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Old Cowtown Museum

1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203-3295
+1 316-350-3323
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A step back in time

The Old Cowtown museum is a collection of historical buildings that have been brought into the area... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pam W
Not really worth the wait

When I was growing up in Wichita, I pestered my parents constantly to bring me here. They never... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tacoma, Washington
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Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum that recreates Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865 to 1880. Museum staff dress in period costume and demonstrate everyday activities including, gardening, tending livestock and cooking. Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works with the City of Wichita to further the Museum and its mission. Established in 1952, Cowtown's unique programming chronicles Wichita's transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town to an agricultural and manufacturing area. The Museum has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures they continue to uphold public trust. Only 3 percent of the nation's estimated 34,144 museums are accredited.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“old west” (29 reviews)
“re enactors” (8 reviews)
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1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203-3295
+1 316-350-3323
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Old Cowtown museum is a collection of historical buildings that have been brought into the area in a rough assembly that resembles a late 1800's township. Some of the buildings are as old as 1850 and others were built after 1900. But all are...More

2  Thank Pam W
Reviewed 6 days ago

When I was growing up in Wichita, I pestered my parents constantly to bring me here. They never did, and I left home without having seen it. 40+ years later, I finally got here. It wasn't worth a lifetime of waiting. The buildings were great,...More

Thank shop99er
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was quite a unique, fun, difference experience. I loved how the museum is like a small town with all the time pieces in place. We had a wonderful time!

Thank Narsha H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I liked this place. There was an assortment of old buildings replicating an old Western town. The Saloon offers snacks and drinks (Sasparilla). Recommend comfortable walking shoes and bottled water during the trip inside. Part of the exhibit was under construction, so they only charged...More

Thank Larry W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited several living history museums with some better than others. I would rate this one average for that genre. There is an interesting collection of buildings to view and enter. The gunfight was entertaining. If you go during the summer I would suggest...More

Thank journalmytrips
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a history-buff, this place was GREAT! They moved all these old buildings back in the 1950s/1960s to this area and restored them. You can go inside each building and wander around (which could be bad for those with younger kids). For a limited time,...More

Thank wendyquest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hard to complain when something was free, but this attraction could have been a lot more entertaining. The old buildings and stores were interesting, but if all the characters walking around town were actually stationed in the various shops with knowledge of how they were...More

Thank rpatterson7447
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let me say that we were there during a special event. This *may* have taken away from the reenactments/actors roaming around telling their accounts. There were also vendors selling items (jewelry,oils) in some of the buildings that took away from the overall feel. The town...More

1  Thank KarMar11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Foir adults and three children jad a great time seeing the animals, the buildings showing how people lived over one hundred years ago, and the gunfight.

Thank Beth B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place, many years ago, I was even a reenactor. Little did I know what you had to do to become a reenactor. You must have not only the desire to want to "Live" in the 1800's but you had to study the...More

Thank Robert C
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What is the cost?
8 May 2015|
Response from bookaholic1970 | Reviewed this property |
$7.75 for adults and $5.50 for children
How much does it cost?
8 May 2015|
Response from Tuomas H | Reviewed this property |
Regular Museum Admission $7.75 - Adults (18 to 61) $6.50 - Senior Citizens (62 and older) $6.00 - Youth (12 to 17) $5.50 - Children (5 to 11) No charge for children 4 and under and Old Cowtown Museum members Tax is not... More