The Kansas Museum of History is located in Topeka, Kansas. The museum is dedicated to the colorful history of Kansas, and is filled with interesting things to see and do. When people find themselves in Topeka, the Kansas Museum of History is a great way to spend an afternoon and learn all about the history of the state.
The main gallery includes displays about the many different aspects of Kansas history. Some of the exhibit themes include Native American history, forts, and the role of Kansas in the Civil War, settlements, trains, Kansas in the 20th century and more. Exhibits include a fill-size tipi, a covered wagon and a steam locomotive.
The Discover Place is a wonderful hands-on gallery for both children and adults to see, touch and interact with the history of the state. They can crawl in a tipi, ride carousel horses, dress up in Grandma’s Attic, strum a guitar and use a telephone switchboard. It is a favorite place for young people who visit the Kansas Museum of History because they get to learn while also having fun.
Temporary exhibits to the museum are fun and interesting additions to the regular museum fare. Currently, an exhibit about "Blazing Guns and Rugged Heroes: Kansas in the Westerns” details the role of Kansas in the Hollywood western movies. Visitors can also learn about quilts and sports in the upcoming exhibits that the museum has planned for the near future.
Taking time to visit the museum store is worthwhile. The store at the Kansas Museum of History is filled with gifts and interesting books related to the history of the state and the American West. Many of the gifts in the store have been crafted by Kansas artists. The books cover a wide variety of subjects including Kansas archaeology sites and important people in the state’s history.
The museum is also home to the Center for Historical Research, which is an extensive library collection of printed materials, government archives, photographs and other information that is available about Kansas’s past.
The museum also has "Cool Things" and "Objects and Heirlooms" that have been donated to the museum for visitors to view. These are amazing things that truly represent the unique individual and group history of the state..
The hours of the Kansas Museum of History are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed on Mondays and state holidays. The Discovery Place, which is a hands-on gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Children under the age of five are free, with Kansas residents getting a $1 discount on the admission price. Both guided and self-guided tours are available.
6425 SW 6th Ave
Topeka, KS 66615
Exit 356 on I-70 in west Topeka. Turn north; enter the roundabout and follow the signs directing you west.
The Kansas Museum Of History – Topeka Kansas