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Old Cowtown Museum

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Address: 1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203-3295
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+1 316-350-3323
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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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What Wichita used to be like in the 1800's.

I love this place, many years ago, I was even a reenactor. Little did I know what you had to do to become a reenactor. You must have not only the desire to want to "Live" in the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Robert C
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love this place, many years ago, I was even a reenactor. Little did I know what you had to do to become a reenactor. You must have not only the desire to want to "Live" in the 1800's but you had to study the history of Wichita, the founding father's, the first people who settled in Wichita, and even... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

At first we were expecting more. When you walk in the "town" it just seems like abandoned old buildings with no people around. We were there on a Saturday afternoon and there's no people. But once you start walking around there are people and then when you go inside the different houses and stores it's pretty interesting. In the one... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Cowtown museum was well worth the admission price. We appreciated walking in buildings that were relocated there but really were from the late 1800's. The gun fight was well done. I would like to go back and plan on spending at least 3 hours.

Thank Ohioillinois
Kansas City
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It wasn't bad I was just a little disappointed. The staff was friendly. I just felt like more could have been done with the displays.

Thank Silkey51
Morecambe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really interesting to walk around this wild west town, just as it would have been 100 years ago. Everything from the saloon to the blacksmiths and the school house, most of them being the original buildings. Lots of supporters dressed in period clothes, saloon girls, the marshal and deputy a few gun slingers waiting for the shootout ! There is... More 

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed an evening at Old Cowtown Museum for Victorian Christmas again this year. Old Cowtown is one of the best examples of an early western town with several historical homes and buildings dating back into the 1800's. It is definitely worth a visit.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

This place was hands down one of my favorites of all time. Be prepared to do some walking but it is totally worth it. This is a place the whole family can enjoy from small children to teens.

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Warrensburg, Missouri
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We loved it. Be ready to walk more than you planned as it's huge! Every sort of shop/old business you can think of. Incase you wonder what a funeral home looked like 150 yrs ago. ;) our kids are 10, 9, 4, and 2, and they asked questions and learned a lot. So did we! A cheap and relaxing way... More 

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

This is much more extensive (not expensive) than a typical "old town" that you might find in other cities. I think most of the buildings are original, and they're arranged like an Old West downtown, with a homestead/farm a short walk away. It really reminded me of historical Williamsburg, just in a different time period.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

My wife and I had some time to kill so we went to this museum. When we walked into one of the houses, we saw to photos of a man and woman who lived in the house. Later that day we say the same photos in the African-American museum. Turns out they are the great-great grandparents of Barack Obama!

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