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Kansas Museum of History

Address: 6425 SW Sixth Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615
Phone Number: 785-272-8681
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The striking "White Buffalo" sculpture outside offers an inkling of the interesting exhibits inside...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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.

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Fort Riley, Kansas
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137 reviews 137 reviews
55 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful museum. However, it must be noted that this is not a children's museum, as in very young children. I mention this only because a previous trip advisor contributor commented that the six-year-old accompanying them was bored. I was impressed that at the entrance they had a board with literature and various pamphlets to be used for... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I'm not sure what I was expecting with this museum, but it definitely exceeded what I thought I was going to see! This museum is amazing. I loved the train exhibit...they have a full sized steam engine that you can go into and on the other side is set up like a train station with displays behind the glass...its really... More 

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Topeka, Kansas, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Lots of neat Kansas History exhibits. The layout flows well, and the place is well-staffed with knowledgeable people who can add something to the basic understanding of the individual things on display. You won't be disappointed.

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Topeka, Kansas
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great collection of important historical state artifacts displayed in easy to understand and follow developments from settlement to current conditions.

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Kansas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Our grandkids have grown up with visits to the Kansas Museum of history. From the old locomotive that's inside the building that the kids can climb to the displays of the decades of social history are all very interesting! Our kids particularly love that dress up center or the old fashion country store the Teepee that they can play inside... More 

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Bad Homburg, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Wow! I have been to quite some places in Kansas - but never knew it had THAT much to offer! This museum is excellent. It shows a lot of detailed information about the history of the state - and had a special exhibition about the civil war - and these special exhibitions change ever so often. Since I am not... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been to this museum many times in the past and always find it enjoyable when I return. I look forward to the exhibits that I've enjoyed and anticipate the new and/or updated exhibits. The docents are there for any questions you may have, whether you're part of a tour or not. This is a "close up and personal"... More 

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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Sunday afternoon is a great time to take kids to this excellent museum. The displays tell the history of Kansas in chronological order from the Native Americans to the 1980s. The biggest hit with my nine-year-old grandson was climbing on the passenger train. He and I also watched an eighteen-minute video on recent Kansas history, and he was delighted to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I enjoy going to the museum and my kids love it. The only con for me is, everything is the same as it was 20 years ago. I remember visiting the museum w He. I would visit Topeka on vacation from California ....when I moved to KANSAS the museum was still the same. And now I have kids and it's... More 

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New York City, New York
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285 attraction reviews
397 helpful votes 397 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Another excellent historical museum, this one particularly good at presentation: instead of the usual dusty artifacts, their collection is neatly organized behind glass, but with special non-reflective lighting, which a)allows for photos; b)makes it look like there is nothing between you and the exhibit you are watching. The first locomotive built for the famous Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe RR... More 

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