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Kansas Museum of History

6425 SW Sixth Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615
785-272-8681
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Ranked #2 of 21 attractions in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The striking "White Buffalo" sculpture outside offers an inkling of the interesting exhibits inside this museum, including a steam locomotive, a... more » Owner description: The striking "White Buffalo" sculpture outside offers an inkling of the interesting exhibits inside this museum, including a steam locomotive, a Southern Cheyenne teepee, one of the largest collections of prairie memorabilia in the U.S. and a hands-on children's area. « less
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Burlingame, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The train, my kids loved going into! They say that is their favorite part. I find it interesting to see there are so many walks of life exhibited within. There are also some nice trails on the property that are nice to walk on.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by our visit in Topeka. This was a great museum! Give yourself about 2-3 hours to get through it. I learned a lot about the state of Kansas and would definitely return when my kids are a little older. The main library I would suggest for kids 8 and up. There are interesting sections for kids... More

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McPherson
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

a nice overview of the history of Kansas. Would be good for a family outing, a scouting group, or class field trip.

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Topeka, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Houses a full size locomotive a couple of cars and a caboose. Also has the original Topeka McDonalds Golden arches. Free parking available right by the entrance. Small entrance fee.

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Florissant, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Very good selection of things to look at, very interesting and informative, would suggest for all ages.

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you really want to know the history of Kansas from the time of the Indians to present day, this is the place to go! Great displays and exhibits with interesting information. It even has a train inside the building where you can sit in a passenger car and imagine riding it in the olden days. It also has some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The museum makes a great stopover for visitors passing on I-70 or for local residents. Children love the wild west artifacts and play zone. Adults will appreciate the high quality presentation of objects and stories showing the changing life of Kansans in the 19th and 20th centuries. From an authentic tepee and buffalo robes to the Cyrus K. Holliday "Iron... More

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Saint Paul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Went here with my in-laws, my parents, and my 4 and 7 year olds and we all had a great time. My kids loved the real train you can play in, the kids area with Laura Ingalls Wilder dress up clothes, and the unique playground and trails to walk. I enjoyed building's architecture and gift shop and the 80s memorabilia.... More

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Shawnee, KS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Although we've been to Topeka maybe a few dozen times, we had never visited this museum till recently. The museum is divided into one small section for temporary exhibits and the larger permanent section. The current temporary exhibit features Kansas furniture. It's not a particularly remarkable exhibit, save for Lou Grant's desk, chair and clock from the MTM show. Those... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

As an easterner I had only a passing understanding of the history and development of the plains states. The Kansas Museum of History did a great job supplementing that basic understanding. Starting with the paleo age and tracing the migration of peoples in and out of the territory that would eventually become our 34th state, the exhibit provides insight into... More

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