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“Want to go back!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Old Cowtown Museum

Old Cowtown Museum
Ranked #5 of 74 things to do in Wichita
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum that recreates Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865 to 1880. Museum staff dress in period costume and demonstrate everyday activities including, gardening, tending livestock and cooking. Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works with the City of Wichita to further the Museum and its mission. Established in 1952, Cowtown's unique programming chronicles Wichita's transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town to an agricultural and manufacturing area. The Museum has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures they continue to uphold public trust. Only 3 percent of the nation's estimated 34,144 museums are accredited.
Lansing, Kansas, United States
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Want to go back!!”
Reviewed September 2, 2014

Want to escape to the Wild West? This is the perfect place! We had such a great time talking about the way things use to be and wondered what it would be like to live when things where simpler (without technology). The kids enjoyed exploring all the buildings and houses. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We definitely will go back there again!!

Visited August 2014
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Fair Grove, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Polly Reunion”
Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nice displays, actors visited with crowd, air conditioned displays, adequate parking, easy walking facility.

Visited August 2014
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Parsippany, New Jersey
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“A Bunch of Old Buildings”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

Neat to see the old buildings, but you walk by them, pass into them quickly, then go on your way. Not too many "characters" on my visit, just the blacksmith and a bad guy who helped a birthday party rob the bank. Gives you a good glimpse of what the old buildings look like and it's good that they are original. I did not linger at any buildings so I was in and out pretty fast.

Visited August 2014
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Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good family place”
Reviewed August 16, 2014

All things including the buildings are original to the time. Gives people and kids a good view and feel what life was like in those times. I would like to see them add more and step it up a notch, but well worth the visit.

Visited March 2014
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nc
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“It was okay. I thought it could have used a little more gift shops with old cowboys stuff.”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

Interesting, but wouldn't go again.Had a cookout cowboys dinner. That was okay, but now that I had it, I could have passed it up and felt fine.
Buildings were very interesting, but I have been to Lincoln town and Williamsburg. Found them to be more interesting.

Visited August 2014
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