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Kansas Museum of History

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Address: 6425 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66615-1099
Phone Number: +1 785 272 8681
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The striking "White Buffalo" sculpture outside offers an inkling...

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.

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School visit

There was kids everywhere but it's very well kept and clean. The staff was very well-educated and nice

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Noemi B
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There was kids everywhere but it's very well kept and clean. The staff was very well-educated and nice

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very extensive display of Kansas history. It is presented well and is very interesting and informative of all aspects of the history of this region. The displays of the more modern times (1960's to now) seem a bit cluttered, but for baby-boomers some of the items are fun to see and remember. History overload, but very enjoyable!

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Thank Leonard N
Sarah G, Public Information Officer at Kansas Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you, Leonard for such a kind review. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Topeka, Kansas
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The facility is undergoing progressive changes in the display and housing of its animals, all for the better for people to view and the animals to live in friendly surroundings. Highlights include the elephants, lions, tigers, bears, mountain lions, rain forest display, and of course, my granddaughter's favorite, the bug display.

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Russell, Kansas, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Our state should be proud of this history museum. So many wonderful artifacts. Our state's history is told wonderfully in the displays. I especially enjoy the nostalgic displays that shows my children and grandchildren the decades that we have lived through. Those displays provide great inter-generational interaction and discussion. My grandson enjoyed the train (which I knew he would). All... More 

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Sarah G, Public Information Officer at Kansas Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review, LuAnn! We are so happy you and your family enjoyed the museum, and hope to see you again soon! More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This museum is well worth the visit. It has a lot of information about life in Kansas long ago and the Indians that used to live there as well.

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Thank wpcchick
Sarah G, Public Information Officer at Kansas Museum of History, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Nicely laid out smaller museum. Lots of information and really nice exhibits on life in Kansas long ago. There was a visiting exhibit on food there when we were there which was very interesting as well. Nice little walks around the outside land too.

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san jose, ca
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We visited the museum while we were in town visiting family. The museum is small but fits a lot into the displays. It was interesting but not exceptional.

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Oviedo, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

I'm torn about whether to give this a 3 or a 4 rating. I settled on 3, because, while I learned a lot about Kansas, I found it maddening to figure out exactly how to go around the museum and stick with a chronological timeline. For example, when I got to the Conestoga wagon, I had to look at the... More 

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Thank Kathy K
Sarah G, Public Information Officer at Kansas Museum of History, responded to this review

Kathy, Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We love hearing feedback and wanted to let you know that this is something our staff is aware of and hopes to provide a solution to soon. We are so glad you learned a lot about Kansas, and hope to see you back! -Sarah More 

Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

What a surprise! The displays here are amazingly clean and well-cited. We enjoyed the genuine 1913 plane on display and the train that the kids could walk through, as well as the featured display of Kansas heroes of WWI and WWII. There is a special interactive play area for the kids that is remarkably fun and inviting, as well as... More 

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Sarah G, Public Information Officer at Kansas Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words - we are so thrilled that you and your family enjoyed your time at the Kansas Museum of History! More 

Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

If you are from the Midwest , or are the least bit curious. This gives you a great introduction to the Plains. From Fulston points to a real life railroad Barons personal railroad car this is an excellent museum.

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