concerning the lives and accomplishments of Martin and Osa Johnson. There are two main galleries, one presenting the Johnsons' story and another of African ethnographic exhibits. The 30 seat Snark Theater, shows visitors a wide selection of the Johnsons' documentary films and programs about Martin and Osa produced all over the world.
Cheney State Park - Cheney
The park features a park office, marina's, electrical hookup sites with water, camp sites, dump stations, boat ramps with launching lanes, courtesy docks, fish cleaning stations, modern pit toilets, shower houses, shelter with restrooms, large group shelters, medium group shelters, small picnic shelters, a group camping area with 20 utility sites, a large shelter and a restroom; 2 nature trails; and 7 modern cabins.
Souder Historical Museum - Cheney
The Souders Historical Museum depicts what life was like in Cheney and rural Kansas in the late 1880s and early 1900s. There are a number of buildings on the Farm, including a Main Street, several businesses, a school, a church, a homesteaders cabin, and train depots from both Cheney and neighboring Garden Plain. The buildings contain a variety of artificacts, historical photos and educational materials.
Clay County Historical Museum - Clay Center
The Clay County Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving the early history of Clay County. Art, antiques, collector's items are displayed in the following rooms: The Country School, Old Fashioned Parlor, Kitchen, Minerals, Gems, Library, Chapel, Musical Instruments, Military, Primitive, Bedroom, Clothing and Children's Toy Room.
Dalton Defenders Museum - Coffeyville
In 1892, five members of the infamous Dalton Gang-Grat, Bob, and Emmett Dalton, Bill Power, and Dick Broadwell .. attempted to rob a bank. - In 1954 a museum was dedicated to the citizens who defended the town from the Dalton Gang.
Prairie Museum of Art and History - Colby
The Prairie Museum of Art and History serves as a cultural center on the High Plains of Kansas, providing the opportunity for the public to learn about art and history through its collections, in order to make a difference in their lives.
Columbus Museum, Inc. - Columbus
A colorful look at the history of Columbus. Exhibits of vintage clothing, farm equipment, history from Merle Evans (band leader of Ringling Brothers Circus for over 50 years) and more.
Cloud County Historical Society Museum - Concordia
The Museum preserves and exhibits objects and documents of historical items representing early-day Kansas. It is housed in the former 1908 Carnegie Library building and a large new annex. The treasures of Cloud County are exhibited for your viewing - nature, radio, railroads, quilts, photography, toys, vintage clothing and furniture, musical instruments, fossils, tools, and stained glass. Records are on display of the military Prisoner of War Camp, churches, organizations, schools, and businesses. Displays of glass cutting, rare coins and books, rock and gem shop, micro-film of county newspapers and many others too numerous to list. Large displays in the annex include the "must see" 1908 Lincoln-Page Airplane, a 1898 Holsman belt driven horseless carriage, and a 1915 Model T Ford.
Kaw Mission - Council Grove
The Kaw Mission is more than just a museum that tells the story of the building that was home and school to thirty Kaw boys from 1851–1854 – it is a tribute to the Kaw (or Kansa) Indians, who gave our state its name. The Kaw lived in the Neosho Valley for less than thirty years when, despite an impassioned plea by Chief Allegawaho, the U.S. government removed the Kaw to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Learn more about Chief Allegawaho, the Kaw Indians, others who lived in the area, and their stories when you visit the Kaw Mission.
Boot Hill Museum - Dodge City
Boot Hill Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Dodge City and the Old West. Dodge City was founded in 1872 and quickly became the world's largest shipping point for Longhorn cattle. Dodge was the wildest of the early frontier towns, but law and order was soon established with the help of men such as Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, and Bill Tilghman. Boot Hill Museum is an educational, historical institution with just enough fun added for the whole family to enjoy.
Boot Hill Museum - Dodge City
Live the Legend of the West at Boot Hill Museum Boot Hill Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Dodge City and the Old West. Dodge City was founded in 1872 and quickly became the world’s largest shipping point for Longhorn cattle. Dodge was the wildest of the early frontier towns, but law and order was soon established with the help of men such as Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp,and Bill Tilghman. Dodge City was a town that persisted and grew, and still honors its western heritage.
Kansas Teacher’s Hall of Fame - Dodge City
The Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame is the first one of its kind in the United States. It is dedicated to the early and present day teachers who have devoted their lives to this fine profession.
The Mueller-Schmidt House Museum - Dodge City
In an 1882 bird's-eye view of Dodge City, the Mueller-Schmidt House is proudly perched atop a hill northeast of town, alone in its new splendor and surrounded by a yard planted with trees. Built to be one of the most splendid homes in Dodge City, Ford County's "Home of Stone" lives up to this, even today. It remains the lone stone house in Dodge City, elegant in its simplicity of line. It can also claim the distinction of being the oldest building in Dodge City that is still on its original site.
Douglass Historical Museum - Douglass
Historic pioneer artifacts in period rooms.
Lanesfield School Historic Site - Edgerton
The Lanesfield School Historic Site continues the tradition of one-room schools in Kansas. A costumed schoolteacher leads site tours and conducts 1904 lessons in the schoolhouse. The Lanesfield School Historic Site serves area school groups with a variety of programs, including an award-winning living history program that transports students back to a school day in 1904.
El Dorado State Park - El Dorado
The park consists of four primary campgrounds which include the following amenities: a full service marina; a sailing club; approximately 1000 campsites, some with utilities some without; picnic shelters; rental cabins; trails for horses, hiking and bicycles; swim beaches; shower houses and restrooms; ADA playgrounds; boat ramps and a laundry facility.
Coutts Memorial Museum of Art - El Dorado
The Coutts Memorial Museum of Art houses over one thousand objects of art, including original paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. Art works for the museum were purchased mainly by Warren Hall Coutts, Jr. who traveled extensively and purchased works from art auctions all over the world. The collection includes works from Russia, China, France, Holland, England and South America. One delightful aspect of the museum is the atmosphere. Visitors have the feeling of being in a private collector's home, instead of a museum. Tasteful antique furnishings, some of which belonged to the Coutts family, antique Persian rugs and artful arrangements set the mood for leisurely, relaxed browsing.
Butler County History Center & Kansas Oil Museum - El Dorado
The Kansas Oil Museum is the leading museum dedicated to the discovery and development of the oil industry in Kansas. Enjoy indoor exhibits on farming, ranching and oil; a hand-on children's area, Texaco Theater and Kansas Oil and Gas Legacy Gallery
Morton County Historical Society Museum - Elkhart
the MCHS Museum was designated as an Official Interpretive Facility for the Santa Fe Historical Trail by the National Parks Service. A visit to the Morton County Historical Society Museum is an exploration in history. As you enter the museum, you will note the beautiful paintings around the room, depicting the history of Morton County. All are painted by local artists, reflecting pride in sturdy pioneer ancestors.
Cedar Bluff State Park - Ellis
Construction of Cedar Bluff Reservoir began in April of 1949 with the intention of providing flood control, irrigation and recreation. Cedar Bluff State Park is divided into two, unique areas along the shorelines of Cedar Bluff Reservoir. The Bluffton Area, on the north shore, provides nearly 350 acres for visitors.
Ellsworth County Museums - Ellsworth
Established in 1867, Ellsworth became a thriving cowtown in the early 1870's, eclipsing Abilene as the leading cattle shipping point in Kansas. Today the "plaza," the two-block site of Ellsworth's original commercial district, still remains relatively uncluttered by modern intrusions. Located on the plaza is an 1878 Victorian home, the Hodgden House, the center for the Museum Complex. Also located on the complex are: 1880's Livery Stable, 1912 One Room School, 1880's Church, Small Log Cabin, General Store, Antique Farm Equipment, 1911 Caboose, Train Depot, and a turn of the Century Wooden Windmill.
David Traylor Zoo - Emporia
The David Traylor Zoo provides visitors with opportunities of cultural enrichment through conservation, education and recreation.
Lyon County Historical Society - Emporia
The mission of the Lyon County Museum and Historical Society is to provide education and research, and to promote the appreciation of our unique heritage through the preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of artifacts and archival material representing the history of Lyon County, Kansas. Our current Museum holdings include over 150,000 items of Lyon County history spanning from 1865 to the present.
Shawnee Indian Mission - Fairway
In the 19th century Americans wanted more land, and settlement moved west. As white settlers satisfied a thirst for land, countless American Indians faced the end of a traditional way of life. Shawnee Mission was one of many established as a manual training school attended by boys and girls from Shawnee, Delaware, and other Indian nations from 1839 to 1862. Visit this 12-acre National Historic Landmark and learn the stories of those who lived there.
Crawford State Park - Farlington
There are two recorded archaeological sites within the park's boundaries, including remnants of a 19th-century U. S. military outpost. An interpretive trail connects the park with the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks' Farlington Fish Hatchery, which was built shortly after the CCC completed construction of the lake.
Fort Leavenworth Frontier Army Museum - Fort Leavenworth
Fort Leavenworth, the oldest active Army post west of the Mississippi River, has served the needs of our nation since 1827. Fort Leavenworth played a key roll in the country's westward expansion and served as a forward destination for tens of thousands of Soldiers, surveyors, emigrants, Native Americans, preachers and settlers who passed through.
Fort Scott National Historic Site - Fort Scott
Fort Scott is a restored 1840s military fort that tells the story of the site's role in Westward Expansion, Bleeding Kansas, and the Civil War. Fort Scott served as a major supply depot for Union armies in the West, a general hospital for soldiers in the region and a haven for people fleeing the war-displaced Indians, escaped slaves, and white farmers. The website offers a movie link.
Fort Scott National Historic Site - Fort Scott
Promises made and broken! A town attacked at dawn! Thousands made homeless by war! Soldiers fighting settlers! Each of these stories is a link in the chain of events that encircled Fort Scott from 1842-73. All of the site's structures, its parade ground, and its tallgrass prairie bear witness to this era when the country was forged from a young republic into a united transcontinental nation.
Galena Mining & Historical Museum - Galena
Features unique to the Galena Museum are a large display of mineral specimens, mining equipment and a model of the Grand Central Mine which was located just east of Galena in Central City, Missouri. Also featured is a collection of oil paintings titled "Abandoned Mine Scenes" by local artist Carol Bliss-Riley. Originally displayed in the Smithsonian Institution from 1969 and 1974 the painting depict old mine scenes from the Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma area. Her husband, DeVaughn, made most of the frames from wood from the buildings being depicted in each picture.
Lee Richardson Zoo - Garden City
The Lee Richardson Zoo is often referred to as an oasis on the plains. Over 300 animals representing 110 species are displayed at the zoo, ranging from the elusive snow leopard to the flashy and fancy flamingo.
Gardner Historical Museum - Gardner
With its own settlement roots dating back to 1857, Gardner, Kansas holds a unique distinction among American cities. Setting at the major intersection of the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, Gardner's rich heritage has allowed us to create the first national museum dedicated to reverse mortgages. For those of you that ever make it on this way back trail, step in and visit our museum of Reverse Mortgages.
Prairie Spirit Trail State Park - Garnett
The trail is a hard packed limestone screening surface in rural areas. Portions of the trail are asphalted through Garnett and Ottawa. The trail averages a minimum of 8 feet wide. The grades are moderate and follow original railroad grades.
Museum of Crawford County - Girard
Housed in the former St. John's Episcopal Church, the museum was established in 1975 and listed on the National Historic Register. The beautiful stained glass windows enclose vintage clothing, artifacts, and local photographs. As the museum has grown, new buildings have been added to house larger exhibits and furniture displays and to house displays of agricultural equipment.
Glen Elder State Park - Glen Elder
Glen Elder State Park offers nearly unlimited recreational opportunities. Take your pick-swimming, boating, hiking, volleyball, softball and bike riding.
Mennonite Heritage Museum - Goessel
Welcome to the Mennonite Heritage Museum. Dedicated in 1974, the museum complex was established to preserve the artifacts from early households, farms, schools, churches and the hospital in our Mennonite community. The museum was erected as a living tribute to the forefathers of the Goessel community who settled this area. It tells the story of the Mennonite families who left Russia for religious freedom in 1874 and chose the Kansas plains for their new home. The museum complex consists of eight buildings, including the Immigrant House and the Turkey Red Wheat Palace. Six historic buildings from the community have been moved to the museum for preservation and restoration. The Museum Store in the Immigrant House features a variety of ethnic cookbooks, local history books, wheat weaving and other handmade craft gift items.
High Plains Museum - Goodland
Established in 1959, the High Plains Museum is owned and operated by the City of Goodland. In 1979 an addition was added to the building in order to house a full-sized, automated replica of America's First Patented Helicopter. The High Plains Museum's collection of over 8,000 objects lets adventurers of all ages discover the past for themselves. Six HO scale dioramas tell the stories of the Kidder Massacre in 1867 and of the early pioneer's struggle to survive in an often harsh environment. Perrmanent exhibits tell the story of the individuals and groups who have lived here -- from the pioneer family in their soddie to the businessman in town. Events like the depression, the dustbowl, rainmakers, and the story of the early years of transportation are chronicled as well.
Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village - Great Bend
Visit the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village for a fascinating glimpse into the past. Located on five acres, just south of Great Bend on US Highway 281, across the Arkansas River Bridge, the Village boasts several authentically furnished period buildings and collections which tell the story of this area from the Paleo Period through the Indian Wars to World War II and beyond.
Kansas Learning Center for Health - Halstead
Since 1965, the Kansas Learning Center for Health has partnered with schools in Kansas. By adhering to the Kansas State Science & Health Standards and emphasizing tobacco and drug free living, the Learning Center has developed classes that actively engage students in learning. Multimedia exhibits and engaging activities enable everyone to explore the wonders of the human body. Our format also allows teachers to pick the option best suited to their lesson objectives. The Learning Center is home to Valeda, too. Valeda, the transparent talking woman, has been sharing her story with thousands of students since 1965. Visit the Center to see Valeda, one of the few life-size, transparent, anatomical mannequins in the United States.
Ellis County Historical Society Museum - Hays
View our history in the Main Gallery, from Wild West through World War II. Visit our Saloon and learn to play Faro, a popular card game in the old west. As always our Learning Center for children of all ages is open for learning fun with try-on clothes, old-time toys, farm animals, diorama, and much more. The Stone Chapel, built in 1879, is one of the oldest church buildings in the area and the site of our annual temporary exhibits. The Harness Shop, an original store from the early 1900s located on the museum grounds, displays saddles and other related items, telling the story of Ellis County ranchers. Our replica Volga German Haus, also located on the museum grounds, tells the story of Ellis County's largest immigrant group, the Volga Germans, who settled in Ellis County after living in Russia for 100 years.
Sternberg Museum - Hays
The Sternberg Museum of Natural History ranks among the best natural history museums. The museum’s collections include one of the finest scientific collections of Pternadon material, the largest collection of fossil seeds, and a truly outstanding collection of Cretaceous fossils. These are complemented by excellent collections of modern biological material, most notably mammals and plants. The museum also features a realistic Cretaceous diorama, along with many exhibits. Among these fascinating exhibits is the museum's most noted specimens of an extremely well preserved Gillicus with a Xyphactinus collected by George F. Sternberg in 1952, known world wide as the fish-with-in-a-fish.
Brown County Agriculture Museum - Hiawatha
The Brown County Agriculture Museum is home to many different features of life on the farm. Some of the exhibits include a miniature farm, a train caboose, a collection of antique tractors, antique gas powered engines, and the famous "Windmill Lane." Call (785) 742-3702 for more information.
Mennonite Settlement Museum - Hillsboro
The Mennonite Settlement Museum celebrates that facet of the American mosaic represented by the Russian and Polish refugee Mennonites from eastern Europe who settled here in the early 1870s. Two of these villages, Hoffnungsthal and Gnadenau, are represented at the Mennonite Settlement Museum by the Peter Paul Loewen House and the Jacob Friesen Mill, respectively.
William F. Schaeffler House Museum - Hillsboro
An elegant 1909 Edwardian Queen Anne style House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum includes a Carriage House, and spacious park like grounds. Among other aspects, the historic Schaeffler house features double parlors, a wonderful formal dining room, and a turn of the century kitchen, all remaining as the original occupants of the house left them.
Hollenberg Pony Express Station - Hollenberg
Beginning in 1860 the Pony Express operated like a giant relay race between the Missouri river and the Pacific coast. Along the Oregon trail, through Forts Laramie and Bridger, around the Great Salt Lake, riders carried the mail through a wilderness infested with hostile tribes. Their mounts were Indian ponies, nearly 500 altogether, kept in relay stations 15 miles apart. At each station two minutes was allowed for transferring saddlebags to a fresh pony. Every few stations a new rider took over. Day and night, summer and winter, over sun-baked plains and icy mountain trails, the schedule was maintained. When the trans- continental telegraph line replaced the express, ponies and riders had made the remarkable record of 18 months with only one mail lost. The Hollenberg or Cottonwood Ranch House four miles north, built in 1857, is said to be the only original and unaltered Pony Express station. It is now owned by the state.
Stevens County Gas & Historical Museum - Hugoton
The Stevens County Gas & Historical Museum was dedicated on May 16, 1961. It was established as a memento of the Hugoton Gas Field and the progressive development of Stevens County. Currently, the gas well, drilled in 1945, is still producing. The 1945 well equipment is on display at the site of the well. The main museum building houses displays of early 1900 furnishings including a chapel, dining room, parlor, kitchen, and a sewing room. Also, in the main buildings displays of Indian artifacts, farming tools, a printing and western shop, and art room bring back life in the days of long ago.
Sand Hills State Park - Hutchinson
Sand Hills State Park, a 1,123 acre natural area, has been preserved fro its sand dunes, grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. Popular activites at the park are hiking and horseback riding. Other activities include hunting, bird watching, wildflower walks, jogging and just simple relaxation in the country.
Hutchinson Zoo - Hutchinson
The Hutchinson Zoo has an animal collection of over 160 animals mostly native to Kansas. The zoo also runs an animal rehab program treating over 500 animals each year.
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center - Hutchinson
At the Cosmosphere, visitors hear the non-biased, definitive story of the Space Race. With a U.S. space artifact collection second only to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow, the Hall of Space Museum is known by space enthusiasts worldwide.
Reno County Museum - Hutchinson
The Museum offers a wide variety of interesting educational opportunities for all ages. Special programs and tours for schools, clubs, and organizations are available.
Elk City State Park - Independence
Elk City State Park is a public park designed for recreational purposes.
Independence Historical Museum - Independence
The Mission of The Independence Historical Museum is to preserve the history and enrich culture of the community, to promote the arts, develop activities that will enhance education and provide enjoyment to the community and its visitors.
Major General Frederick Funston Home - Iola
Boyhood home and Museum.
Virtual field trip online
Stanton County Museum - Johnson
Stanton County Museum plays a vital role in the community by collecting, preserving, sharing, and interpreting the county's history and heritage through exhibits, programs, and research files in a manner that is open and accessible to county residents and visitors.
Geary County, Kansas Historical Society & Museum - Junction City
A Victorian-era parlor and a Kansas farm kitchen of the 1920's house a variety of related displays. Artistic and accurate clothing exhibits, a display of quality Plains Indian artifacts and pioneer farm implements with educational, "hands-on" segments are also very popular with visitors.
Grinter Place - Kansas City
A trip to Grinter Place isn't just a look inside the oldest home in Wyandotte County, it's a step back to the days of frontier life along the Kansas and Missouri border. Overlooking the historic Delaware Crossing on the Kansas River, Grinter Place was the home to Annie and Moses Grinter. Annie, A Lenape Indian, helped to farm, raise poultry and livestock, and planted an apple orchard. Moses operated a ferry and a trading post, where he traded with the Lenape Indians. Learn how life in Kansas changed dramatically through the stories of Annie and Moses when you visit the stately Grinter Place.
National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame - Kansas City
Agriculture touches the lives of every living person. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the way of life that developed the values, economy, and culture of our nation all find root in agriculture. Yet, today, few people understand or appreciate agriculture as the dynamic and pervasive force that has shaped our nation's past and that will shape the world's future. To awaken people to the importance of agriculture and help them understand and appreciate its influence, agribusiness leaders of the 1950's, in Kansas City and throughout the country, envisioned the creation of the nation's premier center for agriculture. To this end, the focus of the proposed institution would be the American farmer and farming and would include not only the rural heritage which has been so influential in shaping America, but also the science and technology of farming that are shaping our world of tomorrow.
Wyandotte County Historical Museum - Kansas City
The Wyandotte County Museum staff works to identify, collect, preserve, interpret and disseminate material and information pertaining to history in order to assist the public in understanding, appreciating and assisting in the preservation of the heritage of our city and county.
Great Wolf Lodge - Kansas City
Great Wolf Lodge is North America's Largest Family of Indoor Waterpark resorts, and the ultimate destination for your next family getaway. Designed to capture the atmosphere of the Northwoods, our waterparks offer an amazing guest experience in a one-of-a-kind, rustically elegant setting. The perfect place for families to re-connect, and create lifelong memories. With one of our fully-themed resort suites as your family's base camp, you can set out on your Great Wolf adventure. You'll likely first discover our gigantic indoor waterpark, where it's always 84 degrees. And that's just the beginning. Besides our waterparks, don't miss our themed restaurants, interactive arcades, full service spas (and even a version for kids!), fitness centers, and so much more. And with more than 10 locations coast to coast, Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect, weatherproof, year-round destination for your busy family. So whether your family splashes the day away in the waterpark, enjoys a delicious family meal in our restaurant, or enjoys our nightly Storytime together before calling it a night, we think you'll agree, there's no time, like a Great Wolf time.
Post Rock Museum - Lacrosse
Limestone fenceposts were the early homesteader's answer to the shortage of wooden fenceposts on the nearly treeless prairies of north central Kansas. Throughout the 1870's and 1880's fenceposts cost 25 cents each (delivered to the fence line). Each 5-6 foot post weighed about 250-450 pounds. Thousands of posts still stand throughout the area. In addition to its use in fences, the attractive striped stone was used in constructing hundreds of homes, schools, churches, and bridges, giving the towns of post rock country a distinctive look. The exhibits of the Post Rock Museum describe:Post rock limestone and its geology. The tools and technology used to quarry it. The uses of post rock. Stories about post rock.
Kearny County Historical Museum - Lakin
In 1974, the museum property, one-half city block, was given to the Kearny County Historical Society by Jennie Rose O'Loughlin, daughter of John and Mary O'Loughlin. John O'Loughlin was the county's first permanent white settler, coming here in the spring of 1873 to establish a trading post beside the Santa Fe Trail. The complex consists of the museum building and annex, the White House, the schoolhouse, depot and a metal building to house farm equipment.
Fort Larned National Historic Site - Larned
With nine beautifully restored buildings Fort Larned NHS gives you a chance to experience military life on the Santa Fe Trail. Established on the vast prairie in western Kansas, troops stationed at Fort Larned protected mail coaches, freighters and other Trail traffic. As the site of an Indian Agency, Fort Larned also was instrumental in maintaining friendly relations with Plains Indians.
Central States Scout Museum - Larned
The museum fully occupies a former auto dealership and is FULL of Scouting memorabilia, attractively displayed in showcases. The core of the collection is the personal property of a former Scouter named Charles Sherman who is the chief curator of the museum. It houses a wealth of other items donated or loaned by other former Scouts in this area.
Santa Fe Trail History Museum - Larned
The Santa Fe Trail Center is a unique educational institution devoted to the interpretation of the historic transportation route known as the Santa Fe Trail. This regional museum and library preserves artifacts and manuscripts related to the blending of the major cultures along the Trail and enhances understanding of the continued development of the Trail. Interrelated interpretive exhibits, learning programs and resource materials engage and enlighten a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds and knowledge compelling them to examine their perception of the past.
Clinton State Park - Lawrence
Park day use areas; open fields picnicking, reserveable shelters, playgrounds and special event venue areas. Campgrounds, Boat launch areas, hiking/biking trails, 5 mile cross country ski trail, 1 mile self-guided nature trail, archery range, swim beach, sand volleyball, 2 9-hole disc golf courses, 5 acre trout pond, 1 acre children’s fishing pond, accessible shoreline use trail, fish cleaning station and 2 fish feeders, 4 playgrounds
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics - Lawrence
The mission of the bi-partisan Dole Institute is to promote political and civic involvement, especially among young people, encourage civil discussion on important issues, emphasize that politics is an honorable profession, and provide opportunities for all to interact with political leaders, practitioners and writers.
Spencer Museum of Art * Home - Lawrence
The Spencer Museum of Art explores the capacity of art to spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and create connections among people. The Museum, located on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, houses an internationally-known collection that is deep and diverse, currently numbering nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. Areas of special strength include medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture and prints; photography; Japanese Edo-period painting and prints; 20th-century Chinese painting; and KU’s ethnographic collection, which includes about 10,000 Native American, African, Latin American and Australian works.
Archaeological Research Center - Lawrence
Welcome to the Archaeological Research Center (ARC) at the University of Kansas. The ARC is a research unit that focuses on the development, encouragement, and support of archaeological research by providing laboratory space, equipment and supplies for research on the extensive archaeological collections. The Archaeological Research Center curates archaeological materials and associated documents, maps, and photographs from over 2500 sites. The collection strengths represent all time periods of the central North American Great Plains, various regions of Central and South America, and select areas of Paleolithic Europe.
Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center - Lawrence
The museum maintains research inventories of seven million plant and animal specimens representing life on earth, past and present. The inventories and their associated information are used for undergraduate, graduate, and public education; research; and public and professional service.
Watkins Community Museum of History - Lawrence
The most significant exhibit of the Watkins Community Museum of History is, perhaps, the building itself. Commissioned by Lawrence financier Jabez Bunting ("J.B.") Watkins, the future Land Mortgage Company and Watkins National Bank was constructed between 1885 and 1888. A classic example of the Richardson Romanesque influence on Kansas's architecture, it was considered one of the most magnificent buildings west of the Mississippi River at the time of its construction.
Carroll Mansion - Leavenworth
Formerly a private residence, the Carroll Mansion stands today as a "living museum" celebrating the lifestyle of a 1890s household. The Carroll Mansion features tours, educational exhibits and the quaint Victorian Shoppe. We hope you'll visit us soon and let us take you back in time to when Leavenworth County was just beginning.
Constitution Hall - Lecompton
National Historic Landmark where the proslavery delegates to the Constitutional Convention hotly debated the issue of slavery in Kansas, while the nation watched. In the land office on the ground floor, thousands of antislavery settlers filed their claims to the land. In doing so, they ultimately secured a Kansas free of slavery.
Territorial Capital Museum - Lecompton
The building presently contains three floors of artifacts which include information from Pre Civil War Kansas through the Lane University period.
Legler Barn Museum Complex - Lexena
The mission of the Legler Barn Museum Complex is to preserve, collect, exhibit, research and educate the public about the region of Lexena, Kansas from prehistoric times to the present.
Baker Arts Center - Liberal
Heralded as a "cultural oasis on the prairie," the Baker Arts Center adds a refreshing splash of fine arts to Southwest Kansas, an area typically characterized as a cultural desert.
Dorothy's House/Land of Oz - Liberal
A replica of the house shown in the movie, and recognized by then-governor John Carlin as the official home of Dorothy Gale. An annual celebration sprang up around the exhibit, which continues to expand and draw tourists to the community. In addition to the life-sized house, visitors can take a tour of the Land of Oz, a 5,000 square foot exhibit and animated journey through the movie. Guides dressed in Dorothy Gale style gingham dresses and, naturally, ruby slippers, offer personal tours through the exhibits, explaining historical detail as well as a brief outline of the movie plot itself. In the remaining space within the new structure that houses the Land of Oz, the museum has built onto its collection of Wizard of Oz artifacts.
Mid-America Air Museum - Liberal
The Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal, Kansas is one of the country's largest air museums and home to more than 100 aircraft.
Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery - Lindsborg
Birger Sandzen Gallery is devoted to the Art and History of Sven Birger Sandzen. Offers educational tours, and Adventures in Art Program. Be sure to check out the Portfolio Education Packet for grades 3 through 7. The packet contains hands-on materials as well as educational activities, lessons and review materials.
McPherson County Old Mill Museum - Lindsborg
Standing tall on the banks of the Smoky Hill River, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum preserves the early heritage of McPherson County. The museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets materials related to this heritage with special emphasis on the period from 1870 to 1910.
Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum and Plaza - Logan
Dane G. Hansen, son of one of the founders of Logan, Kansas, was widely known and respected as a citizen leader, businessman, philanthropist, and Republican. The Dane G. Hansen Memorial Plaza was conceived as a means of memorializing the Hansen Family in a way that would give Logan, Kansas, and the entire area, new cultural and social opportunities. The Plaza contains an all-purpose community room furnished with an organ, keyboard, a Kansas patchwork quilt from the Hansen Family, and paintings by Kansas artists. The Museum contains early American and foreign coins, European and Western guns, Mr. Hansen's office, the Hansen Family Biography, oriental art collected by Kate Hansen in Japan from 1907 to 1951, and art objects purchased by the Museum Association. The Museum also houses traveling exhibits and a monthly "Artist of the Month" exhibit.
Grassroots Art Center - Lucas
During the twentieth century Lucas, a unique, rural town in north central Kansas, has been a Mecca for Grassroots artists. The center's purpose is to preserve and display various grassroots art as part of the cultural history of the Midwest. Currently the Center has a permanent limestone sculpture collection of 95 pieces of the late Inez Marshall.
Coronado-Quivira Museum - Lyons
The Coronado-Quivira Museum in Lyons is one of the best small museums in Kansas. Separate displays focus on early inhabitants, Spanish explorers, the Sante Fe Trail, and the coming of homesteaders and permanent settlers.
Tuttle Creek State Park - Manhattan
Numerous nature trails, a mountain biking trail, and a scenic equestrian trail offer explorers a variety of routes to experience the aesthetic Flint Hills environment. Scenic picnic areas, an 18-hole disc golf course, volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, and conveniently placed restroom and shower facilities accommodate park visitors. The state-of-the-art Fancy Creek Shooting Range is open the first and third full weekends of each month.
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art - Manhattan
Collects and cares for the visual art of Kansas and the region. The Museum presents significant exhibitions and offers challenging learning opportunities to engage, educate, and enrich audiences of all ages.
Riley County Historical Museum - Manhattan
Discover the past through changing exhibits on Riley County history and in the photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries and records of our research library.
Sunset Zoo - Manhattan
Sunset Zoo treats visitors to a glimpse of five continents through 338 on site animals.
Wolf House Museum - Manhattan
John Frank built this historic limestone house in 1868 as a boarding house, advertised as the German Boarding House. In 1875, Dr. George Hazard Perry III and his wife purchased the house. Their family occupied it for the next 63 years, until 1938. Max and Lucile Wolf acquired the house in 1941. Mrs. Wolf gave the house to the Riley County Historical Society in 1982. The house has been restored to the period between 1883 and 1895. Spectacular Victorian wallpaper has redecorated the entry to that time.
Wonder Workshop - Manhattan
The mission of the Wonder Workshop is to promote education in the arts, sciences and humanities. Our goal is to develop self-reliant children, families and community members. Our hands-on-activities instill a desire for life long learning, recognizing our cultural diversity and fostering creative potential.
Kanopolis State Park - Marquette
The park features a full-service marina, beaches, picnic areas and cabins, as well as trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.
Mushroom Rock State Park - Marquette
Part of the Smoky Hill region in the north-central part of the state, the Dakota formations are the remains of beach sands and sediments of the Cretaceous Period, the interval of geologic time from about 144 to 66 million years ago. Sanstone and sedimentary rock, is held together by natural cement. The concreations that make up Mushroom Rocks are cemented calcium carbonate. The largest rock measures 27 feet in diameter.
Koester House Museum - Marysville
The Koester House Museum, nestled in the heart of downtown, is an excellent place to take a look at life in Marysville before the turn of the century. If the walls of this white frame Victorian house could talk, they surely would tell of the early Marysville banking family who built the home, the handsome couple who moved in as newlyweds and had three children before the wife was struck down by consumption at the age of 35, leaving her husband, small son and two daughters. Still luxuriously furnished with the Koester belongings, including family portraits, clothing, toys and books, furniture and household items, the house is a rare gem, completed in 1876, renovated carefully since the 1970s, and opened to the public through the generosity of the Koester heirs, who made it a gift to the city of Marysville.
Meade State Park - Meade
The park features overnight camping, with or without electrical and water hook-ups. The lake is surrounded by many trees that provide shade for camping and picnicking. A boat dock is available for the unloading of boats. A swimming beach area has been marked off. For nature lovers who like to identify various different trees, grasses, flowers and birds, a nature trail has been marked at the northwest corner of the lake.
Meade County Historical Museum - Meade
Located on Highway 54 in downtown Meade, the Meade County Historical Museum museum is one of the finest in Southwest Kansas. Arranged in such a way as to depict the lifestyle of early Meade County settlers, the museum offers an entertaining as well as educational look at its past. The museum boardwalk includes replicas of scenes from the past such as a sod house, general store and blacksmith shop. The livery stable houses early-day transportation, and a walk down the west side of the museum offers a glimpse into an early-day bank, doctor's office, school room, and church. The museum also hosts an extensive collection of railroad memorabilia and artifacts from a local archeological dig. The museum's outdoor display which is 1 black east and 1/2 block south, includes the Sunnydale one-room school house, a windmill and early farm equipment.
Milford State Park - Milford
Milford State Park is a favorite getaway for outdoors loving visitors. Park facilities include modern campgrounds, shower buildings, toilets, swimming beaches, boat ramps, picnic shelters, a full-service marina, and a multi-purpose trails system. The park also houses a large yacht club.
Big Brutus, Inc. - Mineral
Big Brutus put the oooohs and aaahs in the backyard of the Heartlands!!! Miles before you reach this retired giant — you can see it on the horizon south of West Mineral, Kansas. Standing beside it makes one aware of how fragile he or she is. There is more to Big Brutus than cold steel and long shadows falling across the Mined Land Wildlife Area. Big Brutus is not just a symbol of the past, but an eternal tribute to the mining heritage of Southeast Kansas and to miners all across this nation who toiled to support their families. Big Brutus is a museum open year round. Hours vary with the season. Call (620)827-6177 for more information.
Ottawa County Historical Museum - Minneapolis
The Ottawa County Museum has a lot more formation about the artifacts than most local historical museums. Many of the artifacts are next to magazine articles or other labels with details of what they were or how they were used. A large corner is filled with exhibits about George Washington Carver, who lived in Minneapolis for several years as a boy. Other exhibits of particular interest include Silvisaurus condrayi, a Kansas dinosaur with many fossils in Ottawa County, and the story of Grace Bedell and the letter she sent to Presidential candidate Abe Lincoln suggesting that he grow a beard.
Stauth Memorial Museum - Montezuma
Learn About Your World! Features the travel adventures of Claude and Donalda Stauth, long-time residents of Southwest Kansas. Journey with Claude and "Donnie" as you stroll through the permanent exhibit 'Around the World'. Browse colorful displays of handicrafts and arts from every corner of the earth. Experience famous sites and everyday places from around the world through video and slide programs based on the Stauths' trips. Explore the world in the World Discovery Center with over 60 years of National Geographics, Map & Geography computer games and the extensive Stauth Coin Collection from all around the world.
Mulvane Historical Museum - Mulvane
The Mulvane Historical Museum, housed in the former Santa Fe Depot, was dedicated and opened August 19, 1983. The Mulvane Historical Society was Chartered July 11, 1973. The Depot was built in 1910. By the Early 1970's it was used only by railroad repair crews as it was no longer serving passengers. Displays include: Navy Nurse Collection, WWI & WWII Memorabilia, Vaseline Glass and Railroad Items.
Nicodemus National Historic Site - Nicodemus
At the end of the Civil Was, African Americans left the south and settled in the Great Plains. Nicodemus is the oldest and only remaining all Black Town west of the Mississippi River. The website offers historical information about the town for those who cannot visit in person.
Kauffman Museum - North Newton
The Museum is named in memory of Charles Kauffman, founder and curator of the original Kauffman Museum. The Museum is affiliated with Bethel College, a four year liberal arts college associated with the Mennonite Church USA. It features the award-winning permanent exhibit Of Land and People which tells the story of the coming of the Mennonites from Europe to the central plains in the 1870s and their encounters with the prairie environment and its people. A historic farmstead with heritage flower and vegetable gardens around the 1875 Voth-Unruh-Fast House and the 1886 Ratzlaff Barn are on site.
Prairie Dog State Park - Norton
The park is home to a thriving prairie dog colony and is the site of the last remaining adobe house in Kansas. Historical interpretation is a hallmark of this park. Two vintage 19th century buildings are preserved here, including a one room school and renovated adobe house. A 1.4- mile nature trail complete with interpretive signage is a great way to explore the park and observe wildlife. Campsites and fishing available.
Fick Museum - Oakley
The Fick Fossil and History Museum in Oakley, Kansas shares a building with the community library. The Fick Museum is free (donations) and has a number of interesting large dinosaur fossils from Kansas, many old tools, mineral specimens, and shell & mineral folk art. Most of the exhibits have more info about who contributed them (looks like every one in town), then about the exhibits.
Decatur County Last Indian Raid Museum - Oberlin
The Museum represents a celebration of prairie life. It is a very impressive collection with fourteen buildings.
Ensor Farmsite and Museum - Olathe
An early dairy farm of 9 buildings, including an 1892 Farm House, and 1890 Peg Barn, plus two 90 foot radio towers. Home of Marshall Ensor (1899-1970) a teacher for 46 years and long time early ham radio operator. Winner of 1940 Paley Award for outstanding aid to our country for teaching code lessons for 10 years to nearly 10,000 listeners via the radio. Antiques include early amateur radio equipment and much other articles of woodwork and effects from other manual arts subjects, all made by Mr. Ensor.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm - Olathe
Visit the only working Stagecoach Stop on the Santa Fe Trail!
Eisenhower State Park - Osage City
Eisenhower is 1,785 acres of rolling hills with 18 miles of trails, camping, playground, beach, horse shoe pits, sand volley ball court, and basketball court for your family gatherings.
John Brown Museum - Osawatomie
Reverend Samuel Adair and his wife, Florella were peaceful abolitionists who came to Kansas and settled near Osawatomie, an abolitionist community and a center of conflict during “Bleeding Kansas.” The Adair cabin was a station on the Underground Railroad and Florella’s half brother, John Brown,used this cabin as his headquarters. The cabin survived the Battle of Osawatomie where John Brown and 30 free-state defenders fought 250 proslavery militia in 1856, and stands on the battle site today. Learn more about the Adairs, John Brown, and others who struggled to survive the border war when you visit the John Brown Museum.
Osawatomie - Miami County - Osawatomie
The “Town Between Two Rivers” was known as an “Abolitionist Nest” and headquarters of John Brown. Touring Miami County: Mills House, Asylum Bridge, The Jayhawk, Republican Party in Kansas, Osawatomie History Museum, Old Stone Church, First Land Office, Creamery Bridge, Soldiers Monument, John Brown Memorial Park and John Brown Museum State Historic Site, and Osawatomie State Hospital.
Old Depot Museum - Ottawa
The centerpiece of the collections of the Franklin County Historical Society is the Old Depot Museum. A fancy, limestone "county seat" depot with offices upstairs for the division offices of the railroad, the depot in its present state of preservation is a destination in and of itself. However, it also houses a wonderful collection of artifacts which range from items from the Grand Army of the Republic, the Union Civil War veterans' organization to furniture, clothing and tools collected steadily since 1960. The museum features a permanent display, "Trails, Rails and Prairie Tales," that gives the visitor a chronological tour through Franklin County history from native times to the 20th century. An elaborate, almost 40-year-old HO model train layout recreates train service in Ottawa in 1950. Featured exhibits highlight special events, collections and themes.
Perry State Park - Ozawkie
The park features a sand beach, five shower buildings, two boat ramps, picnic areas, and trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.
Hillsdale State Park - Paola
Hillsdale offers outdoor recreational opportunities to campers, anglers, boaters, hunters, swimmers, horseback riders, model airplane fliers, hikers, naturalists, picnickers, photographers, sightseers, and those out to enjoy our natural environment.
Parker Museum - Parker
The Parker Museum houses some of the smaller items of the museum's collection. This collection includes over 500 laminated pages of the Parker Message newspaper. A former blacksmith shop, west of the main building houses some of the larger items in the collection. A one-room country school house has been moved to a site east of the main building and restored to it's original condition.
Old Fort Bissell - Phillipsburg
Welcome to the Fort Bissell Museum. All of the buildings are originally from Phillips County. Nearly all of the items were donated or loaned from county citizens. The fort was built in 1872 on the land of John Bissell, while roving bands of Indians were still in the area. It was located on a bend of Bissell Creek; miles west of the Coop Refinery. It was protected by steep banks on three sides, the north, south, and west. The Fort was constructed on cottonwood logs, sharply pointed on the ends above ground. Inside, there was a cabin for provisions and a lean-to on the north wall which was used for shelter from the elements.
Linn County Museum - Pleasanton
The museum offers a rich source of information about border conflicts and area history. Displays detail the first lead mines in Kansas, discovered by Frenchmen in the 1830's and for which Mine Creek is named. Visitors can follow the exploits of Quantrill, Jenison, and Montgomery. Local artifacts from the Battle of Mine Creek are also on display. One of the finest genealogy libraries in the area is housed here. You can explore period rooms, exhibits, and an authentic country store.
Marais des Cygnes Massacre Marker - Pleasanton
The bloodiest single incident in the Kansas-Missouri border struggles, 1854-1861, occurred May 19, 1858, when about 30 Proslavery Missourians seized 11 Kansas Free-State men near Trading Post and marched them to a ravine 225 yards northwest of this marker. Lining up their prisoners, they callously shot them down, killing five and wounding five others. One escaped injury by feigning death. A few weeks after the massacre John Brown arrived here and built a two-story log "fort", about 14 x 18 feet, which he occupied with a few men through the summer. A Brown follower, Charles C. Hadsall, bought this property in 1858. Later, adjacent to the site of the fort, he built the stone house which stands here today. The building and grounds were presented to the State of Kansas in 1941 by Pleasanton Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mine Creek Battlefield - Pleasanton
On October 25, 1864, approximately 2,800 Union troops attacked and defeated about 8,000 Confederates along the banks of Mine Creek. This was one of the largest cavalry battles in the Civil War and was the only major battle fought in Kansas. The Union brigades were commanded by Colonels Frederick W. Benteen and John F. Philips. After this battle, Federal forces pursued and defeated additional Confederates in Missouri as they attempted to return to Arkansas, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), and eventually Texas. Learn about the soldiers and their stories as this dramatic story comes alive at the Mine Creek Battlefield.
Pratt County Historical Museum - Pratt
The Pratt County Historical Society was founded in 1968, and dedicated to the preservation of the history of Pratt County, Kansas and the surrounding area.
Virtual field trip online
Pawnee Indian Museum - Republic
The Pawnee Nation was the dominant power of the Central Plains for hundreds of years. This museum tells the story of an 1820s Pawnee village. The most remarkable feature is the museum’s centerpiece – the excavated floor of a large 1820s Pawnee earth lodge. Feel the spirits of the past while walking the perimeter of the lodge and view the rare sacred bundle that hangs above the altar. After touring the museum, walk the interpretive trail that winds through the depressions marking other lodges. Learn about the people of the Pawnee Nation, and their stories when you visit the Pawnee Indian Museum.
Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure - Salina
The Zoo lets patron get up and close with a rare white camel, an Indian rhino, a curious orangutan, an ornery aardvark or many of the other animals. The Museum employs state-of-the-art animatronic human robots to narrate stories for visitors.
Salina Art Center - Salina
The Salina Art Center is celebrating its 25th year as a private, non-profit organization committed to art, artists, and audiences in Salina and across the region. The Art Center has been recognized for its innovative exhibitions and programs, including the permanent Interactive Area for children of all ages. We are known for dedication to presenting visual arts experiences ranging from important and groundbreaking international exhibitions and prestigious national shows to exhibitions featuring local and regional artists. The Art Center Cinema presents film as a visual art form – a wide range of comedy, drama, and documentary films which are original, imaginative, exciting, thought-provoking and memorable in its own cinema.
Smoky Hill Museum - Salina
Whether we are your destination or you are passing through, the Smoky Hill Museum has much to offer. Captivating galleries, engaging activities, fascinating stories, and much more make this a must see museum. Interwoven with experiences, tales, photographs, and artifacts, the history of the Smoky Hills region comes alive.
Santa Fe National Historic Trail - Santa Fe Trail
The Santa Fe National Historic Trail connects western Missouri and Santa Fe. The website offers historical information about the trail for those who cannot visit in person.
Scott State Park - Scott City
Scott State Park is a startling oasis of natural springs, deep wooded canyons, and craggy bluffs surrounding the 100-acre, spring fed Scott State Fishing Lake. The park has 55 utility campsites, including some with 50-amp service and water hookups. Canoe and paddleboat rentals are available at the concession facility seasonally. Nature trails accommodate hikers, horseback riders, and naturalists and provide excellent opportunities to observe wildlife in natural habitats.
Emmett Kelly Museum - Sedan
Emmett Kelly, the world's most famous clown is an inspiration to both children and adults. An unlikely hero who from humble beginnings, was born in a small town before the turn of the century, whose father was the straw boss of a railroad crew and whose mother eked out a small extra income raising chickens for eggs and cows for milk while she raised Emmett and his sister. It was with this hard work environment Emmett learned the value of family and hard work.
Coronado Museum - Seward County
Housed in a landmark structure originally built in 1918, the building retains the warmth and style of an early Western home. Oak staircases, paneled walls and floors add an unusual charm to the treasures of the people who settled Seward County, Kansas. The museum features items that helped to settle the territory during its Wild West heyday, including an extensive weapons display and a large collection of those things that gave it a more civilized tone, including a beautifully restored ornate antique organ, quilts and home furnishings. A Western Gallery, with photos of ranch life and frontier settlers, tells the story of the taming of the land. In 1996, the museum opened a western living exhibit, featuring artifacts and a recreation of what Seward County might have been like in its early days. This display was created with the help of Linda WindIer of Topeka, who also made the popular "Land of Oz" exhibit on the museum grounds.
Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City - Shawnee
Committed to sparking a lifelong love of learning in children through the power of play. Wonderscope provides fun, inter-disciplinary arts and sciences exhibits and programs for children 10 and under, their parents and teachers from across the Kansas City area.
Johnson County Museum of History - Shawnee
The Johnson County Museum of History opened in 1967 in the former Greenwood School. Over the years, the Museum has continued to achieve its mission of preserving and sharing the community's history through its award winning permanent and changing exhibits. The facility includes permanent and changing galleries, a research library, an education center and a museum store.
The 1950s All-Electric House - Shawnee
A family home for forty years, The 1950s All-Electric House is once again a model house. The house was relocated from its original site in Prairie Village to the Museum of History in 1994. Guided tours of the All-Electric House help visitors learn why a home in the suburbs was part of the American dream after World War II, and is an excellent complement to the Museum of History's exhibit Seeking the Good Life, which aims to tell the history of the city from a suburban perspective.
ShawneeTown Visitor's Center - Shawnee
Shawnee Town, 1929 --an active, fun place where visitors of all ages learn what it was like to live in Shawnee, Kansas in 1929. Engaging and thoughtful tours, exhibits and programs will allow visitors to experience a typical day in and around the farm town of Shawnee, Kansas, in 1929.
St John Science Museum - St John
The founder of the museum is Mr James Hood who taught science at the High Hchool in St John Kansas until retirement. He started the Museum as a learning center to continue teaching what he calls "hands on science". Mr Hood has been awarded the Kansas State Teacher of the Year Award and is enshrined in the Kansas Teacher's Hall of fame.
Cheyenne County Museum - St. Francis
The museum features a diorama complete with prehistoric fossils uncovered locally that show life as it progressed over the millennia on the High Plains. The museum has an outstanding collection of furniture and period exhibits of frontier life, all of which came from county residents.
Indian Pay Station and Museum - St. Marys
St. Marys was one of the last locations of Jesuit service to North American tribes, which began in the 1600's in Quebec and Montreal. St. Marys Mission was the Pottawatomie Tribal headquarters and service center until the tribal lands were greatly reduced in about 1867. The Old Pay Station, an original building that served to distribute annual annuity payments and conduct other business on behalf of the tribe in the early days of St. Marys, still stands and is part of the St. Marys museum complex. The Indian Pay Station and Museum features the original old Pottawatomie Tribal Pay Station and an adjoining museum building filled with historic artifacts from the later settlement of the St. Marys area.
Stafford County Historical Society Museum - Stafford
The museum has outgrown its first building and has two annexes. There is also a genealogical library in the main museum.
Webster State Park - Stockton
Choose from 66 water/electric campsites, six electric campsites, one water/electric/sewer, or one of the many primitive sites. Water sites are available year round. Reservations are accepted on several sites. Five boat ramp lanes and three courtesy docks offer boaters ample launching facilities on a usually uncluttered lake at conservation level.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve - Strong City
Tallgrass prairie once covered 140 million acres of North America. Less than 4 % remains, mostly in the Flint Hills of Kansas. On November 12, 1996, legislation created the 10,894 acre preserve, which protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem, while containing a unique collection of natural and cultural features from the American Indian to present.
Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site - Studley
John Fenton Pratt, pictured at left, had no idea when he started building his ranch that it would someday tell the story of his family and his native Yorkshire, England. Take a step into history as you tour the grounds and house of this relatively unchanged rural ranch set in the South Solomon River Valley of the High Plains. Through Pratt’s photo collection, stained glass windows, and examples of Yorkshire architecture, you’ll learn more about businessman and sheep rancher Pratt, other early Kansas ranchers, and their stories when you visit Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site.
Wilson State Park - Sylvan Grove
Primitive and utility camping sites are available, as well as several cabins with electricity and plumbing. There are also RV pads and dump stations in each area. Other activities that can be enjoyed at Wilson State Park are wildlife watching/photography, boating, fishing, horseshoes, biking, hiking, and swimming. Come to one of Kansas' premier recreation hot spots to fish, hike, water-ski, or just enjoy the outdoors.
Hamilton County Museum - Syracuse
Collections in the Museum: Bibles, Books & Maps, Pictures & Cameras, Tools & Buggies, Farm Equipment, Clothing & Quilts, Indian Artifacts, Antique Cars & Trucks, Hospital Equipment, Military Memorabilia, Dishes & Laundry Equipment, Stoves - Cooking and Heating, Business Machines, Sewing Machines, Barber Shop & General Store, School Trophies, and Gun Collections.
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society Museum - Tonganoxie
The museum is located in the Fairchild/Knox milk parlor. The grand opening was held on June 14, 2003 during the annual Tonganoxie Days. Museum displays depict the Delaware Indians, the town’s beginning, family life, leisure, schools, dairy farming, farming, businesses, government and death. The collection is always growing and new exhibits are always being displayed.
Combat Air Museum - Topeka
The Combat Air Museum has served as an educational institution and tourism destination for more than thirty years. It is one of a handful of major aviation museums in the United States located on an active air field. Visitors to our museum are regularly treated to flying activities of Air Force fighter aircraft and Army helicopter operations. With the second longest runway in the State of Kansas, large refueling tanker aircraft of the Air National Guard and army troop transports often fill the skies around the Museum. The Museum's youth classes offer students a unique opportunity to be immersed in the midst of a museum covering aviation history from the earliest days of flight to the present day.
Fort Hays - Topeka
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant John Denny, served at Fort Hays from January 1882 to December 1884. He and the rest of the African American “Buffalo Soldiers” are part of the rich history of Fort Hays that includes names like Generals George A. Custer, Nelson Miles, and Philip Sheridan; Major Reno; William “Buffalo Bill” Cody; and James B. “Wild Bill” Hickok. Established in 1865 in the land of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, the fort protected railroad workers and travelers on the Smoky Hill Trail. Here you will learn more about the soldiers and the people they were protecting.
Kansas Museum of History - Topeka
Enjoy the history of Kansas in exciting and interactive exhibits at the Kansas Museum of History. You'll discover: the western trails, the Civil War, a full-sized train, 1950s diner, and much more.
Mulvane Art Museum - Topeka
The Mulvane Art Museum is dedicated to providing art education and art resources to Topeka and surrounding areas. The Mulvane Education Department provides numerous options for all ages, including in-house and outreach programming. The Mulvane Art Museum cooperates with the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the City of Topeka, ArtsConnect, local school districts, area agencies, businesses and private donors to offer citywide Art Resources for Topeka (A.R.T.) education programs.
Museum of the Kansas National Guard - Topeka
The Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Kansas National Guard and honoring the memories of the soldiers and airmen who, for over 145 years, have served Kansas and the United States whenever the call was made. Within the Museum walls, the weapons, uniforms and other artifacts carried or worn by Kansas Guardsmen from the Civil War to the Gulf War are proudly displayed. These artifacts paint a picture of the Kansas citizen-soldier from the early and bloody days of the birth of our state, to today’s Guard mission in a highly volatile and dangerous world.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site - Topeka
Brown v. Board of Education ended legal segregation in public schools. This site helps tells the story of the people involved and the political climate of the times. The website offers historical information about the park for those who cannot visit in person.
Cross Timbers State Park - Toronto
Shaded campsites within easy access of the lake are available for both full RV hookup and primitive camping. All park campgrounds are served by modern bathroom and shower facilities. All park trails are open to hiking and backpacking. All but the Ancient Trees Trail are open to other non-motorized uses such as jogging and mountain biking. Back country camping is allowed by special permit on segments of the Chautauqua Hills Trail. Fishing in the river and on the reservoir can be excellent.
Fall River State Park - Toronto
Outdoors enthusiasts looking to get off the beaten track will find much to their liking at this park. Camping, swimming, boating, water skiing, hiking, and picnics are popular pursuits at Fall River. A favorite pastime here is canoeing Fall River, which feeds into the 2,450-acre reservoir of the same name. Bird watchers, photographers, and naturalists will enjoy a variety of native plants and animals here. Fall River offers good fishing opportunities for channel catfish, white bass, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass and walleye.
Grant County Museum - Ulysses
The adobe building in which the museum is housed is interesting in itself. It was built in 1938 as a county shop. While you're at the museum, be sure to visit the Hotel Edwards. The rooms are cleverly "disarranged" and you'll find yourself thinking that the occupant just stepped away and will be right back. The museum complex also includes a one-room schoolhouse.
Pomona State Park - Vassar
Well known by northeast Kansas residents for shady campsites and a great family atmosphere, Recreational opportunities await you with three hiking trails, swim beach, day use picnic areas, volleyball and basketball courts, playgrounds, horseshoe pits and a nine-hole disc golf course. The park also has a full service marina with boat slips to rent daily or annually.
Trego County Museum - WaKeeney
Organized for the preservation of Trego County history. There is a vast collection of pioneer possessions on display. The old safe from the office of the Trego County Treasurer, it was installed there in 1901 and was given to the historical society in February 1989. The tellers cage from the Ogallah Bank, a telephone exchange used in Collyer in 1910. Medical, dentist and optometrist equipment used by pioneer doctors. The first printing press of the Western Kansas World Office dating back to 1879. Newspapers, county abstractors records and school records. World I and II items are on display. Early day household and farm equipment and tools.
Kansas Landscape Arboretum - Wakefield
The Kansas Landscape Arboretum lies just south of Wakefield on the west side of Milford Reservoir. Over 1,000 species of native and exotic woody plants adapted to the Kansas environment are found here. The Arboretum is open daily from 8 A.M. to dusk, March 1 to October 31. Stop at the kiosk off the Utah street entrance for a brochure. Much of the area is left in native vegetation, and foot trails provide easy access to both prairie and woodland habitats.
Wamego Museum - Wamego
A product of the Wamego Historical Society organized in 1973, the complex consists of a museum, a one room school house, a rock jail and a log cabin, all near the Old Dutchmill. The donated artifacts depict the early history of Wamego and we are the keepers of the heritage.
Lovewell State Park - Webber
1160 acre State Park w/primitive and utility camping, camping cabins, day use areas, swimming beach, full service marina, modern shower and restroom facilities. Adjacent to 3000 surface acre reservoir.
Frank Lloyd Wright - Alllen-Lambe House - Wichita
Guided tours are available by appointment only. Reservations must be made at least 10 days in advance. For more information, contact us by phone at 316-687-1027.
Ulrich Museum of Art - Wichita
The Ulrich Museum of Art, an integral unit of Wichita State University, supports the university's teaching and service mission by presenting outstanding exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. - The Ulrich Museum is located in the southwest corner of the Wichita State University campus. - Your visit to the Ulrich Museum of Art is FREE!
Exploration Place - Wichita
Inspiring a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experience. Exploration Place is dedicated to providing informal, enjoyable learning experiences with extraordinary resources for exploration for people of all ages. The goal of Exploration Place educational programming is to provide fun and exciting experiences while exploring science.
Great Plains Nature Center - Wichita
The Great Plains Nature Center contains over 25 different species of native mammals, reptiles and birds in eight cages.
Kansas Aviation Museum - Wichita
A Treasure Trove of History, in a Historic Setting. The importance of the Kansas Aviation Museum building to the glory days of Kansas aviation cannot be overstated. Its grand art-deco style appeals both to the aviation community and to anyone interested in historical preservation.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame - Wichita
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the history of sports for the state to serve as a source of education and inspiration to all generations. The mission is achieved through providing exhibits, archives, facilities, services and activities to honor those individuals and teams whose achievements in sports, have brought distinction to themselves, to their communities and to the entire state of Kansas.
Mid-America All-Indian Center - Wichita
The Mid-America All-Indian Center is a multi purpose facility; it houses a museum, a Gallery of Nations for special events, and a gift shop. MAAIC serves as a cultural center and museum dedicated to educating people about and preserving the heritage of the American Indian.
Museum of World Treasures - Wichita
Experience a trip through time at one of the most interesting and exciting museums in America. You’ll be amazed as you discover our incredible collection of fossils and dinosaurs including T-rex Ivan, Egyptian Mummies, an unequaled Hall of American Presidents exhibit, an extensive Militaria collection from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War, European Hall of Royalty, and the Music and Hollywood Stars exhibits. Children will also enjoy the fun activity center including a Moon Walk, Puppet Theater, and large play castle and dungeon.
Old Cowtown Museum - Wichita
Cowtown is a living history museum where you’ll experience life in the 1870s. Immerse yourself in a sampling of the sights, sounds and activities common to a midwestern cattle town. Try a wagon ride, hear the ring of the blacksmith anvil, and visit the humble home of the town’s founder, Darius Munger. Be sure to stop at the home of the Marshall Murdock, who single-handedly promoted the town through his newspaper. After you smell what the farmer’s wife is cooking for her family, try an ice cold sarsaparilla in the saloon…but be prepared to duck in the doorway as gunfire erupts in the streets!
Sedgwick County Zoo - Wichita
Explore the Zoo. It is our hope that when you visit Sedgwick County Zoo, you embark on an exciting voyage of adventure and discovery. Here at the Zoo, our world comes alive with each step you take throughout the continents: the intimidating roar of the lions in Africa, the playful nature of the river otters in North America, the beauty of flight of the amazing birds in Australia and South America. With every step we hope the Zoo enriches your perception and sensitivity of our world and the beautiful sights, sounds and creatures it comprises. Through this adventure, we hope that we inspire a desire to learn more about our living planet. Have fun. Explore our Zoo. Discover something new.
Wichita Art Museum - Wichita
The mission of the Wichita Art Museum is to collect, preserve, and promote American art and to engage the public in America’s artistic heritage.
Wichita Center for the Arts - Wichita
The mission of the Wichita Center for the Arts is to improve understanding about the visual and performing arts among citizens in the region by providing programs which develop the creative process, expand aesthetic appreciation, and bring new meaning and understanding to the potential of being human. Founded in 1920, The Wichita Center for the Arts is Wichita’s oldest and most comprehensive visual and performing arts organization and the region’s only arts center that includes a school. The Center’s resources include a permanent collection of over 6,500 art works of regional and international importance; over 14,000 square feet of galleries and related space in a 45,000 square foot facility; comprehensive educational programs for all ages in the visual and performing arts in over 9,500 square feet of dedicated and fully-equipped classroom space.
Wichita Gardens, Botanica - Wichita
The gardens includes an aquatic collection, butterfly garden and 2,880 square foot butterfly house featuring pansy exhibits during the winter
Wichita - Sedgwick County Historical Museum - Wichita
The Wichita - Sedgwick County Historical Museum's mission is to educate the community and its visitors about local history by collecting, preserving, and interpreting materials reflecting the heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County.
The Kansas African American Museum - Wichita
People, Pride and Promise - telling the story of the African American experience in Kansas - Past Present and future. Join TKAAM every third Saturday for an afternoon that will inspire kids to become lifelong lovers of reading. Story time Village will offer exciting and interactive stories read by special guests and community leaders.