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Old Cowtown Museum

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Address: 1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203-3295
Phone Number:
+1 316-350-3323
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum...

Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum that recreates Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865 to 1880. Museum staff dress in period costume and demonstrate everyday activities including, gardening, tending livestock and cooking.

Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works with the City of Wichita to further the Museum and its mission. Established in 1952, Cowtown's unique programming chronicles Wichita's transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town to an agricultural and manufacturing area. The Museum has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures they continue to uphold public trust. Only 3 percent of the nation's estimated 34,144 museums are accredited.

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Old West Town

This place was amazing. It was really cold out, so there was only one other visitor when we got there at 10 am. The buildings are original and set up as close to the way they were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Pittsburg, Texas
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Pittsburg, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was amazing. It was really cold out, so there was only one other visitor when we got there at 10 am. The buildings are original and set up as close to the way they were for the time. It's like stepping back in time as you go through each building. We ran out of time to see the... More 

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Topeka, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I took my 8 and 10 year old kids to the Old Cowtown Museum on a Saturday morning. It was a blast! The old buildings and the overall facilities are very well kept. The volunteer staff was very kind and we enjoyed the Wild West shootout in the main square.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Was a great day spent learning how buildings , tools , dentists, doctors and many other things were in the late 1800's. The people on site were very knowledgeable of the history of Wichita, the man in the carpenter shop was very good.

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Dexter, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Very well laid out, extremely clean. Lots of relics from that time period. Interesting and extremely educational. Would be great for people of all ages and families.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Well done and fantastic to look through to see how our ancestors lived through the ages. If you really want to take photos and to seriously look at all the exhibits, I don't recommend going to look around when they have family Halloween activities on or big crowd family days, it's too crowded and it devalues the authenticity of the... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Nice to go back in time. This place was carefully planned. It really looks and feels like a town way back when. We enjoyed it. Great learning for kids.

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Boise, ID
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

For someone with any interest in western history, Old Cowtown is a great experience. Historical structures have been appropriately furnished for the period. We spent several hours there hoping not to miss a thing.

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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The people were nice. One woman gave us a ride in a golf cart to where the buildings were so my wife wouldn't have to walk on her bad knees. Saw a shootout between bad guys and the sheriff. All was shot but the women and kids. Visited with a very knowledgeable man in the Masonic Hall building. Being a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I take my kids to Old Cowtown regularly. Sometimes we pop in and out and sometimes we wander for quite sometime. The volunteers who make Cowtown come to life are fantastic and everyone has a great time while learning about history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Cowtown truly takes you back to the good ol western days!! It's like you went back in time and you are truly there. My kids love it and so do I. Sometimes they are not fully staffed and do not have all of the people there working so some of the stores are closed down and you don't get to... More 

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