Mid-America All-Indian Center

Mid-America All-Indian Center, Wichita: Hours, Address, Mid-America All-Indian Center Reviews: 4/5

Mid-America All-Indian Center

Mid-America All-Indian Center
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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
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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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Scott077
Saint Louis, MO28 contributions
I really enjoyed this. They had an exhibit on Blackbear Bosin, the creator of the Keeper of the Plains. Another exhibit on Native Americans working in aviation. Everyone was super friendly even providing pointers on checking genealogy. We also met a lady who showed us another exhibit about Native American dances and made a restaurant recommendation. I highly recommend you visit here before viewing the Keeper of the Plains. They also had a nice gift shop with some lovely prints of Mr. Bosin's works.
Written June 21, 2021
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hsbvim
Dublin, OH1,194 contributions
From the exterior of the building, we had high expectations for the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Unfortunately, most of the building is not for the museum. It is a rather small display.

The museum did a fine job of explaining why so many native Americans came to the Wichita area and how they got involved in the aircraft industry. It also has an impressive display of the art of Wichitan and Native American artist Blackbear Bosin. Indeed, his display probably occupies one-third of the museum!

There was a small section on what culturally inappropriate things have been done through the years with native American dress and customs, but I thought that section should have been much more extensive. The displays of artifacts, handiwork and clothing were disappointing. You could spend over an hour there, if you are willing to read every placard. Otherwise, an hour is sufficient for a visit.
Written March 3, 2020
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Autobob
OZ99 contributions
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, TX193 contributions
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
Roeland Park, Kansas37 contributions
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, NY45 contributions
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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, OK89 contributions
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
Ks49 contributions
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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mdworley
Tucson, AZ15 contributions
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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Emma W
Salina, KS1 contribution
Family
This museum is tiny and at $7 each for entry it is quite a disappointment. There is some interesting art work and kids get to bang drums in the interactive area but it really is not worth a visit at the price of admission. By contrast, the Boothill museum in Dodge City and the Nelson Atkins Art Museum have much better offerings and neither are specifically focused on Indian Heritage. On a plus note, the staff are very nice.
Written May 26, 2015
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