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Old Cowtown Museum

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Address: 1865 W. Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203
Phone Number: +1 316-350-3323
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum...

Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum that recreates Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865 to 1880. Museum staff dress in period costume and demonstrate everyday activities including, gardening, tending livestock and cooking.

Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works with the City of Wichita to further the Museum and its mission. Established in 1952, Cowtown's unique programming chronicles Wichita's transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town to an agricultural and manufacturing area. The Museum has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures they continue to uphold public trust. Only 3 percent of the nation's estimated 34,144 museums are accredited.

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Old West at it's best.

Lots of history and historical buildings from the beginnings of Wichita. Restaurant, gift shop, main street with businesses. Saloon to get your sarsaparilla.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Wichita, Kansas
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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of history and historical buildings from the beginnings of Wichita. Restaurant, gift shop, main street with businesses. Saloon to get your sarsaparilla.

Thank Sarah14767
Ellicott City, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Probably not the best choice for a scorching hot day (102 degrees today.) The gun show in the street was slap stick. Thank goodness that many of the old buildings were air conditioned. The docents seemed to be hot and bored, too. I felt like I had to pull out information from them in some of the buildings. It was... More 

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice place to visit. Very reasonable cost. We took our 4 and 8 year old grandchildren but turns out they are a little young to appreciate the history and surroundings. They did really enjoy the gunfight though. Would have loved for them to be able to get closer to the animals, but do understand the legalistic reasoning behind them... More 

Thank Mary L
Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit for the historical side of things. The gun fights are good, maybe a little over the top on the acting. They do need to post rules to observe during the gunfights and have things blocked off adequately instead of being short with the patrons when directing them where to walk and not walk,... More 

Thank Mike W
Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took family from out of state here and enjoyed a fun photo shoot, an old fashioned "gun fight" and seeing lots of history from the old days in Wichita. Many of the buildings are air conditioned and now they have a building with a video giving the history of the Wichita area. Great way to spend a few hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place love the people the shows and history. More than expected and military oriented. Would go again and recommend

Thank Timothy K
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit to the Old Cow Town. Extremely authentic - people in period dress, soda for sale in the saloon, and a gun fight on main street. Super fun - glad we swung off the highway to tour - all buildings but one are authentic - staff extremely personable and friendly.

Thank thelaufenbergs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really nice attraction. Had a great time. I went with my husband and two grown sons. We all had a good time. My youngest son is in the military, so we all got in free (which was really nice), but it is worth the normal admission price. If you enjoy history, you should enjoy this.

Thank Dawn Y
Solomon, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite authentic. Much better than what is in Dodge City or Abilene. Great for dates or family outings.

Thank John M
Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an outdoor museum which recreates Wichita in the 1800's. Plenty to do and lots to see. The boys really enjoyed it too. If you have a half day in Wichita, this is a good way to spend it.

Thank Sid H

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