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Old Cowtown Museum

1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203-3295
+1 316-350-3323
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Halloween at cowtown

Never ever been here. Decided to go around Halloween activitys. What a fantastic place to walk... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jessica b
via mobile
A lot of fun and a lot of walking

This is an 20th c outdoor architectural museum. It is arranged in a residential neighborhood, a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Valerie W
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203-3295
+1 316-350-3323
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Never ever been here. Decided to go around Halloween activitys. What a fantastic place to walk around and visit. Loved the older building. Street fights was with zombies. Lots of activities for kids.

Thank jessica b
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an 20th c outdoor architectural museum. It is arranged in a residential neighborhood, a downtown and a farm. Some buildings like the residential have been moved there, others recreated. Downtown has all kinds of stocked up artisan shops, bank, hotels, dancehall, even a...More

Thank Valerie W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This interesting museum is located off the Chisholm Trail next to the Arkansas river and is one of the oldest open-air living history museums in the United States. It has over 50 historic and re-created buildings taking visitors back in time to experience the sights,...More

Thank charles s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Often overlooked and under appreciated this park composed of actual relocated historic buildings let’s you experience the real Wichita of the 1880s. Not a tourist trap but rather an authentic walking museum. Never crowded always interesting.

Thank mrileybiggs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Haven’t been here in over 30 years and it was great from a nostalgic view to how good this place really is. The exhibits really show how life was during the pioneer days and really interesting whether old or young. I’m surprised hasn’t capitalized and...More

Thank AtlantaLuvTaTravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to experience what Kansas was life in the days before car travel, this is a great experience for the family. Our family really enjoyed watching the blacksmith work, seeing a working farm area, the shops back in the day to purchasing sasparilla...More

Thank LMDWichita
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old Cowtown Historical Museum is a wonderful way to spend a day with family or friends. It's not entertaining in the way video games are, but if you are willing to invest yourself in reading the information provided in each display and letting your imagination...More

Thank dlwiseks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I went for the Christmas special that was going on at the museum. I really appreciated all of the activities that were kid friendly and enjoyable for adults. It was like stepping into the old west. We all had so much fun,...More

Thank Afterangel
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Cowtown is not a collection of made for exhibit buildings. What you see there are real buildings collected from local towns and farms . These are real houses, barns, school rooms, etc. that were rescued when modern society was going to demolish them to make...More

Thank lougks
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Been several times including when I was a child. They have fixed it up a little too much from years ago & by doing so kind of ruined it a bit from then. It used to have bullet holes in the walls & such that...More

Thank USIN0Z
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15 May 2015|
Response from pvanstrander |
average amount of time to spend here
8 May 2015|
Response from bookaholic1970 | Reviewed this property |
$7.75 for adults and $5.50 for children
8 May 2015|
Response from Tuomas H | Reviewed this property |
Regular Museum Admission $7.75 - Adults (18 to 61) $6.50 - Senior Citizens (62 and older) $6.00 - Youth (12 to 17) $5.50 - Children (5 to 11) No charge for children 4 and under and Old Cowtown Museum members Tax is not... More