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Kansas Museum of History

6425 SW Sixth Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615
785-272-8681
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Ranked #3 of 22 attractions in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It was full of Kansas history as well as Oregon Trail information. We had people ranging from 9-70 and all loved it. Really great job putting the musuem together

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Overland Park, Ks
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This museum features a remarkable array of subjects such as geology and Native American tribes and dwellings, transportation, Santa Fe Trail pioneers, civil war battles and generals, the dust bowl and even the 50s. I recommend about two hours inside the museum. The museum does not shy away from large items. Displays feature an actual-sized covered wagon, teepee, windmill, passenger... More

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Kansas City, MO
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

For me it was just… OK. Nothing against the facility, I guess this just wasn’t my kind of museum. There were a lot of exhibits and a lot of reading, but I didn’t find it interesting. It was super quiet, stagnant and lacked dynamics. Nothing made me excited about what might be around the next corner. The museum may be... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Kansas Museum of History is full of all kinds of interesting pieces of Kansas History. From the original native americans on into the 1980s, there is a little bit of something for everyone. My only complaint is that due to the open concept of the museum, it's difficult at times to know where to go next. We jumped from... More

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Punta Allen, Mexico
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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

That was a surprises! Rawhide horseshoes and wooden saddles with rawhide lining! The great thing about this museum is that it does such a fine job of depicting history unique to KANSAS. Hint, the senior discount price does not seem to be displayed, so ask for it if you are eligible.

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McPherson, Kansas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This is a neat place with a chronological order to it from the prehistoric Indians to the 1980s. Took a couple hours to go through...admission price was reasonable at $8 for adults. I love history, but the kind of place I could go once every 10 years to see what's changed.

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Topeka, KS
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178 attraction reviews
315 helpful votes 315 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We took a small group of adults and teens here as the last stop of a quick tour of Topeka. The staff were super friendly and helped give us some ideas of things to see. There was a large group of middleschoolers there, as well, and they seemed to be working on a historical scavenger hunt of some sort. There... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

This museum experience is a positive one even if you aren't very familiar with Kansas history, but it is all the more powerful if you are. The "Bloody Kansas" period prior to the Civil War is represented with important artifacts, such as John Brown's Pike and a cannon used in defense of Lawrence KS when pro-slavery Quantrill led his raiders... More

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Burlingame, Kansas
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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