2111 E Kansas Ave
McPherson, KS 67460
Phone: (620) 241-6960
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Arts & Museums
The Kauffman Museum is located on the campus of Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. This storehouse of information and knowledge specializes in telling the tale of life and all the components of life on the central plains. Their remarkable permanent exhibit, called 'Of Land and People', has earned much applause and appreciation for being a comprehensive display detailing the story of the Mennonites who arrived on the central plains in the late 19th Century, and whose existence in turn affected the human, animal, and plant life on the plains. The museum is also home to exhibits of various flora and fauna that are indigenous to the prairie. See the website to plan your visit.
Step into the shoes of a miner as you explore Strataca - Kansas Underground Salt Museum, located below Hutchinson city's surface. This mine, originally known as The Carey Salt Mine that opened in 1923, was preserved after its closure and has been operating as a museum since 1999. After donning on safety apparel, your tour begins with a descent through The Shaft into the Stratadome, which contains exhibits to enlighten you on the mining process. Regular themed events make the exploration of these caves even more interesting; check the website for latest schedule and participate.
The Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center is an excellent place to take a field trip to as you will get to learn and unravel truths about the universe that are a big mystery to all of us till date. There is a planetarium as well as various artifacts, exhibitions, movies and more that will aid you in gathering knowledge. Camps are conducted by the center for educational and recreational purposes. To know more about the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, do visit their website.
The home of the former president Dwight D . Eisenhower, this building complex houses the famous Eisenhower Presidential library and Museum. Constructed with locally available limestone, this complex is a visual stunner from the outside. The center portrays the life story of Eisenhower in attentive detail. The museum also has a wide variety of historical artifacts in display. Also exhibited at the Eisenhower Center are rare manuscripts and audiovisual materials related to this famous personality. There is a nominal admission fee to the museum and it is definitely a must-see.
A trip to the museum may seem a little uninteresting to some people, but a visit to the Heritage Center of Dickinson County is sure to make one re-think and re-look at such a prospect. Located in the quiet city of Abilene, this center is home to two museums, Historical Museum and the Telephone Museum, each detailing different aspects of the evolution of life in Dickinson County. Besides the museums, the center also comprises outdoor attractions like the historic 1901 Parker Carousel, on which you can even ride for USD2 per person! See the website or call to know more.
Learn about local plants and wildlife at the Great Plains Nature Center. Inside, exhibits like Kansas Wildlife and Prairies of the World are educational for both kids and adults. Outside, trails provide the perfect opportunity to view some of the flora and fauna you learned about inside. Remember your trip here with something from the gift shop - it offers a variety of books, toys, and other fun memorabilia.
The Ulrich Museum of Art was established in 1974 and is named after New York businessman Edwin A. Ulrich, who donated over 300 paintings by Frederick Judd Waugh to the museum. The museum has a striking appearance on the outside and houses two galleries. The Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection has over 70 statues. These include the works of eminent artists like Luis Jiménez, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson and others. The museum provides free guided tours.
Feel like you've traveled back in time at this museum, where costumed actors recreate the lifestyle of a cattle town from the 1870s. This sprawling museum is designed as a working town complete with residential houses, an industrial area, a farm and various other elements that comprised a town back in the day. Well thought-out re-enactments of scenes from daily life make this an interesting attraction for kids as well as adults. The Hunter Area, Drovers Camp, DeVore Farm and the Industrial Area are some of the prominent living exhibits of the museum. In addition to this, the Empire Hall showcases an extensive collection of historical artifacts. The gift shop on site has unique souvenirs and tours are available.
The Wichita Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in all of Kansas. Established in 1935, it has a sterling collection of American art. The art collection of approximately 7,000 works spanning over three centuries includes sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts. It boasts works by illustrious artists like Mary Cassat, Winslow Homer, and many more. Established in 1935, the museum has a unique area known as The Living Room where visitors can try their hand at creating their own art. The museum also features a cafe and a store where gift items made by local artists are available.
Housed inside the Mid-America All-Indian Center, this museum showcases and exhibits Native American art and culture. The exhibits include traditional artifacts and contemporary art, both historic and contemporary from Native American tribes. The artists are some of the very best in Native American art. Along with the permanent exhibits, there are also temporary exhibits on various topics. Check the website for more information.
The mission at Exploration Place is to make learning about science fun and interesting for kids and adults alike. Exhibits are creative and interactive, like the Big Mouth, where you can walk up to a huge, anatomically correct replica of the human mouth and learn about teeth, gums, and good oral hygiene. There's plenty of rental space available here for meetings or a special event. In fact, kids love birthday parties here!