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“Excellent museum covering the History of Kansas”

Kansas Museum of History
Ranked #5 of 52 things to do in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Texarkana, Texas
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639 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
“Excellent museum covering the History of Kansas”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

The Kansas Museum of History is located on the northwest edge of Topeka, just north of I-70. You take the exit for Wanamaker Road, exit 356 and go north. You soon encounter a roundabout. I made the mistake of going just 180 degrees around the roundabout, and continued north, which soon comes to a dead end on top of a hill. To reach the museum, I discovered, I needed to go 270 degrees around the roundabout, and head west for several blocks, past a movie theater, and down a hill to a winding road that eventually leads to the parking area of the museum. The museum is fairly new, and does an excellent job of presenting displays about each phase of history in Kansas. The most impressive display was an actual Santa Fe Railroad engine, built in 1880, with several passenger cars, inside the museum itself. How they got the steam engine inside the museum is a wonder, since there are no railroad tracks anywhere near the museum. I spent several hours here since there is a lot to see and learn. I would rate this museum among the top tourist attractions, not just in Topeka, but for the whole northeastern part of Kansas.

Visited July 2012
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Moundridge, Kansas
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“Poor lighting.”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

I really liked the history. It is thorough and well backed up by artifacts and diaries. It is just quite dark in the building if a persons eyesight is poor.

Visited July 2012
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Savannah, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 415 helpful votes
“If you're at all interested in history, spend a half day here”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

The Kansas Museum of History is truly amazing, with highly detailed exhibits that both inform and entertain -- heavy emphasis on inform. I grew up in Kansas, my wife has spent little time here, and we both were fascinated at the chronological characterization of daily life in the region. Minor issues: The layout sometimes invites confusion as to where one should go next, and some display signage is under-lit to the point of being unreadable (which the museum says is necessary to protect antiquities from light, but there are ways to deal with that). Minor issues aside, this is a wonderful and expansive place. Be prepared to spend hours.

Visited July 2012
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Ottawa, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Enjoyable and Educational”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

I try to get out to the kansas Museum of History every couple of years, because it really is a good museum. There are several spots in the museum that allow for interactive learning which is great especially when you have your children who are experiencing the museum. There is an area just off the main entrance that has many things for children to enjoy. Besides the opportunity to do some crafts, there are also period costumes that children can dress up in and items that can be handled and "played with" to help young learners learn.
There are also temporary displays that give the regular visitor a chance to see something new each time they come.
The negatives that I see to the museum are that it is a bit off the beaten path, so you have to want to get there. Also, there is a one room schoolhouse on the property, but it is a hike to get to, especially when escorting those with little feet!

Visited June 2012
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I were traveling from Minnesota to OKC for a wedding and stopped. The museum was far larger than I thought or the building suggests. We found it very interesting. I don't think our young children would have enjoyed it as much but well worth the stop.

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