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Throughout the Sunflower State are hundreds of museums and historic sites, the vast majority of which are run by local historic societies. In addition to these many small museums and memorials, the Kansas Historical Society administers 16 state-owned historic sites, in addition to the sites in Topeka, the Kansas' state capitol.

 

Within these many sites you will find local history, as well as general information on the State of Kansas, westward expansion, Native Americans, and much more.

 

 

 

Kansas State Capitol in Topeka

State capitol, Topeka, Kansas vintage postcard.

 

 

 

Allen County
  • Allen County Memorial Wall - A tribute to the over 9000 veterans of Allen County. Located on the south side of the square in Iola,Kansas.

  • The Funston House - Major General Frederick Funston Boyhood Home constructed in 1860. Features original furnishings and items related to the historical travels of Kansas, 66749,
    620-365-3051.

  • Old Allen County Jail - Built in 1869 and in use until 1958, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just north of the Iola Square, Iola, Kansas.

  • Humboldt Historical Museum - Includes five historic buildings that exhibit artifacts and information about the area. 2nd and Neosho St., Humboldt, Kansas, 620-473-2250

  • Humboldt Civil War Tour - Self-guided 12-site Civil War Tour is related to the 1861 Raid and Burning of Humboldt by Confederates.

Anderson County

  • Anderson County Museum - Housed in the old Longfellow School building, the museum features historical artifacts, documents and photographs focused on the history of early Anderson County, Kansas. Located at 6th and Maple, P. O. Box 183, Garnett, Kansas 66032, 785-448-5740.

  • The Harris House - Brick mansion was constructed of handmade brick in 1888, operated by the Anderson County Historical Society. Located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Vine Street in Garnett, Kansas 785-448-5740.

 

Atchison County

  • Atchison PostcardAmelia Earhart Birthplace Museum - Birthplace and childhood home of the world-famous aviatrix. 233 North Terrace Street, Atchison, Kansas  66002, 913-367-4217.

  • Atchison County Historical Society Museum - Situated in the restored Santa Fe Depot, the museum features impressive collection of guns, railroad memorabilia and Amelia Earhart's personal effects. 200 S. Tenth St., P.O. Box 201, Atchison, Kansas 66002, 913-367-6238.

  • Atchison Rail Museum - Outdoor collection of railroad cars and locomotives. 200 S. 10th St., Atchison, KS 66002, 913-367-2427.

  • Atchison Trolley - The best way to see Atchison and learn about its rich history is aboard the Atchison Trolley, which provides narrated tours. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. 10th St., Atchison, Kansas 66002, 913-367-2427 or 800-234-1854

  • Evah C. Cray Historical Home Museum - 1881 Victorian mansion is a glorious example of the historic opulence in Atchison. 805 N. 5th St., Atchison, Kansas  66002, 913-367-3046.

  • Lewis & Clark Pavilion - Located in Riverfront Park, the pavilion contains an interactive touch screen monitor and interpretive panels with information on the Lewis & Clark expedition, the Missouri River and the Kanza Nation. Located at the intersection of Commercial Street & River Road, Atchison, Kansas 66002,
    913-367-5500

Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas,  Kathy Weiser, May, 2010.

Image available for photo prints & editorial downloads HERE.

 

  • Muchnic Art Gallery -  Queen Anne-style mansion with period furnishings that displays art by regional artists.704 N. 4th St., Atchison, Kansas 66002, 913-367-4278.

  • St. Benedictís Abbey - Benedictine monks established St. Benedictís Abbey in the late 1850s and about 40 monks atill reside at the abbey. The church was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and completed 1957. Self-guided tours. 1020 N. 2nd St., Atchison, Kansas 66002, 913-367-7853.

  • Mount St. Scholastica Convent - The Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica have been in Atchison since 1863. Guided tours of the chapels and a religious history room by advanced appointment. 801 S. 8th St., Atchison, Kansas 66002, 913-367-6110.

  • Benedictine College - A four-year, Catholic, co-educational and residential liberal arts college on 100 acres overlooking the Missouri River. Freshman Hall, built in 1892 and the schoolís first residential building, is a notable landmark. 1020 N. 2nd St., Atchison, Kansas 66002, 913-367-5340.

Barber County
  • Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Site - Situated near the confluence of Medicine Lodge River and Elm Creek, the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Site commemorates the signing of the Medicine Lodge Treaty in October 1867 by the United States government with major Western Native American tribes of the region. There were a total of three treaties, collectively grouped under one name. The site also includes the camp area on the north and south sides of the Medicine Lodge River, where most of the Native Americans camped. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1969 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is located east of town along Highway 160 in Memorial Peace Park. 620-886-9815

  • Stockade Museum - a replica of a timber fortress, features photographs and artifacts of the town and area history. The site also includes an 1877 Log Cabin, Gypsum House, and an Old Jail inside the Stockade walls. The Carry Nation Home is located right next door. Located at 209 W Fowler (US Hwy 160) in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

Barton County 

  • Barton County Museum and Village - Providing a fascinating glimpse into the past, the Village boasts several authentically furnished period buildings and collections which tell the story of this area from the Paleo Period through the Indian Wars to World War II and beyond. Located on five acres, just south of Great Bend on US Highway 281, across the Arkansas River Bridge, 85 S. Highway 281, Great Bend, Kansas.

Brown County

  • Brown County Agriculture Museum - Agriculture Museum that is reminiscent of a 1900 Kansas farm. Includes the Anderson house, Windmill Lane, a blacksmith shop, antique buggies, cars and tractors. Located at 301 E. Iowa,  Hiawatha, Kansas, 785-742-3702.

  • Brown County Historical Society & Museum - Situated in a 1920 building built as a monument to soldiers in World Was I, the museum depicts the history of Brown County which was settled in 1854. 611 Utah St, Hiawatha,Kansas 66434, 785-742-3330.

Bourbon County

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site - Established in 1842, the post has seen many Indian conflicts and wars. There are 20 historic structures and a parade ground which feature self-guided tours daily and seasonal living history events. Located at the intersection of US Hwy 69 and US Hwy 54 in downtown Fort Scott, Kansas. P.O. Box 918, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701-0918, 620-223-0310

  • Ralph Richards Museum - See turn-of-the-century displays including an old general store, antique tools, weaving looms and quilts, Indian and military artifacts and Eugene Ware's collection of books. 117 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701, 620-223-5443. 

  • Lyons House - Twin mansions built in 1876, now serving as a bed and breakfast and restaurant.  742 S. National, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701, 620-223-0779.

Butler County

  • Augusta Historical Museum and the C. N. James Log Cabin - The museum is filled with artifacts from Native Americans, early Kansas pioneers, the arrival of the Railroad, and the Oil Boom. The log cabin was a trading post built in 1868. 303 State Street, Augusta, Kansas, 67010, 316-775-5655.

  • The Ellet School - 1880 school house, open by appointment. Latham, Kansas, 620-965-3121.

  • Douglass Historical Museum - Pioneer relics and memorabilia of the area. 318 S. Forest, Douglass, Kansas 67039, 316-746-2319

  • Kansas Oil Museum - Dedicated to the discovery and development of the oil industry in Kansas. Features indoor exhibits on farming, ranching and oil; a hand-on children's area, Texaco Theater and Kansas Oil and Gas Legacy Gallery. Located at 383 E. Central Avenue, El Dorado, Kansas, 316-321-9333.

  • Towanda Area Historical Museum - Located inside the 1904 Masonic Lodge Building, the museum offers many artifacts and pictures of the Towanda area. 401 Main Street, Towanda, Kansas, 316-536-2500.

  • Cassoday Historical Museum - Situated in the old depot building,  the  museum features Cassoday's past as cattle shipping town. Located at Washington & Beaumont streets, Cassoday, Kansas 66842, 620-735-7286.

  • Coutts Memorial Museum of Art - A fine art gallery with over one thousand art objects by such artists as Renoir, Thomas Hart Benton and Frederic Remington. 110 N. Main, El Dorado, Kansas 67042, 316-321-1212.  

  • Erman B. White Gallery of Art - Dedicated to the memory of its namesake, a successful El Dorado oil businessman who spent his time either working in the oil fields or teaching aviation.  Located on the campus of Butler County Community College, 901 Haverhill Road, El Dorado, Kansas, 316-321-2222.

 

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