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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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Kansas Should Be Proud of this Museum

Our state should be proud of this history museum. So many wonderful artifacts. Our state's history is told wonderfully in the displays. I especially enjoy the nostalgic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
LuAnn W
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Russell, Kansas, United States
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Russell, Kansas, United States
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our state should be proud of this history museum. So many wonderful artifacts. Our state's history is told wonderfully in the displays. I especially enjoy the nostalgic displays that shows my children and grandchildren the decades that we have lived through. Those displays provide great inter-generational interaction and discussion. My grandson enjoyed the train (which I knew he would). All... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is well worth the visit. It has a lot of information about life in Kansas long ago and the Indians that used to live there as well.

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nicely laid out smaller museum. Lots of information and really nice exhibits on life in Kansas long ago. There was a visiting exhibit on food there when we were there which was very interesting as well. Nice little walks around the outside land too.

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san jose, ca
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

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 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

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 August 9, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

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 July 27, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
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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