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  • 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.
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    204 S Main St.
    Wichita, KS US
  • Museum of World Treasures
    At the Museum of World Treasures, a team of curators and historians gather artifacts from around the world to nourish the knowledge-hungry brains of families and students. Since opening in 2001, the diverse collection has grown to encompass three floors of the museum’s renovated warehouse location. Skeletons of dinosaurs loom over visitors in the fossil gallery, and an authentic Civil War cannon stands vigilant among the museum’s military exhibits, which span from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. A plethora of interactive and historical displays also allow visitors to witness original footage from the discovery of the Titanic and feel humbled in the presence of signatures from every American president, including those not yet born. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum members can capitalize on myriad benefits, including discounts on educational programs and invitations to special events.
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    835 E 1st St N
    Wichita, KS US
  • The Kansas Firefighters Museum
    In 1910, Engine House No. 6 boasted space to accommodate four firefighters, two horses, and a carriage, which was the best way to reach the scene of a fire quickly. By 1918, though, the horses had retired, giving up their stall space and beloved supply of carrots to a brand-new fire truck. The move was part of Wichita's initiative to become the first all-mechanized fire department in the nation. The neighborhood station served until 1953, when its half-a-century-old amenities proved too obsolete to serve the needs of modern firefighters. Still, the building represented an interesting slice of history, so in 1993, a group of local citizens and firefighters teamed up to restore the place and transform it into the Kansas Firefighters Museum. Today, the museum recounts the above story and tells other local firefighting tales through various exhibits. They also offer fire camps, which are designed to give youth a hands-on look into the daily life of a firefighter, with participation and activity discussions geared to help attendees determine if firefighting may be their profession of choice. The museum's staff of volunteers also pride themselves on creating a great firefighter calendar full of hunky men and women wearing hard hats or wielding hoses. Proceeds go to the Coats for Kids program, which provides coats for hundreds of children in Kansas each year.
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    1300 S Broadway St
    Wichita, KS US
  • The Wichita Center for the Arts
    Since 1920?when it was originally founded as the Wichita Art Association?The Wichita Center for the Arts has made art engaging and accessible to Wichita and the surrounding communities. These days, the 45,000-square-foot facility is a veritable breeding ground for all things creative, from improv to wheel-thrown pottery. Those who prefer to sip and learn can enroll in the center's informative wine classes, which illuminate regions, styles, and proper lingo for admitting you drank the entire bottle. Studio art classes range in concentration from oil painting to jewelry making, and are held throughout the year.
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    9112 E Central Ave
    Wichita, KS US
  • Mid-America All-Indian Center
    One of the most important aspects of fulfilling your civic duty is to learn the fascinating, and sometimes devastating, history of your country and its diverse people. The Mid-America All-Indian Center is the perfect place to learn about the history and heritage of the many different Native American Tribes of North America. MAAIC contains a museum, a large gathering space called the Gallery of Nations, and a gift shop; it also hosts weekly arts and crafts classes for children and adults, as well as regular community nights. The Gallery of Nations can also be rented for weddings and other events. There is something for people of all ages at the MAAIC--this is truly an important museum that no one in Wichita should miss.
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    650 North Seneca Street
    Wichita, KS US
  • Old Cowtown Museum
    Experience the rugged 1870s firsthand at the Old Cowtown Museum! Unlike other museums, guests at Cowtown learn by doing--you and the kids get to participate directly, so no one will be complaining of boredom! This lively cattle town features busy business and homes full of characters. You can pay a visit to the home of town's founder, Darius Munger, or take part in many other historical activities. There are also rotating special exhibits during the year at Cowtown, so you can always see something new. During your visit at Cowtown don’t miss your chance to ride in a horse-drawn stagecoach or wagon. Before you leave, drop into the Snitzler’s Saloon for a splendid sarsaparilla.
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    1871 N Sim Park
    Wichita, KS US

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