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“A Nice Well Planned Educational Museum and Experience”

Kansas Museum of History
Ranked #6 of 54 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.
Reviewed September 24, 2013

While travelling through Kansas my wife and I had wanted to visit this museum as part of our genealogical research. While travelling on Interstate 70 east into Topeka, KS we took the Wanamaker Road (Exit 356) to SW 6th Ave (3rd exit). A very nice modern multi-building complex with plenty of parking sat a short distance down the road. The buildings included the "Kansas Center For Historical Research" as well as the "Kansas Museum of History". There was a cost of less than $20.00 for the two of us to enter the museum. A nice gift shop was located near the museum. The Museum of History turned out to be a wonderful experience. There were multiple rooms taking the visitors through different time periods of Kansas history. These early settlers were real pioneers. We soon realized how good we live our lives today. The museum would be a great way to spend an afternoon with children explaining how families lived early on. If we were to return to the area we would definitely revisit the museum.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Our family of 5 have a membership and absolutely love the Kansas Museum of History...Most displays are static but they have new and interesting "stuff" coming in all of the time that they rotate as visiting displays....Our highlight is probably the old coal fired train and depot. Its a short but full size train with with several cars...a couple of which you can walk through.

There are quiet a few displays with videos and various other interactions. Just a fun place to go use your imagination and learn about Kansas.

If you have small(er) children, there is kids play room with all kinds of things to do and costumes to share. There is also an outside play area for all kids to enjoy with plenty of grass and some table for a picnic. If its a hot day there is cafeteria area inside that is perfect to have your picnic or enjoy the vending machines.

The store is also very nice and great place to find Kansas themed gifts. It supports the mission of the museum and is great way to give back too.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

This was a great experince for myself and my granddaughter, we visited at the time there was a dinner for military from all over the world. What a great walk through time in Kansas!

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

A neat place to take a peace full walk around inside seeing the exhibits. My favorite is the old train which appears to be in "mint" condition - just outstanding. This is a well cared for facility and worth your time to visit.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

One of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the country. Although renovation is still in progress on the exterior, the interior is completed and is easily accessible. A good opportunity to view and learn about Kansas Regionalist painter and Kansas native John Steuart Curry, who created several of the murals. One note of caution - The capitol is located in the mid-town area of Topeka which also has the highest crime rate in the city. But during the daylight hours, especially Monday-Friday it is generally safe. The capitol has its own police department as well.

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