The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Downtown Wichita

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Nearly 70,000 artifacts including clothing and decorative arts trace the history of Wichita and Sedgwick County from 1865 to the present

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History museums instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with this Groupon.

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  • $4 for admission for two (up to an $8 value)
  • $8 for admission for four (up to a $16 value)
  • $15 for admission for up to eight (up to a $32 value)

One current special exhibit is the 80th-anniversary retrospective on the electric guitar, which displays 45 instruments, including the first modern electric guitar, a 1932 electro-patent-instruments (Rickenbacker) electric Spanish guitar (runs until Sunday, November 11).

Another exhibit, Furnishing the Atomic Era, uses furniture designs by figures such as Laverne, Eames, and Haywood-Wakefield to illustrate trends in the postwar economy (runs through the end of the year).

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

In 1919, discouraged that artifacts of Wichita and Sedgwick County were disappearing, the Sedgwick County Pioneer Society began collecting and displaying historical items in the Sedgwick County Courthouse. Nearly a century later, what began as a modest collection of early memorabilia has expanded to nearly 70,000 Sedgwick County and Wichita-related artifacts, which together trace the history of the region from 1865 to the present. Now housed in Wichita’s original, renovated City Hall, the collection’s photographs, clothing, decorative arts, and household items enrich award-winning exhibits that tell tale of the area’s Buffalo-hunting days, Great Depression–era dust storms, and aircraft industry.

The museum is also home to three re-created environments from the region’s past. The garage re-creation holds a 1916 Jones Six automobile, the only such Wichita-built vehicle on public exhibit, and the drug store reproduces the feel of the popular early 20th-century neighborhood gathering place. Over in the Wichita Cottage, seven rooms of a Victorian-style 19th-century home house authentic period items such as a wooden icebox, a gas-and-electric ceiling light fixture, and the earliest electric guitars.

Customer Reviews

Lived in Wichita all my life - Brings back memories of yesterday just as I remember them.
David L. · December 12, 2016
Great history on WICHITA. Would go again.
Christina S. · September 13, 2016
I took my 6 year old grandson and he was engaged throughout the museum. Great museum experience for us.
Linda R. · August 19, 2016
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    Downtown Wichita

    204 S Main St.

    Wichita, KS 67202


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