The history of Wichita (
) began nearly ten thousand years ago with the first Native American settlers in the area. Throughout its long life, the area has gone through a number of transformations, making it a place rich with a variety of experiences. Many of these are revived and commemorated in the museums of the area. Some of the best Wichita museums to visit during a vacation in the area are:
- Exploration Place (
) is a complex with multiple museums as well as an outdoor living museum environment. Good for all ages, this is an educational museum with interactive exhibits.
- Frank Lloyd Wright Allen Lambe House (
http://home.onemain.com/~allenlam/) is a historic home highlighting the architectural achievements of the famous home designer.
- Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (
http://www.kshof.org/) is enjoyable for fans of all sports.
- Museum of World Treasures (
) is a museum complex which offers a little bit of something for everyone, with art displays, historical information from various periods and a restored castle enjoyed by all ages.
- Old Cowtown Museum (
) is a living museum where visitors can go to see re-enactments of the old way of life in the area, focusing on the history of the area in the late nineteenth century.
- Wichita Art Musuem (
) houses paintings from a range of famous American painters.
- Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum (http://wichitahistory.org) is a very well done and inexpensive ($4) museum. The exhibits are topical to the Wichita area but cover things like the aircraft industry, the oil industry, the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. The recreated garage with a 1916 Jones Six automobile and the 1890s "cottage", a Victorian house totally complete with furnishings and fixtures, etc. of the period are especially interesting.