As soon as you enter Old Cowtown Museum, you will be transported back to the 1870s and realize you are now in a world just off the Chisholm Trail that time no longer forgets!
Old Cowtown Museum is a great place for kids to connect to history first hand, and so much better than reading about it in the history books!
There are 10,000 pieces in the museum’s permanent collection, from art, to tools, textiles, furnishings, and furniture, all of which will really tell the story of what life was really like during this time in Kansas history.
All these can be found in the historic structures that will really let kids imagination run wild when they try and picture the sounds and bustle that would have occurred right within those walls!
Old Cowtown Museum has 54 historic and recreated buildings all along the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River. Of these, 27 of the buildings are actually original, including the Blood Family Homestead, Presbyterian Church, general store, and even the jail!
Kids – what do you think would be the crimes of those who spent life behind those bars?
Make sure you stop by the one room schoolhouse too – it’s a fun way to show kids how learning used to be, and we’re sure it’s pretty different from their school life today!
There are unique programs, which tell the story of Wichita’s transformation from what was once a frontier settlement, to then a cattle town. The daily activities and special events really give kids a unique experience, and one that can only be truly explained when you visit!
So let’s go…history is waiting!