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Old Cowtown Museum
1865 West Museum Boulevard
Phone: 1-316-219-1871 - Tty: - 1-888-264-0671
Statement of Purpose
Old Cowtown Museum is an educational instiution dedicated to preserving
presenting the history of Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865
Highlights & Collections
Old Cowtown Museum is accredited open air living history site with over
restored buildings on 17.3 acres. Located in the heart of Wichita,
and part of the Museums on the River district, Old Cowtown Museum
three distinct time periods through its exhibits. The Old Town Area
the settlement era of early Wichita and includes the Munger House, a
and a half log structure that is listed on the National Historic
of Historic Places.
The townscape, which contains the bulk of the buildings in the
Wichita around 1872. It includes working craft sites such as a
Shop, Carpentry Shop, and The Wichita City Eagle and print shop. It
includes Fritz Snitzler's Saloon, a reconstructed drug store, and one
the few restored wooden grain elevators. The town site also includes a
stable with two Longhorn cattle, as well as a Drovers camp.
The most recent addition that anchors the 1880 time period is the
Farm. This working farm demonstrates an established farm in the county
has Berkshire Hogs, Light Brahma Chickens, Red Durham Short-horned
cows and Tim and Barney, the black Percheron horses that are used to
the farming operations.
The grounds are staffed daily by up to twelve time-period
interpreters who demonstrate daily life in the late 19th Century.
Come journey into that foreign land that is the past!
- Pump the well, ring the dinner bell and experience the sights
and sounds of a growing city.
- Walk the wooden board walks, try a sarsparilla in the saloon and
learn about the days and the ways of the cowboys from our cowboy
- Journey to the DeVore farm to see how "modern" farmers worked
the land as they provided food and income for the growing city and
- Come experience the story of Wichita and Sedgwick county from
settlement, through the days of cowboys and cattle drives to the
refined city that would soon become the largest city in Kansas.
The museum holds over 10,000 objects that pertain to
the life and history
of Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas. The primary purpose of the
is to furnish the historic buildings and demonstrate daily life. The
of the collection is on display with a small collection of archival
that are used in research by the staff and visiting scholars.
Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events
- Weekdays June and July (except the week of July 4th) -Girl
Scouts at Old Cowtown Museum Living History Program
- Learn about daily life of children in the 1870s as you watch
costumed Scouts portray the 1870s by attending the one-room school,
shopping at the general store, making ice cream, cooking with a wood
burning stove, playing games, doing needlework, pumping water, and
doing other daily chores. Part of you will long to have lived back
then,the other part will be glad you don't - some of those chores look
- 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- April 1 through October 31.
- Open December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 1999 for An Old Fashioned
Admission & Directions:
- $7.00 for adults
- $6.50 for Seniors
- $3.50 for Children 5-12
- Children under 5 are free.
- Tuesday and Wednesday seniors are admitted two for the price of
From the Center of Town:
- Follow US 54 (Kellogg Street) west to Seneca Street exit. Turn
north (Right) and follow Seneca Street north to the intersection of
Seneca Street, Central Avenue and Stackman Drive. Turn West (Left) on
Stackman Drive, then immediately left onto Sim Park Drive and continue
on for 1/4 mile to the entrance of Old Cowtown Museum, located between
Wichita Art Museum and Botanica, the Wichita Gardens.
From US Interstate 135:
- Exit at Second Street heading west and proceed though downtown
until Second Street joins Central, then continue to the Intersection of
Stackman Drive. Turn west (right) onto Stackman Drive, then immediately
left onto Sim Park Drive and continue on for 1/4 mile to the entrance
of Old Cowtown Museum, located between Wichita Art Museum and Botanica,
the Wichita Gardens.
Gloria Campbell, Director
- Fred Goss, Assistant Director
- J.Anthony Horsch, Assistant Curator of Education
- Vanya Scott, Collections Curator
- Rick Rekoske, Special Event Coordinator/Marketing
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