Historical Attractions in Kansas with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Kansas!)

Kansas is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Sunflower State  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Kansas’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Kansas when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Watkins Museum Of History

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    Lawrence

    The Douglas County Historical Society is responsible for the operation, preservation and development of collections in the Watkins Community Museum of History. The Douglas County Historical Society ...

  • Exploration Place

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    Wichita

    Exploration Place is dedicated to providing informal, enjoyable learning experiences with extraordinary resources for exploration for people of all ages. One of the many fun family places to visit if ...

  • Deanna Rose Childrens Farmstead

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    Overland Park

    Explore a 1900s turn of the century farm in Kansas, with 200 animals, gardens, pony rides, and a fishing pond!

  • Great Plains Theatre

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    Abilene

    Welcome to Great Plains Theatre! We are grateful to be presenting another exciting season of offerings and we hope you will take advantage of some, or all of the things GPT brings to Abilene, ...

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  • Cosmosphere: International Sci-Ed Center and Space Museum

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    Hutchinson

    This world-renowned, Smithsonian-Affiliated museum allows visitors to experience the thrill of space exploration. Plus Dr. Goddard's Lab, an explosively fun, rocketry demonstration for kids!

  • The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame

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    Bonner Springs

    Learn all about the historical and present agricultural industry, with fascinating exhibits, train rides and even animals! Historic fun in Kansas!

  • Prairie Museum of Arts and History

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    Colby

    The Prairie Museum of Art and History serves as a cultural center on the High Plains of Kansas, providing the opportunity for the public to learn about art and history through its collections, in ...

  • High Plains Museum

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    Goodland

    A fascinating museum that tells the stories of the people of Western Kansas from the last century. Over 8,000 objects will take the family back through history where kids can discover the rich ...

  • Fick Fossil and History Museum

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    Oakley

    The Fick Fossil and History Museum in Oakley, Kansas shares a building with the community library. The Fick Museum is free (donations) and has a number of interesting large fossils from the area, ...

  • Boot Hill Museum

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    Dodge City

    A great museum for lovers of cowboys and the Old West! Boot Hill Museum also looks at the history of Dodge City which makes for a gunslinging family day out in Kansas!

  • Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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    Hays

    The Sternberg Museum features interactive natural science exhibitions, many traveling and temporary exhibitions, an acclaimed Discovery Room, and a Museum Store. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • McPherson County Old Mill Museum

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    Lindsborg

    Standing tall on the banks of the Smoky Hill River, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum preserves the early heritage of McPherson County. The museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and ...

  • Greyhound Hall of Fame

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    Abilene

    A place to learn about greyhounds, the history of racing and meet retired racers themselves, who all have amazing stories to tell.

  • Ottawa County Historical Museum

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    Minneapolis

    The Ottawa County Historical Museum features many outstanding displays. One of the world's premier George Washington Carver exhibits resides within the museum. Also included is an excellent ...

  • Kauffman Museum

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    North Newton

    The Kaufman museum has: * a tallgrass prairie reconstruction with over 15 species of grasses and more than 100 wildflower species * the award-winning permanent exhibit Of Land and ...

  • Marion Historical Museum

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    Marion

    The Marion County Museum was dedicated and opened to the public during the Old Settlers Celebration in August, 1961. Leslie A. Powell, society president and Al Riffel, Vice President were in Charge ...

  • Combat Air Museum

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    Topeka

    The combat Air Museum is an incredible collection of aircraft which also houses a wide variety of military artifacts from the First World War to the present day. Many aircraft engines are also on ...

  • Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

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    Atchison

    Tour this National Historic Site to learn about the life of one of the world's most influential female aviators. A fascinating day out for kids in Atchison, Kansas.

  • Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

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    Chanute

    Offering a theatre, displays, exhibitions and artefacts detailing the thrilling and adventurous lives and achievements of a couple of honest to goodness Explorers.

  • Wichita Art Museum

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    Wichita

    As the largest art museum in the state of Kansas, the Wichita Art Museum houses one of the country's finest collections of American art, spanning three centuries of painting, sculpture, works on ...

  • Ulrich Museum of Art

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    Wichita

    The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University acts as a catalyst and cultural center for the art of our time. Offering direct encounters with modern and contemporary art and dynamic public ...

  • Kansas Aviation Museum

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    Wichita

    The importance of the Kansas Aviation Museum building to the glory days of Kansas aviation cannot be overstated. Its grand art-deco style appeals both to the aviation community and to anyone ...

  • Lake Afton Public Observatory

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    Goddard

    Through the Observatory's 16-inch telescope you can view such wonders as the planet Saturn and its beautiful rings, and the Moon with its craters and mountains!

  • Kingman County Museum

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    Kingman

    In 1967 the city moved it's offices and fire equipment to a modern building and in 1969 the city sold the old building to the Kingman County Historical Society. The society opened the building to the ...

  • Old Cowtown Museum

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    Wichita

    Experience life in the 1870s in this living history museum, where you can experience midwestern cattle town with wagon rides, blacksmiths, historic buildings and more!

  • Pawnee Indian Village Museum

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    Republic

    Step back in time in this Kansas museum as the whole family can experience the history of the Pawnee Indians, who settled in Republic County as early as 1770.

  • Shelby County Historical Museum

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    Harlan

    Welcome to the Shelby County Historical Museum, located at the corner of Pine Street and Morse Avenue in Harlan. Opened in 1975 as a Bicentennial project, the facility has grown to four buildings ...

  • Kansas Museum of World Treasures

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    Wichita

    Experience a trip through time at one of the most interesting and exciting museums in America. Children will enjoy the fun activity center including a Moon Walk, Puppet Theater, and large play castle ...

  • Reno County Museum

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    Hutchinson

    Why is Reno County a special place to live? Come find out at the Reno County Museum where you will uncover the rich culture and history via their fascinating exhibitions!

  • Kansas Childrens Discovery Center

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    Topeka

    The Kansas Children's Discovery Center is a place of discovery and exploration - where kids can learn by enjoying, playing and experimenting in this hands-on environment focused on education.

  • The Dickinson County Heritage Center

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    Abilene

    History awaits with exhibits on buffalos, Native American culture and pioneers - with a real turn of the century log cabin! Historic fun in Kansas for kids!

  • Dorothys House and Land of Oz

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    Liberal

    Film fans can experience this historic replication of the infamous farmhouse from the film "The Wizard Of Oz", as well as 5,000 square feet of family fun animated entertainment featuring almost all ...

  • Eisenhower Pres. Library Museum and Boyhood Home

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    Abilene

    The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home are a great place to see how one of our Presidents started out and his humble beginnings, and other achievements through out his ...

  • Wonderscope Childrens Museum of Kansas City

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    Shawnee

    Fun, hands-on, imaginative learning is the priority at Wonderscope - a place where kids are encouraged to really embrace their full potential.

  • Wichita Historical Museum

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    Wichita

    A fascinating and historical look into the history of Wichita and its surroundings, all the way back to the mid 1800s.