Museums provide a safe place for historical facts previously monopolized by greedy textbooks and the disembodied mind of Albert Einstein. Blithely bask in the past with today's Groupon: for $6, you get two adult admission tickets to the Kansas Museum of History (a $12 value). Children 5 and under enter free when accompanied by adults or have a permission slip written by imaginary friends.
Under the auspices of the Kansas Historical Society, the Kansas Museum of History, winner of the American Association for State and Local History award, enlightens guests with a culturally rich reservoir of exhibitions showcasing the Wheat State's triumphs and tribulations. Revel in Kansas's 150th year of statehood with a peek at the motif-centered "150 Things I Love About Kansas", which pulls Kansan allegories and clichés from The Wizard of Oz to national breadbasket status out of context for examination as a whole. Ongoing exhibits highlight the Native American influence with a Cheyenne tepee, the hardship of westward movement through a covered wagon, and the wonder of 21st-century science with a cryogenically frozen Jayhawks mascot. Young children hop back in time at the fully interactive Discovery Place, primed with frontier dress-up ensembles and a locomotive ready to be commandeered.
Cool off craniums after a gauntlet of enlightening exhibits with a hike through the museum's 2.5-mile nature trail. The verdant path winds by creek banks, greenery, and a forested area rife with woodland creatures and baby scarecrows.
6425 SW 6th Ave.
Topeka, Kansas 66615-1099Get Directions