Old Cowtown Museum104 Votes Currently Open
- Address: 1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, Kansas, USA, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-3163503323
- Ticket Price: 8 USD
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: History Museums, Family And Kids
The Old Cowtown Museum was established in 1952 and includes a collection of 54 historic buildings, a farm and a part of the famous Chisholm Trail. The ‘museum’ in itself is more of a preserved heritage area where you can experience life in 19th century Wichita. You can find a collection of grass houses, old wagons and cutlery here along with real, live animals cared for at the farms. The place is home to Percheron horses, sheep, chickens, a goat and a Durham milk cow.
The best part about the museum is that you can literally walk around the entire area and be a part of on-going activities and learning programs that will take you through the journey of Wichita to its present day image of being a manufacturing capital. Wichita was established by businessmen in the 1870’s on what was formerly a region occupied by the Wichita tribe. The subsequent development in railroad connectivity in the early 1870’s transformed the small town into railhead for cattle drives from the nearby state of Texas- giving it the nickname of “Cowtown”. The neighboring town of Delano became an infamous brothel that would see many cattlemen spend days around the village entertained in small saloons. To avoid bad reputation in 1880, Wichita ceased connections with Delano and soon the city turned itself into a major agricultural and cattle town. In the 21st century, with the rising modern culture, many films were shot here and today, the museum has become more like a historical retreat where you can enjoy the simpler things in life, see the country side and learn about the stories of the place and the people who lived here.
Highlights of the museum include:
- The Wichita Eagle newspaper office
- The town blacksmith shop
- Old stores
- The Arkansa Valley Gran elevator and house
- An old Saloon/ bar
Entrance Ticket Details For Old Cowtown Museum
- Children 4-11 years: $5.50
- Youth 12- 17 year olds: $6
- Adults: $7.75
- Senior citizen (62 + years): $6.50
How to Reach Old Cowtown Museum
- By Bus: Stackman And Pine Ob
- By Taxi
- By renting a car
- You can rent a bike from Bike share ICT
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58.43% of people who visit Wichita include Old Cowtown Museum in their plan
35.71% of people start their Old Cowtown Museum visit around 3 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Old Cowtown Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Old Cowtown Museum