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Old Cowtown Museum

1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203-3295
+1 316-350-3323
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It’s interesting

This was an interesting stop but we were a little disappointed in the end. We saw the reviews and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
peace300
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Brimfield, Illinois
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Fun for all

Halloween time is especially fun for all ages. The staff dressed in costumes. Great job on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lilstacy77
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Wichita, Kansas
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gun fight” (21 reviews)
“old west” (38 reviews)
“living history” (11 reviews)
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1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203-3295
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+1 316-350-3323
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an interesting stop but we were a little disappointed in the end. We saw the reviews and were looking for things to do in Kansas on our way to Colorado. This looked cool so we drove 2 hours out of our way to...More

1  Thank peace300
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Halloween time is especially fun for all ages. The staff dressed in costumes. Great job on decorating the whole place for Halloween. The gun show was my favorite.

Thank lilstacy77
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

old cowntown was interesting place to see. gives you a good idea what the old west looked liked. went on friday afternoon not many people walking around so you really check out the buildings. reading the history most were original not modern reconstruction. first stop...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here during River Fest hoping it would be maybe not as busy and it wasn't. I felt like we had the whole place almost to ourselves which was great for us, maybe not so great for Cowtown but my kid LOVED it. The...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were a little doubtful when we pulled in, but as soon as we got inside we were all amazed. It feels like we were going back in time. The "real" gun fight was my children's favorite part!

2  Thank photoshop101
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Reviewed June 5, 2018

We spent a few hours here and really enjoyed talking with the workers. What a great place to see history come to life. Loved the gun show!

Thank R-Cabin
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

it was a great step back in time to see wichita and some of the original buildings. It was nice to have people dressed up and know historical accurate information about wichita in the 1800's.

Thank Logan D
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Reviewed May 20, 2018

This place is a great gateway for kids to start the wagon train moving in their understanding of our western states. I love Cowtown! A great place to take kids of all ages, giving them a real glance at the life of the plainsman. Don't...More

Thank Shanna M
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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

I discovered the Cowtown museum a year ago and vowed to return. I was blessed to see it again this year on our annual visit to Wichita. It is a beautiful historic old west town which features actual period buildings which includes but is not...More

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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Great place to spur the imagination about how life was lived in times past. Lots to see and the Sarsparilla was great!

Thank Lynn W
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slabot
June 3, 2018|
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Response from RonB4610 | Reviewed this property |
I was there for a special dinner and the place was otherwise closed but there are numerous buildings to walk through. It is an old time West Town. I would guess there are staff there to answer questions. I would say 1-2... More
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kayliepark2
February 11, 2018|
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Response from USIN0Z | Reviewed this property |
Try Wikipedia on Cowtown. They have a pretty good write up on it. The answer prior to mine is correct though.
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cbmatthes
May 14, 2015|
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Response from USIN0Z | Reviewed this property |
Winter Season (Nov 1 - Apr 1) Monday: CLOSED Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: CLOSED Last admission at 4pm
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