Mid-America All-Indian Center

Mid-America All-Indian Center

Mid-America All-Indian Center
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Mid-America All-Indian Center is the only facility of its kind in Kansas that is solely dedicated to educating people about and preserving the art and culture of American Indians. The Indian Center invites visitors to stroll through its many areas that include: A museum with exhibits of contemporary art and cultural artifacts that depict the American Indian nations of the past and present. Many of the exhibits have interactive aspects and hands on items for the kids. Seasonal outdoor learning center, which include a full-size tipi and native gardening area. Gift Shop selling American Indian-made items, music, movies, jewelry and Keeper of the Plains items. Large indoor area, known as the Gallery of Nations, contains nearly 100 flags of Indian nations. It is the area where special events and private rentals take place. The center not only showcases local tribes, but those throughout the United States and Canada. It is not affiliated with one particular tribe, so the Mid-America All-Indian Center is a place where are American Indians and the general public can come to share their experiences, learn and interact with each other. There are 10,000 American Indians representing 73 tribes in the Wichita area.
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Cathy
Cincinnati, OH8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a must see if you are in Wichita. It only takes about an hour to see everything, and it is worth it. Some beautiful art by a Native artist, reading area for kids, videos on weaving. End with a visit to the mammoth sculpture Keeper of the Plains.
Written November 16, 2023
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Kathy S
Midland, Tx69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We visited this museum a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. There's so much to look at and lots of information about the Indian history in the Wichita area. There's quite a few relics to look at, and the thing that amazes is the bead work on clothing and shoes. That takes a lot of time and effort. We then went over to the Keeper of the Plains and walked around. It's a beautiful sculpture and the area is well kept. The locals use the area for walking and jogging, and I don't blame them. If I lived here I would too.
Written June 5, 2023
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Autobob
OZ100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Friends
The Native American history has been forgotten by many. The local Powwow here is sometimes inside and other times outside. They have large drum circles, dances in original dress and lots of art venders. Good people paying tribute to their ancestors and heritage. Well worth checking out and supporting for young and old alike.
Written June 15, 2011
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Lauri M
Allen, TX216 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
We visited here today, and we all agreed, it wasn’t worth the price of admission. There is mostly artwork with a few artifacts thrown in (mainly moccasins). I would not recommend this place unless you are either bored or you absolutely must see Native American paintings. It took all of about 15-20 minutes to see all there was to see.
Written October 9, 2019
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SarahVier81
Augusta, GA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
My son, father and I stopped here while driving through Wichita. And we all loved it. We loved seeing the real Totem Pole, and all of the beautiful gowns there. He loved going through their small, but lovely museum. The only thing that truly surprised me was the rude service we received. NO ONE speaks to you as you're looking around, and even when we asked to go into the museum the woman behind the desk was very rude and did not seem interested in letting us in really. Would not go back because of it...such a shame.
Written June 30, 2014
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Dale K
Avon, NY44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
I walked to the All-Indian Center from Old Town one Thursday afternoon in late October while my wife was in Witchita on business. Perhaps I read the wrong reviews, but I was expecting that the actual Indian Center building /museum would be open for viewing of information relating to indigenous cultures. Instead, I found it locked up tight with no sign of activity, and no hours posted. I am still not sure whether the Center has any regular hours, or if it is only open for special seasonal events. Best to call ahead if this is on your must-see list. Otherwise, the main attraction here is the impressive large metal "Keeper of the Plain" sculpture at the very point of the two intersecting branches of the Arkansas River. The sculpture is surrounded by a ring of fire in the evening -check the web site for hours.
Written November 3, 2013
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hdcrew
Yukon, OK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013
We loved the huge indian. The park area is very nice. We liked how it over looked the river. You should definitely walk around here.
Written September 1, 2013
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Tonja W
Ks46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
The mid-American All-Indian center is a beautiful place to visit. The lighting of the flames at dark are absolutely beautiful. A must see for everyone.
Written August 8, 2013
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Richard S
Swindon45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
A bit disappointing as they didn’t have a lot of exhibits or history of the Plain Indians. What they had was interesting though. It was mostly art work by Bigbear Boisin which was impressive. Building and grounds seem to be mostly used as a meeting place, which would be very worth while. The gift shop was small. They could make more of it.

Written July 2, 2019
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mdworley
Tucson, AZ16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Kansa, Omaha, Wichita. My wife and I enjoyed our mid-May visit to Wichita's 'Mid-America, All-Indian Center' on rainy Wednesday morning. The MAAIC is many things: it is the city's attempt to understand and recall the Native American peoples that once lived in Kansas and gave their names not only to the State but many of its towns and cities. It's indoor arena is a gathering place for Native Americans to assemble together, dance, remember their history, and celebrate their culture. It is a center where the works of sculptor Blackbear Bosin are recalled, and a quiet memorial to Native American's like the Navajo and Shoshone.
We were very pleased with the well-lighted MAAIC exhibits; the interactive, hands-on opportunities for Wichita school children to experience some of the NA art and tools. The CD regarding Blackbear Bosin's life is well worth listening to and purchasing.

However the map behind the reception desk is the only mention of the local Native Americans whose home the Center sits on. My wife is Kansa, and when I asked the receptionist she told us there was no exhibit of 'The Wind People', nor the Osage or Wichita from which they came. We hope that the museum trustees plan sometime to acknowledge these important people and their culture.

We both highly recommend a visit to the MAAIC, especially on rainy days, when the sky is dark, and the weather and sounds of the fast-flowing Arkansas River clear the air of the sounds of big city that has grown up around the Center.
Written May 25, 2019
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