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7515 West Taft Street
Wichita, KS 67209
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Arts & Museums
Feel like you've traveled back in time at this museum, where costumed actors recreate the lifestyle of a cattle town from the 1870s. This sprawling museum is designed as a working town complete with residential houses, an industrial area, a farm and various other elements that comprised a town back in the day. Well thought-out re-enactments of scenes from daily life make this an interesting attraction for kids as well as adults. The Hunter Area, Drovers Camp, DeVore Farm and the Industrial Area are some of the prominent living exhibits of the museum. In addition to this, the Empire Hall showcases an extensive collection of historical artifacts. The gift shop on site has unique souvenirs and tours are available.
The Wichita Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in all of Kansas. Established in 1935, it has a sterling collection of American art. The art collection of approximately 7,000 works spanning over three centuries includes sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts. It boasts works by illustrious artists like Mary Cassat, Winslow Homer, and many more. Established in 1935, the museum has a unique area known as The Living Room where visitors can try their hand at creating their own art. The museum also features a cafe and a store where gift items made by local artists are available.
Housed inside the Mid-America All-Indian Center, this museum showcases and exhibits Native American art and culture. The exhibits include traditional artifacts and contemporary art, both historic and contemporary from Native American tribes. The artists are some of the very best in Native American art. Along with the permanent exhibits, there are also temporary exhibits on various topics. Check the website for more information.
The mission at Exploration Place is to make learning about science fun and interesting for kids and adults alike. Exhibits are creative and interactive, like the Big Mouth, where you can walk up to a huge, anatomically correct replica of the human mouth and learn about teeth, gums, and good oral hygiene. There's plenty of rental space available here for meetings or a special event. In fact, kids love birthday parties here!
Dedicated to bridging the gap of understanding between cultures, the Kansas African American Museum is housed in the circa 1917 Calvary Baptist Church building, which is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Historical artifacts and exhibits tell "the story of the African American experience - past, present and future."
Kansas' official state firefighters' museum is housed in the historic Engine House No. 6, which is listed on the Kansas and National Registers of Historic Places. Items to see include a American LaFrance Metropolitan steam powered pumper purchased by the Wichita Fire Department in 1902, 1921 American LaFrance fire truck, 1909 horse drawn chemical and hose wagon, an 1880's Howe hand pumper, a 19th century hand drawn chemical extinguisher and hand drawn hose reel, fire helmets, uniforms, badges, caps, wooden water mains, hydrants, nozzles, alarms, leather buckets, extinguishers, ladders, toys, and fire related photographs, fire manuals and books. A memorial garden is located south of the museum.
The Great Plains Transportation Museum consists of two levels. Downstairs, at the gift shop, you'll be able to get t-shirts, collectibles, books, toys, and other items relating to transportation. Upstairs, the exhibits include railroad artifacts, signs, and other memorabilia. By far the most popular attraction is the collection of antique locomotives outside. Kids and adults can actually explore inside the locomotives, seeing all the controls and machinery. Employees are knowledgeable and will be able to answer your questions about the exhibits.
Established in 2001 by Lorna and Dr. John Kardatzke, the Museum of World Treasures is a non-profit organization, associated with American Alliance of Museums. It is known as one of the best global historical museums in Kansas. Take a trip to the three-story gallery, displaying realistic dinosaur models, ancient civilizations, Egyptian mummies, wars, prominent figures, and more. The Museum of World Treasures also hosts private events and meetings. What better place to host your theme wedding or birthday party?
The Allen-Lambe House was built in 1915 by the celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was one of the last Prairie style houses he designed. Originally designed for statesman Henry J. Allen and his wife, it was later sold to the Allen-Lambe House Foundation. The building is now a museum that conducts tours for visitors. Some of the best examples of Prairie style of architecture as well as Frank Lloyd's own distinct style of interior design can be see in this house. By his own admission, it was one of the best houses he designed. Check the website for more information about the tour.
The Ulrich Museum of Art was established in 1974 and is named after New York businessman Edwin A. Ulrich, who donated over 300 paintings by Frederick Judd Waugh to the museum. The museum has a striking appearance on the outside and houses two galleries. The Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection has over 70 statues. These include the works of eminent artists like Luis Jiménez, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson and others. The museum provides free guided tours.
The Kansas Aviation Museum provides a detailed, interesting information about Kansas aviation. You can stroll through and look at 40 aircrafts and engines or browse through the archive containing books, photographs and other artifacts and documents associated with aviation.