Kansas Museum of History, Topeka
The Kansas Museum of History, Topeka. Photo courtesy Kansas Historical Society
Plains Indian Tipi exhibit, Kansas Museum of History. Photo courtesy Kansas Historical Society.
Immigrant wagon display. Photo courtesy Kansas Historical Society.
Environmental fair held at the museum. Photo courtesy Kansas Historical Society.
6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka KS 66615-1099
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The Kansas Museum of History is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas because it tells the state's colorful story featuring early people, trails, settlements, Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War, trains and towns, early 20th century, and the recent past.
A full-sized Southern Cheyenne tipi and Wichita grass lodge accompany exhibits on native people who lived on the plains. Displays also illustrate the time period when immigrant tribes were moved into the area to live on assigned reservations.
The immigrant wagon and buffalo are at the center of the trails section,
which features the
Other museum treasures are the Queen windmill, stagecoach, log cabin, 1914
Longren biplane, and printing press on which
The museum is located at the Kansas Historical Society's headquarters in Topeka on 81 acres at the city's northwest edge. Here visitors to the museum can shop in the Museum Store, explore the hands-on gallery, Discovery Place, conduct research on Kansas and family history at the State Archives & Library, picnic on the grounds, and hike the 2.5 mile nature trail. The Historical Society was established in 1875 by the Kansas Editors' and Publishers' Association to save present and past records. In 1879 the Historical Society was designated as "the trustee of the state" to maintain its history and antiquities.
Location: Exit 356 on I-70 in west Topeka.
Turn north; enter the roundabout and follow the signs toward the west.
Hours and admission charge: Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Adults $6; students $4; KSHS, Inc., members and children five and under admitted free.