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Kansas Museum of History

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Address: 6425 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66615
Phone Number: 17852728681
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The striking "White Buffalo" sculpture outside offers an inkling...

The striking "White Buffalo" sculpture outside offers an inkling of the interesting exhibits inside this museum, including a steam locomotive, a Southern Cheyenne teepee, one of the largest collections of prairie memorabilia in the U.S. and a hands-on children's area.

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Great for families

What a surprise! The displays here are amazingly clean and well-cited. We enjoyed the genuine 1913 plane on display and the train that the kids could walk through, as well as the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
kwobo
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Portland, OR
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san jose, ca
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the museum while we were in town visiting family. The museum is small but fits a lot into the displays. It was interesting but not exceptional.

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Oviedo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm torn about whether to give this a 3 or a 4 rating. I settled on 3, because, while I learned a lot about Kansas, I found it maddening to figure out exactly how to go around the museum and stick with a chronological timeline. For example, when I got to the Conestoga wagon, I had to look at the... More 

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Sarah G, Public Information Officer at Kansas Museum of History, responded to this review

Kathy, Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We love hearing feedback and wanted to let you know that this is something our staff is aware of and hopes to provide a solution to soon. We are so glad you learned a lot about Kansas, and hope to see you back! -Sarah More 

Portland, OR
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a surprise! The displays here are amazingly clean and well-cited. We enjoyed the genuine 1913 plane on display and the train that the kids could walk through, as well as the featured display of Kansas heroes of WWI and WWII. There is a special interactive play area for the kids that is remarkably fun and inviting, as well as... More 

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Sarah G, Public Information Officer at Kansas Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words - we are so thrilled that you and your family enjoyed your time at the Kansas Museum of History! More 

Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are from the Midwest , or are the least bit curious. This gives you a great introduction to the Plains. From Fulston points to a real life railroad Barons personal railroad car this is an excellent museum.

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LEAVENWORTH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just returned from visiting the State Historical Society Museum again. The current exhibit is very interesting and tells the military story of Colonel Hughes from Topeka. He served in the chase for Pancho Villa in Mexico, in WWI and WWII. He was a prisoner of war in several Japanese prison camps and finally released at the very end of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was nicely laid out, informative and a joy to tour. The children's area was great. The children we saw playing in the area seemed to be having a great time. Enjoyed our visit.

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Thank CALandry
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Never know what you will get from some state museums but this one was one of the better ones. They did a good job of having the history and interesting exhibits also. I'd say plan for 1-2 hours depending on how much you read and/or how much kids stay intrigued.

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Thank Keith T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We visited this museum on a recent weekend and very much enjoyed it. It flows well as it circles around, taking one through eras of the early indigenous inhabitants through to the recent past. It gives one a great sense of the development of the area and cultures that inhabited it. The exhibits are well laid out and we were... More 

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Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We have visited this museum on several occasions. Love the fluid layout of the museum. Lots of variety of artifacts. Great history of the area.

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Cersco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

A great place to learn some history and see some very unique items including a great steam locomotive. Lots ofKansas history and some great antiques on display. Well displayed in good lighting.

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