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Chase County

  • Chase County Historical Society Museum and Library - Housed in the 1882 Chase County National Bank building, the museum features historical artifacts, photos and memorabilia related to the history of Chase County, Kansas. 301 Broadway, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, 620-273-8500.

  • Ranch House at Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, KansasTallgrass Prairie National Preserve - Once covering 140 million acres of North America, the vast majority of the tall grass prairie was plowed under or developed during the days of westward expansion. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. 2480 Kansas Highway 177, Strong City, Kansas  66869, 620-273-8494.

 

Chatagua County

  • Cedar Vale Museum - Housed in the building once occupied by Adam's Mercantile, the museum features memorabilia, artifacts, pictures, and history of Cedar Vale and the area. 618 Cedar, Cedar Vale, Kansas 67024, 620-758-2590.

  • Emmett Kelley Museum - Housed in an 1896 Opera House in the town of his birth, the museum is devoted to the memory of Emmett Kelly Sr. who brought joy and laughter to people everywhere. Known as the World's most famous clown, he lived his childhood years in Sedan. 204 E. Main Street in Sedan, Kansas 67361, 620-725-3470.

  • Wee Kirk of the Valley Chapel - Located just south of Cedar Vale is a tiny chapel that holds only 12 people. It is located on private property, but it can be seen from the county road.

Cherokee County

  • Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum - Focused on the history of Baxter Springs, the museum offers extensive Civil War displays, artifacts of the Native American tribes of the area, a Reference Room. The Reference Room includes Baxter Springs newspapers from the 1800s and the oldest Kansas City Council records. 740 East Avenue, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

  • Big Brutus Museum - Mining history is featured with emphasis on the enormous 16 story tall Big Brutus, touted as the second largest electric shovel in the world. Located 6 miles west of the junction of Kansas 7 and Kansas 102 near West Mineral, Kansas.

Clark County

  • Pioneer Krier Museum - Focused on the history of Clark County, Kansas. 430 W. 4th Avenue, Ashland, Kansas.

Cloud County

  • Brown Grand Theatre - Located in Concordia, Kansas, this magnificent French Renaissance theatre was built 1906-1907 by Colonel Napoleon Bonaparte Brown at a cost of $40,000. It has been restored and the stage once again serves the community.

 

 

Coffey County

  • Coffey County Historical Society and Museum - Sharing the heritage of Coffey County, Kansas, the museum features an extensive antique doll collection, a restored 1896 one-room schoolhouse, a restored 1895 church, a restored Conestoga wagon and a genealogy library available for researchers. Rental is available for weddings and other events. Located at 1101 Neosho in Burlington, Kansas.

Cowley County

  • Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum - Dedicated to the history of the Cherokee Strip Land Rush on September 16, 1893. Arkansas City was the largest registration point for the race where over 110,000 people raced for a piece of land. For genealogy buffs, there is a genealogical library housed in the museum. Located at 31639 US 77 in Arkansas City, Kansas.

  • Cowley County Historical Museum - Devoted to the preservation of historical documents, artifacts and genealogy records related to the history of the Cowley County area. Located at 1011 Mansfield Street in Winfield, Kansas.

Decatur County

  • Decatur Last Indian Raid Museum - The museum includes 14 buildings and a large collection of Indian artifacts. Buildings include a 1922 school house, a doctor's office, an old Phillips service station, a sod house, a general store and others. Located at 258 S. Penn in Oberlin, Kansas.

Dickinson County

  • Abilene and Smokey Valley Railroad - Restored #3415 Pacific Railroad steam engine travels a 10  mile round trip excursion train ride through Smoky Hill River valley from Abilene to Enterprise. Admission fee. Operates on a limited schedule. 200 S. Fifth Street, Abilene, Kansas 67410, 785-263-1077 (office) or 785-263-0118 (depot).

  • Abilene Public Library Doll Collection - WPA American fashion; Mamie Eisenhower & Davis Sisters collections, no admission fee. 209 N. W. 4th Street, Abilene, Kansas  67410, 785-263-3082.

  • American Indian Art Center - Kansas' only totally American Indian produced fine art and craft gallery. No admission fee. 206 S. Buckeye, Abilene, Kansas 67410, 785-263-0090.

  • Antique Doll Museum - 200 bisque, china, wooden and tin dolls. Admission fee, open by appointment. 1709 N. Buckeye, Abilene, Kansas 67410, 785-2363-1883.

  • C.W. Parker Carousel - Hand-carved working carousel, manufactured in Abilene at the beginning of the 20th century by C. W. Parker Amusement Co. Admission fee. 412 S. Campbell, Abilene, Kansas 67410, 785-263-2681.

  • Heritage Center of Dickinson County - History museum detailing life in the Abilene, Kansas area along with a research center which includes files of Dickinson County records and newspapers. Admission fee. 412 S. Campbell, Abilene, Kansas 67410, 785-263-2681.

  • Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum - Built to house the materials and objects related to Dwight D. Eisenhower's life, the museum contains over 30,000-square feet of gallery space, with exhibits showing fine art objects collected by and given to Eisenhower, as well as the story of his careers as military leader and President of the United States. Admission Fee. 200 S.E. 4th Street, Abilene, Kansas   67410, 785-263-4751.

  • Greyhound Hall of Fame - Greyhound history dating back to 5,000 BC,  miniature racetrack. Donation. 407 S Buckeye, Abilene, KS 67410, 785-263-3000 or 800-932-7881.

  • Museum of Independent Telephony - Early independent telephone system history & displays. Admission. 412 S Campbell, Abilene, Kansas 67410, 785-263-2681.

  • Old Abilene Town, Abilene, KansasOld Abilene Town - Includes a collection of Abilene historic buildings, allowing one to step back in time to an earlier era in Kansas history. Weekend activities include stagecoach rides, gunfights at the Alamo Saloon, a WWII Generals Wax Museum, and the Abilene Smoky Valley Railroad. Donation. 100 SE 5th, Abilene, Kansas 67410, 785-263-4194.

  • Seelye Mansion & Patent Medicine Museum - Beautiful Georgian home built in the early 1900's. The Patent Medicine Museum contains many artifacts of the A.B. Seelye Medical Company. Founded in 1890. Admission fee. 1105 N Buckeye, Abilene, Kansas 67410, 785-263-1084.  

  • Vintage Fashion Museum - Fashions from 1870's to 1970's; special exhibits & programs. Admission fee. 212 N. Broadway, Abilene, Kansas 67410, 785-263-7997.  

 

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