Old Cowtown Museum

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  • 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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  • Old Cowtown Museum Address: 1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, Kansas, USA, United States
  • Old Cowtown Museum Contact Number: +1-3163503323
  • Old Cowtown Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Old Cowtown Museum Price: 8 USD
  • Best time to visit Old Cowtown Museum(preferred time): 10:30 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Old Cowtown Museum: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 62.65% 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

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Old Cowtown Museum

People normally club together Old Town and Museum Of World Treasures while planning their visit to Old Cowtown Museum.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Old Cowtown Museum Reviews & Ratings

  • Definitely great family entertainment and very educational. Took my grandkids (5), ages 14 to 5 years and they were constantly looking for what is going to happen next! Spent time with the blacksmith watching him at his trade. Very informative and answered the kids questions using examples of comparing today vs then. Can't wait for Christmas, when we plan on attending again.

  • Wish we could have seen more but it's a great place to get to see the "old west". Very fun to see how things have changed so much between then and now. Also love that they are part of "blue star" and hope they will continue to be for years to come.

  • We absolutely loved our 2 days at The Age of the Gunfighter! My family had an amazing time! Thank you for inviting me to be part of this great event!! -Mag Wood {Border Queen Regulators}

  • Very interesting. Saw two shootouts on main street. Well worth the trip. The performers , staff and resident cat were all very friendly.

  • Awesome place with lots of awesome history. And great show by the cowboys. We loved it. And we have already told others we will be back.

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