The Museum has been housed in Wichita’s original City Hall, a landmark building constructed in 1890 and is considered an exhibit in itself. A wide variety of the Museum’s exhibits showcase life in Wichita over the centuries, from the Wichita Indian tribe—whose name the town adopted— to the cowboys who drove their cattle here, to the dawn of aviation and the City’s role as the Air Capital of the World.
Catch a glimpse of Wichita's early entrepreneurial spirit as it emerges from a prairie wilderness.Our History comes alive!
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Take a Tour
On the Museum’s first floor you’ll find: Special exhibits at the Main Street entrance, the Museum Gift Shop, staffed by volunteers, the Davis Orientation Gallery…
On the second floor you’ll find: The DeVore Auditorium containing the Victorian Silver Plate exhibit, the Vintage Drugstore, A Child’s World exhibit, and numerous special…
On the third floor you’ll find: The core exhibit “Wichita the Magic City” which chronicles Wichita’s first fifty years. This is where the Museum begins…
On the fourth floor you’ll find: special exhibits in the Slawson Gallery and the core exhibit “Spirit of Wichita” exhibit which continues the time line…
Art Deco on the Plains
This special exhibit explores Art Deco design locally. The term Art Deco, popularized in the 1960s, applies to the predominant decorative art and design style…
Why We Collect What We Collect
The Museum’s mission involves collecting, preserving and interpreting artifacts of significance to our local history. Beginning with a donation from the Pioneer Society of Sedgwick…
Art Exhibition: Genevieve Frickel
THE ARTISTIC LIFE and WORK of GENEVIEVE FRICKEL Genevieve Ingram Frickel (1900-1985) was an independent visual artist and remarkable figure in the local art and…
The Parking Meter
History museum exhibits often encourage exploring the familiar by viewing it through the lens of the past.The parking meter struck us as an obvious…
In the News
- ‘Heirloom’ book celebrating Wichita’s 150th about to be released by historical museum December 6, 2021
- New Guitar Exhibit Opening May 7, 2021
- Here’s 5 surprising artifacts at the Wichita historical museum. April 16, 2021
- 95 year old Wichita film discovered – available for public view on YouTube July 12, 2019
- Penmanship Workshop July 11, 2019
What our visitors saying about their experience
Highly recommend! We were so surprised at how well presented the artifacts were and how many. Well worth the visit!
Great museum to spend a couple of hours looking at fantastic and informative exhibits. A reasonable price with a good return for your investment.
We got to visit for the first time today and loved it. So many fun things to look at and neat things to read. All our kids loved it too!Cassie C.