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Prairie Museum of Art & History

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Address: Colby, KS 67701
Phone Number: 913-462-4590
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Description: This complex features sod houses which are open for touring.
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Surprisingly Awesome trip back in time

If on your travels you are driving anywhere near Colby Kansas, make the effort, carve out just even two hours, though four might be better, and visit the Prairie Museum of Art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2014
Bruce L
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Milton, Canada
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Milton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

If on your travels you are driving anywhere near Colby Kansas, make the effort, carve out just even two hours, though four might be better, and visit the Prairie Museum of Art & History. Walk into the old buildings, the sod house is stunning, but all the buildings transport you to another time. And the mixture of artifacts inside the... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The surrounding community is so fortunate to have this outstanding collection of buildings and artifacts in this place. I saw pieces that the Smithsonian or Colonial Williamsburg would love to have. I grew up in a rural community in north central Kansas, and seeing some of the buildings was like a walk back through my childhood. The collections in the... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This place is an absolute gem! First of all, the outside features are like show-and-tell from 100 years ago. You can smell the history - and you can touch it. I rang an old church bell, called up Sarah on an old crank phone, gave an old record player a spin, pumped an old sewing machine and pumped an old... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I was surprised at the amount of items they had at this museum and they said only about 15% was on display. A lot of it was items that I had grown up with. (I'm 71). We were only there for a couple of hours but, one could spend the whole day there.

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Michigan
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107 reviews 107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We saw a sign for this museum on our way home from Colorado. We love museums so we stopped, and are so glad we did. There is so much history to see and read about. We stayed 2 hours, and I'm sure we could have stayed longer if we had time. It was only $6.00 each for us as seniors.

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Payson, Arizona
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54 reviews 54 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

While the farm buildings and displays describing farm life are interesting, the true treasures are inside. The collection includes the life's work of one woman who donated everything to this museum. It includes: dolls, furniture, glass, ceramics, vintage fashion and uniforms, jewelry, and just about any other category of antique and collectable. The exhibition is very well organized, and fascinating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Previous visitors have said it all. We took the time to stop on our way from Estes park, CO to Salina, KS and are glad we did. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for about an hour then were on our way again. The cost was $6 each for seniors.

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Frisco, Colorado
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140 reviews 140 reviews
64 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

What a surprise ... this museum is an unexpected jewel. Incredible collections of all varieties: military uniforms, world-wide crystal, glass, pottery, toys, dolls, farming implements, etc, etc. Worthy of the Smithsonian. Also on site: one-room schoolhouse, one-room sod house, historic church, huge restored barn. Great educational opportunities from pre-school to Senior citizens.

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Boulder, CO
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

This museum complex is a great place to stop on your way through western Kansas. The barn is pretty impressive, and the other buildings really make you feel like you've stepped into a previous century. One building really feels like you've walked into someone's current living room -- it even smells like someone's grandmother might still live there. They went... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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36 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Ok, Colby is a small town, in the middle of nowhere, in the western part of Kansas. This museum is something I would have expected to see in a major city. The outdoor buildings were interesting, a sod house, an old schoolhouse, a home, a church, the most amazing barn (that is a whole story in itself, the biggest barn... More 

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