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Museums in Wichita

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Wichita has a wide variety of Museums for you to enjoy. Select from the list below and begin to learn what Wichita has to offer.

Exploration Place

Discover extraordinary hands-on experiences for people of all ages.

Exploration Place

Discover Exploration Place as you experience your world in a whole new and fun way on this 20-acre site, located along the scenic Arkansas River, in Wichitas downtown Museums on the River district. Experience hands-on exhibit areas designed for all ages that focus on flight, Kansas, medieval life in a three-story castle, imaginative spaces for young children and a special traveling exhibit area. In the CyberDome Theater, travel to faraway destinations and embark upon unforgettable adventures in the states largest digital dome space planetarium. Take a breather in the great outdoors at Exploration Parks picnic grove and adventure play yard. And test your putting skills during the summer at the 18-hole, unconventional MiniGolf course. Other amenities include free parking, Explore Store, WaterWay Café and Terrace, The Egret Dining Room and family restrooms.
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Old Cowtown Museum

History comes to life!


Wooden sidewalks, dusty streets and store-front facades are just a few of the old West attractions is this historic 17 acre open air museum with 35 exhibit areas depicting life between 1865 and 1880.

1871 Sim Park Drive, (316) 219-1871
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Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Journey back in time to Wichita's early years. Early day furnishings and other items grouped in authentic settings. Pictorial display of famous Chisholm Trail. Frontier memorabilia. Housed in the old City Hall building, known as the "Palace of the Plains", it was the pride of Wichita when completed in 1892 by local architects Proudfoot and Bird.
204 S. Main, 265-9314

Wichita Art Museum

Discover and enjoy the treasures of the Wichita Art Museum, Kansas' largest art museum. Three centuries of American masterpieces from the nationally renowned Roland P. Murdock Collection are just the beginning. Your visit will be an extraordinary one as you tour three floors of galleries as well as the outdoor sculpture deck and grounds. Artists whose works are represented include Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Stuart Davis, and Jacob Lawrence.
619 Stackman Drive, 268-4921
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Ulrich Museum of Art

Edwin A. Ulrich Museum

This is Wichita's premier venue for contemporary works by established and emerging artists of national and international significance. A lively schedule of provocative and challenging exhibitions is complemented by an important collection of 20th- and 21st-century paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. The museum is also well known for its outdoor sculpture collection, a group seventy, 20th-century monumental works installed across the 330-acre campus.
Wichita State University
off of 17th Street and Hillside Ave., 978-3664
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Museum Of World Treasures

Museum of World Treasures

The mission of the Museum of World Treasures is to foster education and understanding of the creativity, arts, religion and culture of our amazing heritage from the ancients to the present. A not-profit, very large and intriguing attraction with Egyptian mummies and sarcophagi, Roman and Greek treasures, the finest American Presidents collection in the world, a great Sports Museum, the only Royal Crown Jewels in mainland America, ten authentic dinosaur fossils, and much much more.
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Kansas Aviation Museum
3350 S. George Washington Blvd., 683-9242
Housed in the original Wichita Municipal Airport Terminal building, exhibits chronicle the growth and development of aviation in Kansas with airplanes built by Cessna, Beech, Stearman and others.

Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E 29th Street North, (316) 683-5499
Features include an interactive exhibit hall with prairie dioramas and a 2,400 gallon aquarium, a wildlife observatory, an auditorium seating nearly 200 and a gift shop/bookstore. After your visit, step outside and explore over 2 miles of paved nature trails at Chisholm Creek Park. Our hours are Monday-Saturday, 9-5, closed Sundays and Holidays.

Campbell Castle
1155 N. River Blvd, 264-6950
Built in 1888 by cattleman Burton Harvey Campbell, it is the only "castle" style home remaining from Wichita's building boom of the 1880's. Modeled after a feudal Scottish castle, the original interior woodwork features a variety of woods, including walnut, mohogany, and cherry. The home boasts eight original fireplaces found on several floors. Constructed of rough-hewn limestone blocks, the home features a three-story castellated tower, with carved stone animal figures. A two-story carriage house accompanies the main home. In 1994, the home was purchased and rehabilitated as a bed and breakfast facility.

Mid-America All Indian Center

The permanent collection including artifacts and paintings of Native American cultures throughout North America gives insight to the history responsible for the survival, diversity and unique achievements of the Native Americans.
Hours: Mon - Sat., 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm
650 N. Seneca, (316) 262-5221
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Kansas Fire Fighters Museum
1300 South Broadway, 316-264-5990
The two-story concrete brick fire station, constructed in 1909, initially housed horse-drawn equipment and horses and was the last station in Wichita to be converted to motorized vehicles. Built to serve as a front line fire house for the south side of Wichita, the station was active until 1953, when a new fire station #6 was built at Santa Fe and Mt. Vernon. It was then used by the Wichita Fire Reserve until 1988 and is now the home of the Kansas Firefighter's Museum.

Great Plains Transportation Museum
Experience the sights and sounds of Wichita's past, and learn the stories of how transportation changed the way we live. Outdoor railroad rolling stock displays, indoor displays featuring a steam locomotive and diesel electric engines as well as cabooses from the turn of the century.
700 E. Douglas, 263-0944

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

1100 N. Plum Hutchinson, Kansas - 316-662-2305 or 800-397-0330
With more than 10,000 space artifacts, it is one of the country's premier space museums outside of the Smithonian. It features an Omnimax Theater with a 44-foot wrap-around dome screen.

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Hyatt Regency WichitaThe 17-story Hyatt Regency underscores the company's faith in Wichita's development as a leading convention destination. Located downtown on the scenic Arkansas River, on the expanded River Walk, adjacent to the historic museum district.
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Other Museums

Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen-Lambe House
255 N. Roosevelt, 687-1027
The only residence in Kansas designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this home was built for Henry J. Allen, a prominent journalist and statesman.

Pioneer History Museum
Fellow-Reeve Museum
Collection of mounted animals, rocks and minerals. Located at Friends University

Kansas African American Museum
Highlights the achievements of black Wichitans from city leaders to buffalo soldiers and inventors.
601 N. Water, 316-262-7651

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
238 North Mead

Wichita Sports Hall of Fame
4700 E. Central

The Wichita Center for the Arts
9112 East Central, 316-634-ARTS

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