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Kansas Museum of History

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Informative AND Entertaining

A building with a unique architectural design located on restful and pastoral grounds beckons you... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2018
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Friendly and Inviting!

My daughter and I enjoyed our visit to this lovely museum. The displays were all well done and... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Laura S
Houston, Texas
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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...more
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6425 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66615-1099
+1 785-272-8681
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Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

A building with a unique architectural design located on restful and pastoral grounds beckons you as you drive up. A striking sculpture of a native American hunter further heightens the excitement. Inside the Museum (and neighboring Archives), visitors will learn about the interesting and remarkable...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I enjoyed our visit to this lovely museum. The displays were all well done and interesting. We especially enjoyed the train! Allow at least two hours to see everything.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Laura S
Reviewed September 4, 2018

The Kansas Museum of History is located toward the west side of Topeka. It contains exhibits spanning the time of pre-history (think caveman) to the modern day. As Kansas was part of the frontier in the 1800s, many exhibits focus on the pioneer life in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 1, 2018

We so enjoyed your museum. Lots to see and learn about. The train is fantastic. So many wonders to see and hear about. The Hughes exhibit was something to see,.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Penny F
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

It doesn’t look too big on the outside but this is a very well laid out museum packed with information (and an original steam train!). They do a nice job covering the history from a (brief) mention of early humans through to the Native American...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 50in50
Reviewed August 6, 2018

This is one of the best state history museums we’ve been to! There is a real train that you can walk through, which kids will love. We especially enjoyed a special exhibit of the life of a Kansan, Colonel Hughes, that served our country in...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 160beverlys
Reviewed July 26, 2018

If you like history museums, this is a very good one. It tells the story of human habitation of Kansas from the end of the last Ice Age up to the present day. Of particular interest are the depictions of the clash of cultures between...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Paul S
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Excellent displays of artifacts showing historical periods from Kansas history. Steam engine and train car are highlights of displays inside museum. Stone school house on grounds. Periodic exhibitions are added features to fixed displays and exhibits.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank lj3efird
Reviewed July 9, 2018

The museum has rotating displays as well as permanent ones. I have been several times and see something new each time. I especially like to see the traveling pieces. One was on a WWI POW from Topeka who was able to keep some of the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Peggy S
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Very interesting displays for young and old. Area for young children to be hands on. Informed curators. Very educational

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Lee E
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September 25, 2018|
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Response from Jim G | Reviewed this property |
I imagine that the outside nature areas are but I do not know about the inside museum.
Maudie A
March 15, 2018|
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Response from Sarah G | Property representative |
Hi Maudie, Our admission rates are $10 per adult and $5 per child. Thanks, we hope to see you at the museum soon!
Roberta S
August 20, 2016|
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Response from Sarah G | Property representative |
Hi Roberta, Our hours are Tuesday-Saturday: 9-5 and Sundays: 1-5. Cost to visit our Museum are $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $7 for Military, $6 for students, and Children 5 and under are FREE! So sorry for the delay... More
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Things to see off I-70 and Routes 400 and 156 (7 Replies)
We're taking a cross country trip and we'll be coming through Kansas both westbound and eastbound. Kansas will be the last of the 'lower 48' states we've visited! We love to stop and see interesting things along the route as time permits. We're stopping at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka already. But is there any 'shouldn't miss' roadside attractions we should be looking for? Westbound we're going from Kansas City to Limon, CO via I-70. Eastbound we're coming from La Junta, CO to...More
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Response fromluv-to-travel-NH|
Thanks for your suggestions...you must know my husband...he LOVES visiting cemetaries when we travel. In addition to the beauty some have - looking at the names on the gravestones is like seeing a history of the area. I love folk art so I'll be checking out Lucas. Thanks again.