School Information

Discover a distinctive local landmark, Wichita's original 1890 City Hall, now home to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum- one of America's finest museums of local history and the perfect setting for your...Adventure in Time!

School Tours

The Museum provides guided tours for all school groups!  School Tours have been carefully designed to follow the Kansas Curricular Standards.  Bus funding is available.

Cost

Your admission is a class donation of any amount. Community support is essential to the Museum’s success. Take up a collection and support the Museum!

Contact Us

For inquiries regarding guided tours and school visits, please contact Museum Educators at:

Phone: (316) 265-9314

Email: tours@wichitahistory.org


A Child's World (Grades 1-2)

(Grades 1-2) Students step back in time and explore an exhibit full of toys, clothing, and children’s activities from the past as they compare and contrast their own daily lives to children living in early Wichita. This tour includes a guided lesson and hand-on activities. (60 minutes)

A Wichita Cottage (Grades 4-6)

Students tour the rooms of a recreated Victorian house and learn about the design and function of the average Wichita home in the 1890s. (Approximately 60 minutes.)

Grasslands (Grades 5-7)

This is a tour based on the historical fiction novel for young readers by Debra Seely entitled Grasslands about life in Kansas from a child’s perspective in the 1880s. The Wichita Cottage and Magic City exhibits illustrate the settings in the book. (Approximately 70 minutes.)

Wichita: The Magic City (Grades 3-5)

Students discover the early days of Wichita and its rapid growth from a vast prairie to a bustling city. This tour focuses on the early settlers and their interaction with the Native Americans and includes hands-on activities relating to Wichita Indian culture and trading practices. (60 minutes)

Comprehensive Tour (All Ages)

Students encounter one of America’s leading history museums and its focus on their community. Students will tour the entire Museum, receiving a broad look at Wichita’s history, with a focus on growth, major events, and technological advances over time. Museum terms are introduced, such as artifact, exhibit and collection. (60 minutes)

Civic & Government (All Ages)

This is a tour that focuses on the fundamentals of our democratic form of government from local to national and what it means to be an active citizen. The original 1890’s Mayor’s Office is a feature of this exhibit. (Approximately 60 minutes.)


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