Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum The local history museum for Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas! A world-class local history museum you will love! Four floors of exhibits celebrating Wichita and Sedgwick County in Wichita's original city hall.
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Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Our Vision: To provide a world class Museum experience, advancing the understanding and exploration of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County Kansas. Our Mission: The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s mission is to educate the community and its visitors about local history by collecting, preserving, and int

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Our Vision: To provide a world class Museum experience, advancing the understanding and exploration of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County Kansas. Our Mission: The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s mission is to educate the community and its visitors about local history by collecting, preserving, and int

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The goat days of summer! Buckminster Fuller's 1946  Dymaxion Dwelling Machine by Beechcraft & designed to use surplus al...
08/04/2021

The goat days of summer! Buckminster Fuller's 1946 Dymaxion Dwelling Machine by Beechcraft & designed to use surplus aluminum at Wichita’s airplane factories post WWII, now at The Henry Ford. Photo from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall! More at www.wichitaphotos.org Visit Wichita

The goat days of summer! Buckminster Fuller's 1946 Dymaxion Dwelling Machine by Beechcraft & designed to use surplus aluminum at Wichita’s airplane factories post WWII, now at The Henry Ford. Photo from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall! More at www.wichitaphotos.org Visit Wichita

The dog days of summer, over a century ago. Wichita businessman O.B. Stocker enjoys the companionship of friends at Wald...
08/03/2021

The dog days of summer, over a century ago. Wichita businessman O.B. Stocker enjoys the companionship of friends at Waldock Lake near Pratt, summer 1903. Photo from our archives. Open today 11-4 in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall with 4 air-conditioned floors of fascinating exhibits! Visit Wichita

The dog days of summer, over a century ago. Wichita businessman O.B. Stocker enjoys the companionship of friends at Waldock Lake near Pratt, summer 1903. Photo from our archives. Open today 11-4 in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall with 4 air-conditioned floors of fascinating exhibits! Visit Wichita

This weekend we celebrate the end of our Sesquicentennial Year! Join us today from 1-5 for a special birthday celebratio...
07/25/2021

This weekend we celebrate the end of our Sesquicentennial Year! Join us today from 1-5 for a special birthday celebration.
Entrance through Heritage Square where guests can enjoy ice cream sandwiches, drinks, music & ambiance and proceed to the Museum through the portico as capacity permits. Free admission for four floors of fascinating exhibits!

This weekend we celebrate the end of our Sesquicentennial Year! Join us today from 1-5 for a special birthday celebration.
Entrance through Heritage Square where guests can enjoy ice cream sandwiches, drinks, music & ambiance and proceed to the Museum through the portico as capacity permits. Free admission for four floors of fascinating exhibits!

This weekend we celebrate the end of our Sesquicentennial Year! Join us today at 12:30 for a special Mayoral Proclamatio...
07/24/2021

This weekend we celebrate the end of our Sesquicentennial Year! Join us today at 12:30 for a special Mayoral Proclamation with Mayor Brandon Whipple from the Mayor's Balcony in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall!
Entrance through Heritage Square (open at 12:30) where guests can enjoy ice cream sandwiches, drinks, music &
ambiance and proceed to the Museum at 1pm
(through the portico as capacity permits). Free admission.

This weekend we celebrate the end of our Sesquicentennial Year! Join us today at 12:30 for a special Mayoral Proclamation with Mayor Brandon Whipple from the Mayor's Balcony in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall!
Entrance through Heritage Square (open at 12:30) where guests can enjoy ice cream sandwiches, drinks, music &
ambiance and proceed to the Museum at 1pm
(through the portico as capacity permits). Free admission.

07/18/2021
Electric Guitar Summit - Part II - An Afternoon with Deke Dickerson

Part of an Electric Guitar Weekend! Sunday, July 18th 1:00-4:00 p.m.
An afternoon with Deke Dickerson, noted performer, author and music historian. Presentation - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. "Amazing Stories of the Electric
Guitar."
Live Performance - 3:00- 4:00 p.m. in the Museum's Heritage Square.

Due to recent updates regarding COVID-19 protocols from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety a...
07/06/2021

Due to recent updates regarding COVID-19 protocols from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the City of Wichita- Government, requirements have been adjusted for COVID-19 procedures. These changes are effective immediately:
Masks are no longer required for all museum visitors.
• Museum visitors who have been fully vaccinated by one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines, and are not otherwise at risk, are no longer required to wear a mask within City of Wichita facilities, including the museum.
• Museum visitors who have not been vaccinated are asked to wear masks while in the museum, staying in compliance with CDC and OSHA guidance.
• All visitors who wish to wear a mask are encouraged to do so regardless of vaccination status.
• Social distancing from others of 6 feet or more is recommended while inside the museum.
• Frontline museum staff—including the Admissions Desk, Museum Shop, and Gallery Staff — regardless of vaccination status, will continue to wear face coverings. All Museum staff, regardless of vaccination status, will continue to wear masks while in public spaces.
• Safety protocols remain in place, including the availability of hand sanitizer to visitors and continued cleaning and sanitation of high-contact places, including door handles and stair railings.

All museum visitors are asked to be vigilant in seeking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. THANK YOU for your patience and good citizenship as we continue to navigate challenges of the global pandemic. These newsboy display pieces were part of A. A. Hyde Mentholatum “Make the Passer-Buy”
sales strategy of the early 1930s and are from our collection.

Due to recent updates regarding COVID-19 protocols from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the City of Wichita- Government, requirements have been adjusted for COVID-19 procedures. These changes are effective immediately:
Masks are no longer required for all museum visitors.
• Museum visitors who have been fully vaccinated by one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines, and are not otherwise at risk, are no longer required to wear a mask within City of Wichita facilities, including the museum.
• Museum visitors who have not been vaccinated are asked to wear masks while in the museum, staying in compliance with CDC and OSHA guidance.
• All visitors who wish to wear a mask are encouraged to do so regardless of vaccination status.
• Social distancing from others of 6 feet or more is recommended while inside the museum.
• Frontline museum staff—including the Admissions Desk, Museum Shop, and Gallery Staff — regardless of vaccination status, will continue to wear face coverings. All Museum staff, regardless of vaccination status, will continue to wear masks while in public spaces.
• Safety protocols remain in place, including the availability of hand sanitizer to visitors and continued cleaning and sanitation of high-contact places, including door handles and stair railings.

All museum visitors are asked to be vigilant in seeking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. THANK YOU for your patience and good citizenship as we continue to navigate challenges of the global pandemic. These newsboy display pieces were part of A. A. Hyde Mentholatum “Make the Passer-Buy”
sales strategy of the early 1930s and are from our collection.

The Museum is CLOSED today in honor of Independence Day but in 1890 the City of Wichita- Government held a grand celebra...
07/04/2021

The Museum is CLOSED today in honor of Independence Day but in 1890 the City of Wichita- Government held a grand celebration with the laying of the cornerstone for a new city hall! Poster from our collection. #Happy4thofJuly

The Museum is CLOSED today in honor of Independence Day but in 1890 the City of Wichita- Government held a grand celebration with the laying of the cornerstone for a new city hall! Poster from our collection. #Happy4thofJuly

In honor of #IndependenceDay, the Museum will be CLOSED on Sunday, July 4! American flags line Douglas in this century-o...
07/01/2021

In honor of #IndependenceDay, the Museum will be CLOSED on Sunday, July 4! American flags line Douglas in this century-old photograph from our archives. The Bitting Building under renovation (7 floors added 1919) at center, Douglas & Market. Open regular hours today - Saturday - come see us! More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org Visit Wichita

In honor of #IndependenceDay, the Museum will be CLOSED on Sunday, July 4! American flags line Douglas in this century-old photograph from our archives. The Bitting Building under renovation (7 floors added 1919) at center, Douglas & Market. Open regular hours today - Saturday - come see us! More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org Visit Wichita

06/18/2021
The Wichita Monrovians, Colored Western League

Wonderful program from our friends at TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum! The Monrovians, part of the Colored Western League, played & won against a Wichita Ku Klux Klan chapter in 1925 at Island Park on Ackerman Island.

Kudos to this amazing artist!
06/15/2021

Kudos to this amazing artist!

Curator Jami Frazier Tracy shares favorite local history stories & books including the legacy of Louise Caldwell Murdock...
06/08/2021

Curator Jami Frazier Tracy shares favorite local history stories & books including the legacy of Louise Caldwell Murdock & the
Wichita Art Museum, For Your Amusement: The Wonderland Park on Ackerman Island, Dockum Sit-in & more for #ReadICT Challenge https://wichitalibrary.org/podcast
Wichita Public Library Photo of the Wichita Art Museum from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall!

Curator Jami Frazier Tracy shares favorite local history stories & books including the legacy of Louise Caldwell Murdock & the
Wichita Art Museum, For Your Amusement: The Wonderland Park on Ackerman Island, Dockum Sit-in & more for #ReadICT Challenge https://wichitalibrary.org/podcast
Wichita Public Library Photo of the Wichita Art Museum from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall!

Our friends at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum are celebrating  artist Blackbear Bosin's 100th birthday today!  Bosin,...
06/05/2021

Our friends at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum
are celebrating artist Blackbear Bosin's 100th birthday today! Bosin, far right, worked closely with Kansas Gas & Electric to create the iconic Keeper of the Plains in1974. Engineering model at left on view at the Historical Museum - see it after you pick up your Visit Wichita Wichita Attractions Passport!

Our friends at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum
are celebrating artist Blackbear Bosin's 100th birthday today! Bosin, far right, worked closely with Kansas Gas & Electric to create the iconic Keeper of the Plains in1974. Engineering model at left on view at the Historical Museum - see it after you pick up your Visit Wichita Wichita Attractions Passport!

Designed by local architect & Frank Lloyd Wright student Don Buel Schuler, the Victory Arch spanned Douglas Avenue at La...
05/30/2021

Designed by local architect & Frank Lloyd Wright student Don Buel Schuler, the Victory Arch spanned Douglas Avenue at Lawrence (now Broadway) and served as a memorial to the city’s WWI fallen heroes as well as a greeting to soldiers returning to Wichita. Photo from our archives. We are a Blue Star Museum! Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and museums across America offering free admission through Labor Day to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

Designed by local architect & Frank Lloyd Wright student Don Buel Schuler, the Victory Arch spanned Douglas Avenue at Lawrence (now Broadway) and served as a memorial to the city’s WWI fallen heroes as well as a greeting to soldiers returning to Wichita. Photo from our archives. We are a Blue Star Museum! Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and museums across America offering free admission through Labor Day to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

05/26/2021
Senior Wednesday - Somos de Wichita

Jay Price & Enrique Navarro tell the story of the Somos de Wichita/We are Wichita project, a bilingual exhibit that tells the story of Latino families in Wichita in the 20th century. This project is a virtual exhibit with the cornerstone being the https://somos.wichita.edu/en/ site and continues in 2021 with a photo history on the North End’s Latino story. Senior Wednesdays are sponsored by the Trust Company of Kansas and a generous grant by Mickey Armstrong

Admission FREE today at YOUR local history HQ, but don't forget to feed the parking meter! Celebrating International Mus...
05/18/2021

Admission FREE today at YOUR local history HQ, but don't forget to feed the parking meter! Celebrating International Museum Day 11am-4pm in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. Rare 1950s color view looking east on Douglas from the Broadview Hotel. Photo from our archive.

Admission FREE today at YOUR local history HQ, but don't forget to feed the parking meter! Celebrating International Museum Day 11am-4pm in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. Rare 1950s color view looking east on Douglas from the Broadview Hotel. Photo from our archive.

Wayne Wong & friend in Oak Park, 1944. Wong immigrated from China in the 1930s,  became a successful entrepreneur & wrot...
05/11/2021

Wayne Wong & friend in Oak Park, 1944. Wong immigrated from China in the 1930s, became a successful entrepreneur & wrote "American Paper Son" available at Wichita Public Library Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. #AAPIHeritage Bike Month ICT Wichita Park & Recreation Visit Wichita Open today 11-4! @ictread #SupportLocalMuseums #ReadICT


@VisitWichita
Open today 11-4!

Wayne Wong & friend in Oak Park, 1944. Wong immigrated from China in the 1930s, became a successful entrepreneur & wrote "American Paper Son" available at Wichita Public Library Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. #AAPIHeritage Bike Month ICT Wichita Park & Recreation Visit Wichita Open today 11-4! @ictread #SupportLocalMuseums #ReadICT


@VisitWichita
Open today 11-4!

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 30! Skip the indoor picnic & dine al fresco at YOUR local history HQ! Free lunchtime admission whe...
05/05/2021

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 30! Skip the indoor picnic & dine al fresco at YOUR local history HQ! Free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch & eat outdoors in Heritage Square, now through JUNE 30. After dining, visitors may tour the Museum (no food or drink inside). Photo of the Wichita YWCA ca. 1910 from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall.

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 30! Skip the indoor picnic & dine al fresco at YOUR local history HQ! Free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch & eat outdoors in Heritage Square, now through JUNE 30. After dining, visitors may tour the Museum (no food or drink inside). Photo of the Wichita YWCA ca. 1910 from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall.

04/28/2021
Senior Wednesday - Wichita Pioneer Robert E. Lawrence

Join archivist Gary Huffman in an in-depth look into the life of one of Wichita’s earliest settlers: Robert E. Lawrence. Huffman continues to transcribe and archive the diaries of Lawrence, watching as Lawrence lives day to day in the blossoming city of Wichita, working as a banker, real estate operator, commercial builder; serving on the Wichita Board of Education, the Kansas State Legislature, as a devout member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Senior Wednesdays are sponsored by The Trust Company of Kansas and a generous grant from Mickey Armstrong.

It's #NationalPicnicDay!  Paul Mar, Ning Mar, and Wayne Wong immigrated to Wichita in the 1930s & were employed at the P...
04/23/2021

It's #NationalPicnicDay! Paul Mar, Ning Mar, and Wayne Wong immigrated to Wichita in the 1930s & were employed at the Pan American Cafe. They enjoyed a picnic at Santa Fe Lake (near Augusta) in 1941. Photo from our archives in the beautiful original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Have your picnic here - the Museum offers free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch and eat outdoors in beautiful Heritage Square, now through May 30.

It's #NationalPicnicDay! Paul Mar, Ning Mar, and Wayne Wong immigrated to Wichita in the 1930s & were employed at the Pan American Cafe. They enjoyed a picnic at Santa Fe Lake (near Augusta) in 1941. Photo from our archives in the beautiful original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Have your picnic here - the Museum offers free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch and eat outdoors in beautiful Heritage Square, now through May 30.

Our duck friends are celebrating #EarthDay2021 in the water. They would welcome your company! Open today 11-4, offering ...
04/22/2021

Our duck friends are celebrating #EarthDay2021 in the water. They would welcome your company! Open today 11-4, offering free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch and eat outdoors in beautiful Heritage Square, now through May 30th.

Our duck friends are celebrating #EarthDay2021 in the water. They would welcome your company! Open today 11-4, offering free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch and eat outdoors in beautiful Heritage Square, now through May 30th.

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Wichita, KS
67202

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Friday 11am - 4pm
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Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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This is an original photo of my grandmother's restaurant (June Rankin) "June's Lunch". It was located on 514 S. Topeka, next to the original #2 Wichita fire station. The restaurant was open from around 1937 to 1942. The building is long gone, just a vacant lot next to the former #2 fire station, which is now a maintenance building.
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Where was the June Frisby music school? My wife attended lessons there in the early 1950s as an accordion student.
We had a wonderful time visiting the museum during the Wreath Festival! 🎄
Does anyone have any documentation, photographs, or record of a Suburban Rest Home circa 1936, in Wichita, please?