Wichita Museums & History

Wichita Museums & HistoryWichita's Native American heritage is only part of the area's rich history. How various cultures, specific historical figures and key places all intertwine to make up the state's compelling history is the subject of the various museums throughout the city. These museums allow both visitors and natives to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Wichita's colorful, dramatic stories of how it all came to be.

Exploration Place
Discover the hands-on exhibits at Exploration Place, where visitors are taken inside the experiments and exhibitions to the point that their hands become a vital part of the total experience. You're invited to get closer to science, as you encounter traveling exhibits like CSI: The Experience, test your flight skills on a flight simulator, and step inside a tornado with the Tornado Simulator. On your visit to the museum, you'll also get a chance to see great science and nature films in the IMAX theater and take part in various specialty programs hosted by Exploration Place.

Address: 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203 - MAP
Phone: (316) 660-0600
Web: www.exploration.org

Kansas Aviation Museum
Is there an aspiring aviator in your family? If so, the classic displays, interactive exhibits and special programs like the very popular flight camp will capture your child's imagination. The information presented at the Kansas Aviation Museum may give flight to and be the perfect point of take off for your child's eventual career.

Address: : 3350 South George Washington Blvd., Wichita, KS 67210 - MAP
Phone: (316) 683-9242
Web: www.kansasaviationmuseum.org

Mid-America All-Indian Center
As the first inhabitants of the area, the stories, traditions, and culture of the American Indian is sometimes forgotten, but the Mid-America All-Indian Center works hard to preserve it all and its mission is to continue to pass on knowledge of this culture to future generations. The museum does a more than admirable job of this, as evidenced by the various classes, exhibits and lectures that are on the schedule year round.

Address: 650 North Seneca, Wichita, KS 67203 - MAP
Phone: (316) 350-3340
Web: www.theindiancenter.org

The treasure hunt is on every day at the Museum of World Treasures! Both highly educational and extremely fun, see such famous world treasures as T-Rex's bones, Egyptian mummies, and various artifacts from important points in military history. Plus, with a very busy activity schedule, there is always a hands-on, interactive project in the works. Check the website regularly to begin a treasure hunt of your very own.

Address: 835 1st Street, Wichita, KS 67202 - MAP
Phone: (316) 263-1311
Web: www.worldtreasures.org

Ever wonder what it was like in the old west? Have you ever imagined what it would feel like to ride on a covered wagon? Want to dress up like a citizen who lived in a western town of old? You can do all of that and more at the Old Cowtown Museum. Located on the shores of the Arkansas River, the museum has exhibits that will allow you to go back to a simpler but much more difficult time in history and learn a lot in the process. And don't forget to take a classic photo of yourself in that great costume before you come back to this century!

Address: 1865 Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203 - MAP
Phone: (316) 219-1871
Web: www.oldcowtown.org

Ulrich Museum of Art
The Ulrich Museum of Art makes it easy to enjoy so many different exhibits and styles of expression that you will come back again and again for the compelling artwork. Seeing great works of art is a given at this museum, but your senses will really be treated when you attend an "Art for Your Ears" event; a concert series that features live performances by local and regional musicians. Other features of the Ulrich include special programs for all ages, as well as workshops and materials for teachers and other education professionals.

Address: 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita, KS 67260 - MAP
Phone: (316) 978-3664
Web: wichita.edu

Wichita Art Museum
At the Wichita Art Museum, the slogan says it all: "Your Museum. America's Art." Priceless pieces adorn the walls of various galleries and their appeal only makes strolling through the museum that much more enjoyable. Special exhibits that feature various mediums as well as limited showings of rare work are just a couple of examples of what is on the schedule of events. Check out their site regularly to find out the latest exhibits.

Address: 1400 West Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203 - MAP
Phone: (316) 268-4921
Web: www.wichitaartmuseum.org

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum takes pride in collecting items that give the city's history a unique perspective. The exhibits are always updated and special presentations like Wichita's Art Stars, What to Wear fashion history exhibition, and theYoung Historians spotlight are just a few of the reasons you'll come back to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum time and time again.

Address: 204 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202 - MAP
Phone: (316) 265-9314
Web: www.wichitahistory.org